ImbaTV a Chinese esports event organizer and broadcasting company, have launched the first ever season of the China Dota2 Professional League. They have also confirmed the second season of the China Dota2 Development League, which was launched in July.

China Dota2 Professional League: After the initial success of the first Development League which took place in July, it is ImbaTV’s goal to help Chinese Dota 2 develop sustainably at multiple levels. The 2nd season will continue to find and cultivate young talent from the Chinese Dota2 scene.

Royal, the 2nd team of Royal Never Give Up, will be replaced by new team SAG. Typhoon and iG Vitality will be promoted to compete in the Professional League after finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the first season of the Development League.

The teams that will take part in the Professional League in its first iteration are as follows: PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, Newbee, Keen Gaming, Team Aster, Royal Never Give Up, Invictus Gaming and EHOME. These 10 teams will compete and battle it out for their share of the total prize of 1.5 million RMB (~$180,000 USD).

The earliest Chinese Dota 2 professional league was the Dota2 Professional League (DPL) originally organised by Mars Media back in 2016. The event organiser then decided to organise a new league after the end of DPL Season 6 last year in December 2018.

After Valve released their Major and Minor tournament system, many of the top teams are beginning to lose their interest in traditional regional tournaments, and there seems to be no exception for these Chinese teams. Higher prize pools in the TI and the Majors mean that many teams are not as willing to invest much effort into a regional league with less money up for grabs. It may however present an opportunity for event organisers to establish their own tournament systems and promote their brands.

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