Esports organization Galaxy Racer has announced a new Dota 2 event in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.
The Gamers Galaxy Dota 2 Invitational 2022 will have a prize pool of 1.0 million AED which is equivalent to approximately $272,000. This LAN event is set to take place in Dubai. The Invited participants include ten of the top Dota 2 teams in the world.
Dota 2 Teams
- Nigma Galaxy (Western Europe)
- Fnatic (Southeast Asia)
- Team Spirit (Eastern Europe)
- Team Secret (Western Europe)
- Virtus.pro (Eastern Europe)
- OG (Western Europe)
- Tundra Esports (Western Europe)
- Nigma Galaxy SEA (Southeast Asia)
- TSM (North America)
- BOOM Esports (Southeast Asia)
The Group stages are set to begin on March 2nd followed by the playoff on March 4th. The grand final will take place on March 6th. All series are the best of three except for the final match which will be the best of five.
This is a significant event in that it is one of the only Dota 2 LAN events organized by a third party in the past year. The Gamers Galaxy Dota 2 Invitational offers top-tier competition leading up to the upcoming ESL Dota 2 Stockholm Major in May.
Galaxy Racer launched in 2019 and has already become one of the biggest esports organizations globally, and the only entity in the MENA region with a significant international presence. In September of 2021, Galaxy Racer announced a merger with Team Nigma. A new organization was created called Nigma Galaxy which now heads up the esports team division of Galaxy Racer. Galaxy Racer also carries esports rosters across many major gaming titles including League of Legends, VALORANT, CS:GO, Free Fire, PUBG MOBILE, BGMI, and Fortnite.
Team Nigma, a professional Dota 2 esports organization, was founded in 2019 by former Team Liquid members Mohamed Morad and Christoph Timm as well as four out of five of the champions of The International 2017. Within the space of a year, Team Nigma secured a landmark partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, becoming the first esports team to be sponsored by an airline. Based out of Abu Dhabi, Team Nigma also recently partnered with one of the largest telco providers, Etisalat, hosting the biggest Dota 2 tournament in the MENA region – ‘Rising Stars’.
Nigma Galaxy operates as a standalone entity with its own budget, brand, direction and identity, retaining the current Team Nigma colors. Galaxy Racer retains its brand identity and continues to focus on developing its already-robust content creator structure and additional branches to the business.