PGL has announced the official cancellation of the ONE Esports Singapore Major.
The decision did not come as a surprise for Dota 2 fans. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a pause on the entire Dota Pro Circuit calendar and online tournaments are filling the gap.
One Esports Singapore Major was previously the last major tournament before The International 2020, and would have finalized the 12 direct invitees to the event. This completely removes every Dota Pro Circuit event from the calendar. The International 2020 was recently delayed indefinitely.
Due to the current global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the current regulations in Singapore, we want to inform everybody that the last DOTA 2 Major of the year, Singapore Major, will be canceled.
Take care, be strong, and keep yourselves safe and healthy! pic.twitter.com/h7mDp5TmR0
— PGL (@pglesports) May 8, 2020
Before this, Valve has announced the cancelation of the fourth Minor and Major DPC tournaments. OGA Dota PIT Minor and EPICENTER Major. This was preceded by the revocation of ESL One Los Angeles‘ major status.
Valve recently confirmed that the next installment of The International will happen in 2021. This means that the highly anticipated 10th anniversary of the biggest event of the year will be postponed. The developer also told fans that the Dota Pro Circuit will be restructured in the fall. Although T10 was moved to 2021, Valve will release the TI10 Battle Pass well in advance, with a cut of the proceeds being sent to the prize pool of the event.
DPC events being cancelled and repurposed as online leagues is becoming a go-to practice for Dota 2 tournament organizers. ESL was the first to take this leap with ESL One Los Angeles, creating five regional leagues that boasted $20,000 to $60,000 prize pool per region.
The move was followed by One Game Agency. The organizer turned the OGA Dota PIT Minor 2020 into two regional leagues, with the combined Europe and CIS region have a whopping $150,000 prize pool while China had $60,000.
Saturday, May 2nd, 🕗8:00 AM CEST
— OGA Dota PIT (@OGADotaPIT) April 30, 2020
One Esports could follow suit and work with the underserviced southeast Asian scene.