Perfect World Masters 4th Minor of 2017
The first video game competition officially recorded was played at Silicon Valley’s Stanford University in October 1972, on the game Spacewar, with the grand prize a year’s subscription to Rolling Stone magazine.
Only in the late 1990’s did competitive computer gaming attract a large enough following to trigger the global acceptance of eSports.
In two decades, however, exponential improvements in gaming technology and the worldwide explosion of fast connectivity have turned gaming into a multibillion-dollar business with much bigger prizes, and fans and players everywhere.
There’s also plenty of action for online sports betting fans, with a number of brands developing a range of tournament levels just as complex as those in much older, traditional sports.
Valve Corporation, for example, the US-based developer behind Defense of the Ancients and its sequel, Dota 2, has divided the Dota Pro Circuit into 11 majors, 16 minors and a showcase annual finale, The International.
The Perfect World Masters, to be played in Shanghai from 19-26 November, is the fourth minor on the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit, and apart from playing for the prize money, the 10 teams competing will also be after the 300 qualification points towards The International 2018.
Biggest DPC Minors’ Prize Money Yet
One of the qualifications for eligible third-party tournaments to join the Dota Minor Championships is total prize-money of at least $150,000. The Perfect World Masters will be the first of this year’s minors to see that total doubled, and the top teams in Shanghai will share prize money of $300,000.
It will also be the opening minor played in China this year; the first three took place in Ukraine, Romania and Croatia in October and early November.
The Netherlands’ Team Liquid won in Ukraine and Croatia, with Philippine team Mineski triumphing in Romania. The Dutch are probably the best Dota 2 team in the world at present, so their fans will be disappointed that they’re not in the Perfect World Masters line-up.
However, Mineski is included, and should attract attention from punters. Their biggest threats will likely be Europe’s Team Secret and China’s Vici Gaming.
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