GRID and WePlay Esports partnership to include Dota 2 AniMajor

Posted on June 3, 2021 - Last Updated on October 10, 2022

There is some exciting news for Esports fans intending to watch the forthcoming Dota 2 WePlay Esports AniMajor tournament in Kyiv, Ukraine after tournament organisers WePlay announced that they would expand their partnership with German esports data specialists GRID Esports to include the tournament.

In a press release from WePlay, the company confirmed that GRID Esports would provide the broadcasts with statistics, storylines and visualisations all powered by their live server data, taken directly from the games as they are played.

Not only will this enhance the broadcast for viewers enjoying the action, but it can also help those enjoying WePlay AniMajor betting by giving them access to up to the second statistical data which can help inform their bets.

International 2021 Qualification

This is a significant move for WePlay, GRID, and Dota 2 teams and fans as the tournament in Kyiv, which runs from the 2nd until the 13th June, will see eighteen teams competing for the chance to earn a share of a $500,000 prize pool.

But perhaps more importantly for the teams competing, and those watching on, it is also the final chance for a team to qualify for the richest esports tournament in the world, the Valve International 2021 tournament, which is scheduled to take place later this year in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

The tournament has already amassed a prize pool of over $40 million and it does not start until August.

There are already extensive Dota 2 betting markets for The International 2021 available, such is the appeal of this massive esports event.

Many of the top esports betting sites will have at least an outright winner market for The International available and you will also find plenty of markets available for the WePlay Dota 2 AniMajor tournament available now too.

Dota2 Animajor Tournament
Image Credits: Weplay esports

First Major Dota 2 Event for WePlay

The AniMajor tournament is WePlay’s first venture into a Dota 2 esports tournament, but it will be the fifth time that the company has employed the services offered by GRID Esports to enhance their presentation of an esports event.

Based on an anime-theme, the AniMajor tournament has already attracted plenty of interest from sponsors, such as SecretLab, Frog Store, and INNO3D.

Teams competing for the $200,000 first prize read like a who’s who of Dota 2 esports teams including the likes of T1,, Alliance, Team Aster, Team Liquid, PSG.LGD, TNC Predator, Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, Vici Gaming, and Invictus Gaming amongst those competing.

Bring Data Storytelling to Life

Speaking about the partnership expansion to include the tournament, WePlay Esports Business Development Lead, Valentyn Shevchenko commented:

“WePlay Esports is ecstatic to be hosting the AniMajor this year and being able to once again bring the top talent and teams to our fans.”

“Our cutting edge production and GRID’s ability to bring data storytelling to life will make this major one to remember.”

This latest move builds on the companies agreement which was first announced back in March 2021, chiefly in a move that was designed to encourage honest and fair play at tournaments. At the time, WePlay did state that they did expect to expand the partnership to include additional tournaments.

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