Valve has announced the end of dota Pro Circuit, the structure that controls the top level of professional dota 2. The DPC will not return in 2024, meaning the recently concluded 2023 season is set to be the last. The good news is that The International will continue, but honestly the death of DPC wouldn’t be a bad thing.
In typical Valve fashion, the news came out of nowhere, with a simple blog post revealing the end of the Valve-supported year-long system. While there were rumors that the regional league structure of recent years would be abolished, few expected a complete end to the DPC. Now, tournament organizers will undoubtedly be struggling to hold tournaments, while pro teams and players will probably be wondering what they will do next year.
In a blog post, Valve explained the reasoning for eliminating the DPC, saying that it was actually hurting the pro scene more than helping it. There is no doubt that the significant prize pools Valve added to the regional leagues helped support professional players around the world and gave us a lot. dota To watch. But as Valve and tournament organizers looked to cut costs this year, the quality of the broadcasts dropped dramatically, and as a result I personally watched very few DPC matches this year.
Valve also stated that by forcing tournament organizers to run these leagues to their specifications, there was less room for innovation, and with the DPC taking up much of the year at the top level in recent years. There have been very few external tournaments. The hope is that by eliminating the DPC, those types of tournaments will come back and innovation will start happening again.
This honestly sounds like a solid argument. While the loss of financial support from Valve will not be compensated for by the worldwide prize pool and some regions will suffer significantly, we should get some better events in 2024 in terms of audiences. Two of the three major leagues have been disappointing this year, while the regional leagues have been downright poor at times in terms of broadcast quality.
But now that tournaments will be competing against each other, and not only trying to win Valve’s favor to secure a DPC event, they will have to do something new and be entertaining to secure views. This should make for better tournaments to watch.
However, the concern is that many tournament operators are dropping out dota In recent years, the Saudi Arabian-backed ESL FACEIT group could easily secure a monopoly on pro-dota, This year the company has operated mostly outside the DPC system and held massive prize pools that dwarfed any other event. The tournaments have been high quality, but the ethical issues surrounding company owners is a difficult area to manage as a spectator.
Valve confirmed that The International will remain for the foreseeable future, so backers-dota The scene will probably look similar to what it looked like in the early years before the DPC began. How teams will qualify for The International in 2024 has not yet been announced.