Blizzard explains WCS clash with DotA 2 International “not intentional”

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

By 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.

Source: Reddit via Gamespot

4 comments (Leave your own)

There is an inaccuracy in the article “The regional finals for the WCS are running August 10 to 11 with a total prize pool of $1.6 million.”

This is not true. The prize pool for each of the 3 regional finals is $150,000, adding them together makes $450,000, versus the $2,600,000 prize pool (and growing) for the TI3.

Also maybe I can add a bit more context.

Riot runs their LCS with tournaments every single weekend throughout their year, however they purposely rescheduled their matches which clashed with TI3 to run on the 12th to 14th instead of the usual Saturday and Sunday (10th and 11th)

(check out their week 9 schedule, it’s the only week that does NOT run on a Saturday / Sunday, this is to avoid clashing with TI3)

There is no way Blizzard could not have known this clash would have happened – the schedule for TI3 was set in stone at least 6 months ago.



The reddit reply was a massive cop-out. They might as well have said “we’re massively incompetent and barely care about our eSports.” Which is a shame, because based on SC1, SC2 should have been leading the pack in that department.

If you compare the way you can watch SC2 matches vs watching Dota2 games, its pretty obvious who takes their eSports seriously. Being able to watch Dota2 games in client, watching specific casters, their builds, their mouse clicks, free roaming the map and chatting to others watching all in game. Its pretty cooooool.


nothing compares to Dota2



League of Legends but it won the esports battle years ago :D

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