The gaming community of Kosovo is filled with enthusiasts that are big fans of games such as Counter Strike, Dota 2 or League of Legends, but it is not often that they’re greeted with tournament opportunities that are worth mentioning.
This time the story seems to be different as a recently opened eSports hub in Kosovo, xPortalEsports is kicking off one of the largest Dota 2 Tournaments in Kosovo, with teams from Kosovo as well as Albania and Macedonia.
The announced award is 1,000 Euros for the winning team, but there are going to be other prices as well, beyond the cash award. Those who’re interested in participating should visit xPortalEsports to get more details, while more information is expected to be released soon.
Last year, KosICT hosted a CS:GO tournament with teams from Kosovo and the region and gave an award of 1,000 € for the winning team.
Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Valve. Dota 2 has a widespread and active competitive scene, with teams from across the world playing professionally in various leagues and tournaments.
Premium Dota 2 tournaments often have prize pools totaling millions of U.S. dollars, the highest of any eSport. The largest of them is known as The International, which is produced annually by Valve and held at the KeyArena in Seattle. Valve also sponsors a tournament format known as the Majors and Minors, which are smaller, more frequently held events that award qualification points for getting directly invited to The International.
For most tournaments, media coverage is done by a selection of on-site staff who provide commentary and analysis for the ongoing matches, similar to traditional sporting events. Broadcasts of professional Dota 2 matches are streamed live over the internet and sometimes simulcast on television networks, with peak viewership numbers in the millions.