The Manila Major: What it is, where to watch

Don Kevin Hapal
The Manila Major: What it is, where to watch
The long wait is finally over – The Manila Major 2016 is here!

MANILA, Philippines – The long wait is finally over – The Manila Major is finally here!

The Manila Major, a premium DOTA 2 tournament organized by Valve, kicks off in Manila starting Friday, June 3, 2016.

As gamers from around the world brace themselves for the giant e-sports tournament, let’s take a closer look at the event:

What is it?

The Manila Major is the third tournament in Valve’s Dota Major Championships series.

Also known as the Spring Major, it follows the Fall Major in Frankfurt, Germany and the Winter Major in Shanghai, China. 

While the main event will be held from June 7 to 12 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, the group stage will be held from June 3 to June 4.

Who are competing?

Sixteen of the best DOTA 2 teams from around the world will be competing for a whopping $3 million prize pool. 

This includes 3 teams from Southeast Asia, 6 teams from Europe, 4 from China, and 3 from the USA.

Wings Gaming will be returning from their recent ESL One Manila Victory, while people are also looking forward to Team Secret after their Shanghai Major win.

E-sports team Mineski will also be vying for the top spot, representing the Philippines. 

Catch the action on Rappler!

Can’t make it to The Manila Major? Tune into the Rappler Gaming League for updates and to watch the live stream!

For the full schedule, you may go here. –

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Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.