From 31 May to 2 June 2019, UK gamers will get chance to attend one of the world’s biggest esports tournaments when ESL One comes to Birmingham. The massive event will take place at Arena Birmingham and will see thousands of eager gaming fans flocking to see some of the world’s best gamers competing on iconic esports like Dota 2. In addition to the gaming carnage, the event will also feature all of the weird and wonderful cosplay parades and associated video gaming fun that has helped esports become a world beater.
Tickets for the ESL One Birmingham event cost between £22 and £154, and the tournament has already become one of the fastest-selling gaming contests in the world. What makes this event all the more special is the fact that it will feature no less than 12 top esports teams competing for an impressive $300,000 prize pool. As such, it’s expected to be featured in next year’s list of the biggest esports tournaments and already many gaming fans are speculating as to which teams might take part.
The previous ESL One gaming event took place in Hamburg in October 2018, and it saw the esports organisation, Team Secret, pip Vici Gaming to the post to pick up $125,000 in prize winnings through their gaming prowess. The Hamburg ESL One event was the biggest esports tournament in Europe so far, and so the pressure is on for UK gamers to make the Birmingham competition even better.
Whilst most of us can quite happily play co-op games like Override: Mega City Brawl with a few friends, it’s clear that anybody could learn a few tricks from watching the top Dota 2 teams at ESL One Birmingham. Dota 2 has quite rightly become one of the most iconic esports around, and whilst competitions like the International still manage to deliver the most impressive prize pools, it’s good to see how ESL One is taking things up a level in the UK.
Although Dota 2 has been around since 2013, it’s the game’s success in the esports realm that has meant that it is still relevant today. Whilst titles like Destiny 2 have limited scope, Dota 2 has managed to push the envelope of what we expect from a standard battle arena game, and with thousands of fans coming to Birmingham to celebrate this Valve Corporation title, it seems as though Dota 2 is still enjoying plenty of popularity.
Birmingham already hosted a hugely successful ESL One event earlier in 2018, and it seems that the enthusiasm has led to the Germany-based esports organisation to bring the tournament back to the UK. Even if you aren’t able to make it down to the Arena Birmingham, you can still join in the action online as there are expected to be around 30 million eager gamers tuning in via the live streaming channels. Whatever happens, it’s sure to help the esports scene in the UK go from strength to strength in 2019.