The second season of Galaxy Battles is grander in scale and prestige, and promises not just exciting Dota 2, but plenty of other entertainment activities.
The first season of Galaxy Battles took place in Shenzhen, China earlier this year, with eventual The International 2017 Runner-up Newbee taking home the championship – for its second iteration, Galaxy Battles has decided to host their tournament here in the Philippines, with things in a much grander scale.
Fallout Gaming (FG) and Purpose Win (PWEL) will once again be organizing the tournament, to be held on January 19-21, 2018. They have given it the tagline “Emerging Worlds” – fit for its ambitions. You see, next year’s Galaxy Battles will feature a 1,000,000 USD prize pool, and is recognized as a Valve Major, meaning it will be awarding International 2018 Qualifying Points.
As a Major, it will have one qualifier slot for all six major regions: China, South East Asia, Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), North America and South America. With two slots allotted for the Wild Cards (to be played on LAN), which will pit the top 2 teams from the New Bloods Championships against the second placers from the China and Europe regional qualifiers. Eight teams will also be directly invited, with Newbee, Infamous, OG, and TNC Pro Team already having been announced.
The tournament itself will be held in the Philippine Arena, located in Bulacan, which boasts a seating capacity of 60,000. The venue will not only host next year’s first Major – it will also feature the “Galaxy Battles Dota 2 World” which is a Dota 2-themed activities ground, said to contain theme park-like activities, food and beverage zones, resting areas, sponsor’s booths and the like. And it doesn’t stop there. There will also be a music festival that will feature both local, regional and international artists, who will be performing at the open-air stadium parallel to the Philippine Arena itself.
It sounds like the next season of Galaxy Battles will be much more than just another tournament – much more than just another Major, even. It’s shaping up to be a full-on festival of Dota 2, a celebration of the community built around the game and its competitive scene.
It looks like it’s going to be a special experience, as we haven’t really seen a tournament go this far and plan this big – I for one, feel extremely lucky the Philippines is going to get a chance to host something so momentous.
KaLeRei usually can’t shut up about video games, so she writes about them instead. Single-player RPGs or empire-builders/strategy games are her usual cup of tea, but she’s also been an avid follower of the Dota 2 and CS:GO professional scenes for a while. She has a fascination for old pros trying to prove they’ve still got what it takes, and cats.
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