MLG Introduces Dota 2 League Tonight
MLG's fall Dota 2 season begins tonight, and you can tune in to catch the action. The coverage spans eight North American teams, and will be featured on MLG.com and via the Dota 2 client through September 30, 2013.
Tonight's broadcast features two different match ups: Shadowfiend Eats Cake vs. Pretty Boy Swag and Purple vs. Avanti's Angles. Other teams that made their way in via open qualifier include: Stay Free, The Joikernaught, and No Love. Dignitas appears by invitation.
Broadcasts start tonight at 7 pm Eastern, and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays (both at 7 pm) and on Sundays (4 pm). The season will culminate in the $15,000 MLG Fall Invitational at Full Sail on October 18.
The winner of that event will get a bid in the MLG Championship to be held in Columbus, Ohio from November 22 through 24, 2013. The action will be streamed on MLG's website and via the Dota 2 client ($3.99 buy-in).
I had the chance to talk with an MLG representative at PAX last weekend. Dota 2 is an important addition to the professional broadcast stable, as its garnered huge viewership for Valve. The community helped beef up the championship prize pool to approximately $3 million, and that event and the Starcraft World Championship Series combined brought in over 4.5 million unique viewers in one weekend. Put simply, Dota 2 is an important title, and MLG wants to be part of it.