ESL One To Host Largest DotA 2 Event In Mumbai

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One of the world’s largest Esports company, ESL, has one of its biggest events coming up in India. That’s right, ESL One, in association with Nodwin Gaming will be the first DotA 2 Stadium Event that’ll be held in Mumbai from 19 to 21 April. The hype is absolutely real, as 12 of the world’s best DotA 2 teams will battle it out for a prize pool of $300,000. It’s all very unbelievable. Why? Because an event of this magnitude has never been organized in our country before.

 What is DotA?

DotA is an abbreviation for Defense of the Ancients. It’s an multiplayer online battle arena game developed by Valve studios. The game is free to play. It has an all-time peak player count of 1,291,328 around the globe. DotA 2 has grown to be one of the biggest Esports title so far. The prize pool for its premier tournament – The International reached almost $25,532,177.

Check out DotA 2 at the official Steam Website here.

Know more about ESL

ESL (short for Electronic Sports League) has previously organized the world’s biggest esports tournaments. ESL One Katowice was one of their most viewed events online in 2015. It was broadcasted on Twitch, with over 1 million in active viewership. The event gave birth to a glorious era in Esports. In the words of the Senior Vice President of Product at ESL, “We can’t wait to bring ESL One to a completely new location– especially since this will mark the first big Dota 2 tournament in India”.

 Tournament Format and Venue

Seven of the twelve teams at the tournament will be directly invited. Four other teams will be selected via online qualifiers in Europe, North America, Greater China and Southeast Asia. The last slot at ESL One will be reserved for an Indian team to showcase their talent at the cost of this one big opportunity. Furthermore, the top eight teams will play in front of the live crowd at the NSCI dome in Mumbai. It’s an amazing venue with a 8,000 seating capacity.


Nodwin Gaming will be working alongside ESL to provide the players and the viewers a one-of-a-kind DotA 2 experience. With past experience in organizing premier Esports events in India, they’ll be perfect in regard to the requirements at an event of such stature.

Passes and more!

Passes for ESL One Mumbai are already live. They range from 499 INR for single day passes to 2499 INR for Premium 3 day passes. Apart from the matches, there will be cosplays, premium signing sessions and a lot more of those fun activities you need to look out for. Click here for all details about the tournament, and also to purchase passes for the same.

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