Growing world of eSports events makes avoiding conflicts harder and harder.
By Tim Colwill on July 24, 2013 at 8:51 am
The regional finals for the StarCraft 2 World Championship Series Season 2 have been scheduled — and unfortunately for fans of both SC2 and DotA 2, they clash directly with Valve’s International 3 tournament.
Speaking on a Reddit thread, Blizzard’s senior manager of eSports Kim Phan claimed that the timing was “unintentional”, but happened as a result of an increasingly dense and complicated world of eSports tournaments.
“These conflicts were certainly not intentional,” says Phan. “This simple fact is that as eSports has grown with more events, more games, and more viewers; it’s nearly impossible to avoid all conflicts. Many major weekend events already host multiple games, which are running simultaneous game streams in conflict with each other.”
“That said, we do understand the various concerns that players, teams, and viewers have with this particular conflict and as we have in the past, will continue to do our best to avoid this type of overlap in the future.”
The International 3 is running August 7 to 11 and is worth $2.6 million, the largest prize pool in competitive gaming history. The regional finals for the WCS are running August 10 to 11 with a total prize pool of $1.6 million.