DreamHack has announced a new initiative for Dota 2, where they will hold weekly tournaments throughout August and September, culminating in a grand final for €2000 ($2209).
While DreamHack has seen numerous legendary professional teams pass through their doors since the original Warcraft 3 mod DotA, DreamHack is now offering a competitive environment for amateur teams. Plus, DreamHack will be taking money out of its own pocket to give out prize money to the winners.
16 teams will be able to participate in the tournament-cum-qualifier every Saturday and Sunday, in which the winners take home €250 ($276). Winners will also participate in a monthly final, with a chance to head to the grand finals for a pretty penny.
Side tournaments will also be held, like Midweek Madness, for €100 ($151) and 1v1 tournaments for those that get knocked out early. All tournaments will be held online on the European server.
Even if you’ve missed every weekly tournament, don’t fret. Two teams will still be able to qualify for the grand finals through the open qualifiers, getting a chance to compete for the grand prize. Sure, it’s not the International’s level, but it’s a start for the fully amateur scene.