Mega8 are once again giving some much-needed love to the local Dota 2 scene with a new Pro16 Dota 2 League. Eight invited teams and eight qualifying teams will battle it out for R20,000 which will be awarded to the top four teams.
The Pro16 wasn’t the only event announced. Mega8 also slipped in that that top four teams from each group will automatically receive an invite to the Mega8 Summer Cup in 2018. Mega8 burst onto the scene last year with their first Mega8 competition. In 2017 they hosted two tournaments for CS:GO and Dota 2. After a brief absence, Mega8 are back and the first qualifiers begin on October 14th 2017. Once the qualifiers have been completed, the main event will begin with broadcasts every Sunday from 15:00 to 21:00, starting on the 22nd of October 2017.
“The Pro 16 Dota 2 League is a much-needed league structure in South African Dota at the moment, said Alex Schmidt, Head of Opreations at Mega8. “Currently, the team at Mega8 and myself feel the Dota community is not getting enough opportunities for competitive play in this country and as an eSports company that prides itself in working with the community, we are going to help fix that problem, starting on the 14th of October.”
Local Dota 2 Shoutcaster, Devin “Hellbird” Rigotti has been a stable voice in the community and will once again lend his talent to the Mega8 broadcast desk.
“Mega8 has shown in the past year that South Africa is capable of producing quality events that we can all be proud of. The previous events proved that Mega8 is here to stay and now we are fortunate enough to enjoy some of the best teams in South Africa take each other on and produce fantastic games for spectators to enjoy.
“Dota 2 has been a little quiet this past year, but Mega8 has come to the party to produce more events that the community truly needs and through consistent competition, I expect that not only will these teams become stronger and stronger, but these events will also become more and more entertaining to an ever-growing audience.”
Devin “Hellbird” Rigotti (left)
Mega8, while being one of the newer tournament hosts in South Africa, have pushed a new style of tournaments on the local scene with the aim of frequent competitions for local gamers who aren’t part of the major competitions in South Africa. Their goal, from the start, has been to offer a sustainable competitive schedule for gamers with the aim of creating a more professional and profitable career for up and coming gamers, as explained by Given Radingwana, Mega8 General Manager:
“As a company, we are continuously striving to bring the community what they want. We are always innovating and adapting our strategies to ensure they are aligned with public interests and The Pro 16 Dota 2 League is part of that. It allows players to hone their skills while creating a continuous healthy competition between the players, and this is something we are really excited to introduce.”
If you’re interested in taking part in the open qualifiers, you can register here.
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Last Updated: September 29, 2017