After the success of ESL One Birmingham 2018, which saw 12 of the best Dota 2 teams descend on the United Kingdom, we return to Arena Birmingham in 2019 for the 2nd iteration of the amazing event. The event will take place in May/June of next year and while no longer on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, it’s sure to be just as hyped as its predecessor.
ESL One Birmingham 2018 was the fastest selling ESL Dota 2 event to date, breaking records of crowd capacity and viewership across the board which has led to the event returning for the new year. The Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, had the following to say on the return of the tournament,
“I’m delighted Birmingham will once again play host to an ESL tournament. It is a testament to the brilliant fans who made this such a success last year, and we look forward to welcoming fans from across the world. ESL’s presence here is a great boost for the Midlands region and further proof that esports in the UK is going from strength to strength.”
ESL Have been preparing for the 2019 iteration of the tournament ever since the culmination of this years’ and we will see next years’ event run from May 31st to June 2nd in front of the excited global audience. While the teams have yet to be invited, Regional Qualifiers for the event will take place in March and April for Europe, North America, China and Southeast Asia before the best-of-two round-robin Group Stage of the event kicks off on May 28th 2019.
The Managing Director of ESL UK, James Dean, gave the following statement on the returning event,
“We witnessed unimaginable levels of support from the UK community which genuinely surprised us all earlier this year. We can’t thank everyone enough for making ESL One Birmingham an event to truly remember and ecstatic to be returning with more next year. We’re working on implementing improvements and some additional surprise features based on superb feedback from the community this year.”
With $300,000 in the prize pool and an amazing week of Dota 2 action on the cards, ESL One Birmingham is sure to be just as, if not more amazing than its predecessor.