Pinnacle, an online betting company, has partnered with Relog Media to bring Dota 2 to the second edition of its Pinnacle Cup tournament.
The tournament will begin on May 5th with a 10-team round-robin stage, followed by a best-of-three double elimination bracket, and then two teams will be invited to compete in a playoffs round, where they will join the teams who qualified via the initial round-robin.
A total prize pool of £100,000 is on the line – with a winning prize of £50,000 – and ‘some of the very best Dota 2 teams’ from across Europe, Russia, and the broader CIS area, like Viking.gg, Spirit, Hellbear Smashers, and Extremum, will compete in the semi-finals and a best-of-five grand final on 30 May.
Expanding further into the esports ecosystem
Paris Smith, CEO of Pinnacle said: “After a fantastic start to the Pinnacle Cup, we are delighted to carry on this series with Relog Media, expanding further into the esports ecosystem.
“The heart of what we do at Pinnacle is engaging with the esports community, and with the introduction of The Pinnacle Cup – Dota we plan to deepen that connection with the wider esports audience.
“There is no better way for us to continue this journey, than branching out into Dota 2, where we can continue offering fans the best connection to their favourite esports teams and players.”
Pinnacle and the tournament will continue to work with GRID, which will use its data input and streaming technologies to provide Dota 2 fans with “the very best of esports betting and content.”
The partners will work together to provide consumers with a “comprehensive selection of both pre-game and live betting markets,” including low margin odds, as well as collaborate on the use of Twitch as a broadcasting medium, with the aim of improving fan-facing content and the overall viewing experience.
Relog Media’s CEO, Milutin Pecic, added: “As passionate Dota 2 players at Relog Media, it’s an absolute pleasure to dive into the Dota 2 community with Pinnacle alongside us.
“We hope this is just the start of our offerings to the competitive teams across the globe. Pinnacle’s track record and success in Esports so far made it an easy decision for us to go forwards. We also had a ton of fun in the CSGO edition of The Pinnacle Cup. A proud day for us all here at Relog Media.”
The first Pinnacle Cup tournament took place in March of this year, with a ‘star-studded lineup’ of teams including HellRaisers, CPH Flames, and GamerLegion, as well as online payments platform Trustly as an ancillary sponsor.