Russian tournament organizer Epic Esports Events and broadcast studio RuHub have partnered with North American studio, Beyond the Summit, to host the BEYOND EPIC online leagues for EU/CIS and China in June.
The league is set to run from June 8-28 and will feature a total prize pool of US$250,000. The EU/CIS league will have a US$200,000 prize pool while the Chinese league will be giving away US$50,000.
The EU/CIS division will have 12 participating teams, with Alliance, OG, Team Nigma, Team Liquid, FlyToMoon, Natus Vincere, and Virtus.pro receiving direct invites.
The remaining four slots in the EU/CIS division will be filled through a series of open qualifiers from June 6-7 and an eight-team closed qualifier starting on June 8.
Meanwhile, the Chinese division will have eight participating teams comprised of PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, CDEC Gaming, Invictus Gaming, Team Aster, Sparking Arrow Gaming, and a yet-to-be-announced team.
The EU/CIS division will hold its group stage from June 15-24, with the playoffs scheduled for June 25-28. The Chinese division will have its group stage from June 21-25 and its playoffs from June 26-28.
Epic Esports Events was notably supposed to host the fourth Major of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), the EPICENTER Major 2020 in Moscow last month. However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic caused the event to be canceled back in March and the DPC to be suspended indefinitely.
With the DPC’s culminating event, The International 2020, delayed to next year, the competitive Dota 2 scene has since shifted to holding online regional competitions until LAN tournaments are once again able to be hosted safely live.