Final invites and further details were released for the Dota 2 Asia Championships Major at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. As a Valve Major, teams will be battling not only for a $1 million prize pool, but also a total of 1500 qualifying points. The Major, scheduled from March 30 to April 7 will mark the last leg of Pro Circuit events as we lead into TI8. So far, the field consists of 3 Chinese, 2 Europe, and 1 CIS teams, with open qualifiers (Jan 27-30) and Regional Qualifiers (Feb 5-9) right around the corner.
ESL One Genting struck an exclusive broadcasting deal with Facebook, which splintered fans who were used to following Dota esports on Twitch. Facebook’s platform posed several technical issues with streaming, but what was missing most was the familiarity of Twitch’s chat interface and the feeling of being part of a community live viewing an event. A few prominent streamers, such as BananaSlamJamma and Admiral Bulldog, opted to broadcast the games on their own Twitch channels, via the Dota TV client. They were promptly issued with DMCA notices, and the story about streaming rights and bans became more popular than the games themselves. Valve later issued a statement summarily saying that “No one besides Valve is allowed to send DMCA notices for games streamed off of DotaTV that aren't using the broadcasters' unique content.”