16 teams, 8 direct invites, 1M. Dollars - Enter the new Galaxy Battles Major
Fallout Gaming and Purpose Win are bringing a new Major to the Dota Pro Circuit. Galaxy Battles - Emerging Worlds aims high and wants to reinvent the Dota 2 esports competitive scene.
From $150,000 prize pool at its first season, held in June this year, Galaxy Battles organizers are making a big jump to a one million dollars prize pool and promise to bring to the Dota 2 fans one of the most, if not the most memorable Major of the new season. A total of 16 teams will battle next year at the largest indoor stadium in the world, Philippines Arena.
As a novelty for a Dota 2 Major, two amateur teams will be given the chance to join the pros into the Galaxy Battles - Emerging Worlds main event. The New Blood Championships winners and runners up along with the CIS and European qualifiers runners up will make the trip to the Philippines and all four teams will be placed in a wildcards bracket to battle for a last chance at entering the Galaxy Battles $1,000,000 main event. The rest of the 14 participating teams will come via invitational regional qualifiers and direct invites as follows:
Galaxy Battles - Emerging Worlds spots distribution:
1 open qualifier slot
6 Invitational regional qualifiers slots:
China 1 slot
South East Asia 1 slot
Europe 1 slot
North America 1 slot
South America 1 slot
Wildcards 2 slots
Direct invites 8 slots
Four of the directly invited teams to the Galaxy Battles major have been already confirmed, with Newbee, previous season winners and TI7 runners up, opening the list:
Galaxy Battles - Emerging Worlds directly invited teams:
The main event will be hosted at the 60,000 seating capacity Philippines Arena from Bulacan, Philippines January 15-21.The venue and its surrounding area will be separated into three main sections;
- The Galaxy Battles Esports Arena - a 60,000 capacity esports battleground where the top 16 teams of the world will battle for the USD 1,000,000.00 total prize pool.
- The Galaxy Battles Dota 2 World - a Dota 2 themed park with resting pods and rest areas where the visitors can test Dota 2 inspired beverages. The area will also include event sponsorship partners stands.
- The Galaxy Entertainment Arena – located in an open-air stadium parallel to the Philippines Arena will host the Galaxy Battles music festival that will feature International and local artists and bands throughout the duration of the event.
The invitational qualifiers for the event are scheduled to commence mid-November and are expected to run for approximately one month. Stay tuned for more updates about the exciting Major coming to the Philippines.