Esports event organizer ESL has announced that Dota 2 will be part of ESL One Katowice 2018 as a Dota 2 Pro Circuit Major.
Sixteen teams, yet to be announced, will participate in the Polish tournament in late February for their share of $1 million USD. The top four teams will also take home their share of 1500 Qualifying Points, with 750 for the first-place team.
This tournament will be the third of four Dota Pro Circuit events by the production company, and the second of three Major. Taking place later this week is the ESL One Hamburg Major in Germany, and in late January, the company will bring back ESL One Genting in Malaysia as a Minor. The fourth ESL Pro Circuit event, already known to be a Major in late May, has not yet been announced.
It seems that Dota 2 is new in rounding out the event’s historic three-genre lineup. In previous years, League of Legends was the event’s MOBA of choice, but developers Riot have recently reined in third-party events in favor of developer-run tournaments and leagues. Starcraft II and Counter-Strike: Global Offense competitions will take place at the event, as part of Intel Extreme Masters, the week following the Dota 2 tournament.