Valve has cancelled Valve’s Dota 2 Major 2022, which would have been held in February as the culmination of the Winter Tour.
The developer posted a blog post saying that the Winter Tour of the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-2022 season is ending. Although we had high hopes of hosting an international LAN tournament, it was impossible for all teams to meet up due to the spread of Covid-19 strains and increased travel restrictions.
This decision means that the winter tour will end after the regional league tournaments. Valve stated that the ranking points meant to be distributed at this Major would transfer to the second Major and third Major later in 2018. “This will ensure that the balance of points between cross-regional and regional play is maintained.” This is how points will be re-distributed.
The Dota 2 esports community’s reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Dota 2 fans don’t think Valve should not have cancelled Covid and continued with the game. Dota 2 esports teams face serious financial and points problems due to the late cancellation. Valve has not yet provided any information about the knock-on consequences, such as when players will transfer between teams. This usually happens after Majors.
If the event had taken place, there wouldn’t have been an audience. Dota 2 LAN events have been private over the past two years. Plans to have an audience at The International 10 Bucharest were cancelled.
Many esports teams made clear their opinions on this decision. Na’Vi chose the medium of a meme.
Over the past couple of years, many other event organizers have had to cancel events. Last-minute cancellations are problematic because the Dota 2 esports community is huge and heavily dependent on Valve’s financial support. This Major would have distributed approximately $500,000 among the competing teams. The Dota Pro Circuit aims to stabilize the competitive scene and provide a qualifier for Majors.
One Dota 2 Pro Scene member said that while he didn’t want the record to be made, he felt like he was playing for nothing without a Major. Valve’s decision to not re-allocate prize money has caused major problems for many teams. It’s not coming back down the lines: It’s gone. This happened so late in the game. Why was this tournament not replaced by regional tournaments instead?
These are just a few of the many criticisms that Valve has received about its operations. This company is known for its lack of communication. It’s one thing to talk about a game release, but it’s another when people’s livelihoods depend upon your decisions. Pros and teams have been upset by the announcement of this Major’s cancellation via a blogpost. There has been no official word since.
There is a general feeling that Valve has made a mistake here. This sentiment is mixed with other criticisms of Dota 2 as well: Some feel the latest battle pass was a ripoff, while others feel Valve doesn’t support the game or the pro scene like it should. And there hasn’t been any major updates to the game in a while.
However, the core of the matter is that Valve pulled out of this event when professional organizations had been building to it. They also took a significant amount of money off the scene and didn’t answer any questions. It’s not as if Valve has run out of money. Dota 2 is a lucrative game.
Valve decided that an in-person event in this moment of the Covid-19 pandemic would be a bad idea. However, the grievances by the pro scene about how it happened to seem completely reasonable and, given Valve’s resources and scale, somewhat unnecessary.