EPICENTER XL to represent Russia at Best Event Awards

A short list of projects nominated for the 2018 Best Event Awards has been published on the website for the BEA World Festival. In the Sport Event category, the list for the prestigious event industry contest includes EPICENTER XL, a Dota 2 tournament held in Moscow in May.

The short list for this category also includes sports events in Finland, Norway, Italy, and Spain. The winner will be decided at the BEA World Festival after a live presentation of the projects, due to be held in Coimbra, Portugal, on November 22. The award ceremony for the best sport event of 2018 will be held on November 23.

EPICENTER XL was the historically first Major series tournament held in Russia, with a prize pool of $1 million. Over 24 thousand spectators watched the live matches between the best Dota 2 teams at the CSKA Arena ice stadium, while 19.4 million viewers across the world watched the live broadcasts. Russian-language livestreams gathered 23.4 million views, and English-language ones, 22.6 million.

According to data from the organizer, Epic Esports Events, EPICENTER XL was the most popular Major series esports tournament in the Dota Pro Circuit season of 2017–2018. The total number of views for all EPICENTER livestreams and videos, including reports, reruns, highlights, and other items, stands at 73.8 million.

BEA World Festival is a large international venue for the event industry. Every year, the Festival brings together leading players in the event organization and hosting market from around the world. They share their expertise, discuss current trends, and present their largest-scale, most creative projects to a panel of experts. The Festival culminates with an official awards ceremony for the winners of the prestigious international Best Event Awards.

Epic Esports Events specializes in organizing international competitions, and was the organizer for the EPICENTER Dota 2 and CS:GO tournaments held in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2016–18. Over 24 million viewers around the world followed the first EPICENTER: Moscow tournament. At Europe’s leading EuBEA awards in 2016, that tournament got the prize for the best event in Europe in the Live Entertainment industry.