Four of the top "Dota 2" teams in North America will compete at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla. for a top prize of $10,000.
They will first have to run the gamut of an online league from Sept. 4 to 30. The league will consist of eight teams, three of which MLG is inviting to play. MLG did not announce which three teams they have invited.
The other five teams will be chosen through an open qualifier. This tournament will consist of 64 teams in a single-elimination format over the course of two days, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Registration for the qualifier ends the same day the tournament begins.
Of the eight teams that make it into the online league, only the top four will play in the invitational in Florida.
All of these games will be broadcasted on MLG's Web site.
With the hype and attention that "Dota 2" received from The International 3, it was only a matter of time before MLG wanted to jump on the gravy train. The organization's Pro Circuit already consists of "StarCraft II," "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and "League of Legends," the last of which is the game "Dota 2" is challenging for mobile online battle arena dominance. It isn't inconceivable that we will one day see both of these games on the same stage when MLG hosts its World Championships.
This is only good news for Valve as "Dota 2" will be getting more exposure through one of the most popular eSports leagues in the United States. The announcement firmly solidifies the game's place in the eSports discussion.
The MLG Fall Invitational will also feature the top four "Black Ops II" teams. These teams will be selected based on their Pro Points Ranking as of Sept. 16.
MLG's next major tournament will be at PAX Prime from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, where eight top "Black Ops II" teams will compete for $10,000.