ESL One Birmingham, the first Dota 2 Major to ever be held in the UK, is underway. Some of the best teams in the world are competing for $1 million in prize money.
The group stages have concluded already, meaning we have the quarter finals, semi finals, and grand finals to go, taking place over this weekend at Arena Birmingham.
There are a handful of ways to watch the live esports action, and it’s totally free to do so.
The knockout stages for the ESL One Birmingham Dota 2 Major are getting underway today
The quarter finals start today at 2pm BST, with the second quarter final taking place later at around 5:30pm BST.
The BBC has partnered with ESL to broadcast the semifinal and final matches on BBC Three, the corporation’s digital channel. It’ll be available on the website and on BBC iPlayer.
Semifinal number one will be tomorrow, May 26, at 2pm BST, with the second following at around 5:50pm BST.
The third place match will be on Sunday, May 27, at 11:05am BST, and the grand final will begin at 3pm BST.
The coverage will be fronted by Julia Hardy, along with Gareth Bateson and Shane ‘Shaneomad’ Clarke providing commentary and analysis. The coverage will also include interviews with the players involved.
Dota 2 is an incredibly complex game, but BBC 3 says it will provide an accessible live stream
Max Gogarty, Executive Editor of BBC Three, said: ‘As esports continues its rapid growth amongst young audiences, BBC Three’s coverage of it is evolving. We’re proud to bring live Dota 2 matches to the UK mainstream and we’re excited to be collaborating with BBC Sport as they bring their high production values to this unique event.’
Julia Hardy, BBC Host, said: ‘I’m so excited to be involved in BBC Three’s Dota 2 coverage. The esports world is always such an exciting place to be and is somewhere that brings joy to millions all over the world. I’m really excited to be involved in bringing the passion and the edge-of-your-seat esports moments to a whole new audience.’
‘With over 25m gamers in the UK, it’s fantastic to have the BBC supporting ESL One Birmingham’ said James Dean, MD of ESL UK. ‘BBC Three will be covering the finals at a much more accessible level so viewers without in depth knowledge of Dota 2 can still enjoy the action and learn what’s going on.’
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