Red Bull has announced that they will be hosting a Dota 2 tournament with $75,000 in prize money up for grabs.
The Red Bull Battlegrounds event will kick off on March 30, with the online qualifiers section. Five qualifying groups will be held, with the winner of each heading to the LAN portion of the event that will be held in the Red Bull eSports Studio in Santa Monica, CA from May 5 through May 7.
After those five teams have been reduced to the two finalists they will head to the Warfield Theatre on May 10 for a best of five grand final, which the public will be able to attend.
The full list of teams in the qualifying groups can be seen below (apart from the Chinese group which is yet to be announced due to the recent roster shuffle.) One of the more interesting invitations is that of Virtus.Pro in the CIS group, as the organisation parted ways with their core roster a few weeks ago in order to focus on their second team Asus Polar (who have also been invited to the CIS qualifying stage.) Also mysteriously missing from the NA qualifiers is EG, perhaps the best team in America.
Commonwealth of Independant States (CIS)
Ninjas in Pyjamas
South East Asia
Can’t Say Wips