With the global Coronavirus pandemic shutting down Dota tournaments left and right, yesterday’s announcement of WeSave! Charity Play was a welcome bit of news. Starting March 20th, competitive Dota returns, albeit in a slightly unusual format.
‼️Play to save the world‼️— WePlay! Esports (@WePlayEsport) March 16, 2020
We want to announce WeSave! Charity Play - Non-profit Online Dota2 Charity Marathon dedicated to fight COVID-19
The tournament will take place on March 20-26, 2020.
Read more about the event: https://t.co/QunLZWBxcy#weplay2save #WePlayDota2 @DOTA2 pic.twitter.com/KK39rd03YW
In a post on their website, WePlay! Esports CEO and managing partner, Oleg Krot, shared his company’s vision for the online event: “The preparation process for WePlay! Charity Play is unusual even for our team. We have many people working from homes and across various time zones. Still, we try to achieve as much as possible through text chats and conference calls.
“These are also the primary means of communication with the talents and teams, as well as sponsors and partners, who have been eager to support our initiative to host a charity marathon. The desire to help others is universal, and we are inspired by the amount of caring and selfless people inside the esports community.”
While the event is still three days away, organizers WePlay! are already showing off their signature hospitality by accommodating some online gaming for their invited talent. Caster Darren “KillerPigeon” Elmy shared his impromptu hotel-room setup on Twitter:
So we've been chillin in our hotel rooms most of the time to maximise safety from COVID-19— Darren "KillerPigeon" Elmy (@KillerPigeon) March 17, 2020
And the awesome folks at @WePlayEsport just swooped in to save us gamers who couldn't game
❤ you WePlay pic.twitter.com/OXmorwDACe
The online charity event is set to feature 24 teams from around the world. The event will feature four teams from each region of the six Dota Pro Circuit regions - China, Southeast Asia, CIS, Europe, North America, and South America.
Across seven days of the fundraising event, WeSave! Charity Play will showcase online matches between these top Dota teams.
Each region will compete for a $20,000 portion of the $120,000 prize pool, all of which will be combined with viewer and sponsor contributions and used to help aid efforts in fighting the Coronavirus.
Full details of the all the stacks involved in the event haven’t been released yet, but so far the confirmed teams from each region include:
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Stay tuned to WePlay!’s website for more information about the event.