The previously mentioned Perfect World Dota 2 league, for which they partnered with Gamefy, has been revealed to debut early next month, in May of this year. With the Chinese version of Dota 2 finally entering early beta later this month, this means that the 1-million RMB Perfect World league may well be the first competition to be hosted on the Chinese servers. With such a big start, let’s hope the future brings more and better!
At the currently on-going Perfect World event, CEO Robert Hong Xiao has given the word that the first beta wave of the Chinese Dota 2 servers will be coming later this month, on April 28.
According to the details, this will mark the end of Dota 2 via the Steam platform in China — it is yet to be seen whether Chinese players will have free interactions with international players (we hope that everything remains open).
Update: Chinese Dota 2 will run on a stripped down version of Steam, re-done specifically for Dota 2 in China. Inter-connectivity between players around the world will remain!
Two events of interest will be coming on Friday, April 19 in Chinese time. Exciting!
On April 19, Perfect World and AMD will be headlining a major press publicity and announcement event. In this, the two companies will be revealing details of a strategic partnership in China, as well as further details on the eagerly awaited Chinese Dota 2 beta. Also of note, more details will be announced regarding the previously reported Perfect World Dota 2 league (rumored to be in tandem with the ACE League).
VIP guests invited include big-name commentators and other Dota people, teams iG and LGD, and the event will include a showmatch between the two powerhouse teams.
Also on April 19, xiao8 will appear again on the dating show in which he had previously appeared. The first time, he had failed to achieve his goal, though things were not final and he himself said on his weibo that it would be a “Best of 3!”. This time, he’s back, and he’s got a new attack plan, as he’s brought friends and is apparently cooking noodles on stage, as seen at 4:00 in this preview video.
After previous news reported that Perfect World and Gamefy had partnered up for a 1 million RMB prize Dota2 tournament later this year, we now learn that Perfect World is poised to officially announce details of the tournament later this month.
According to the SGamer source, the tournament will take place during May through June of this year, with the entirety of it being held locally in Shanghai. Ten teams will be invited and compete in a round-robin points-based format, with the ten teams to be announced!
The official announcement will come on Friday, April 19, at a press conference in Beijing.
Original: http://dota2.sgamer.com/news/201304/149902.html (not direct translation below)
According to this bit, the Chinese Dota 2 beta, which had previously been rumored to be making its debut in April, will inevitably be delayed further. The source reports that, in the words of an insider with access to information on the Chinese Dota 2 beta, the development of the Chinese game client has been delayed on the developers’ side — which we speculate to mean Valve. Either way, the actual Chinese game client has seen delays, and thus, the Chinese beta has been delayed as well.
Dota players in China are growing restless, however, and just how much longer this Chinese beta needs remains to be seen… But with the million RMB Perfect World tournament coming next month, it makes all the sense in the world to allow Chinese fans to watch the tournament and play the game at the same time. Let’s hope we see some real progress in the Chinese Dota 2 market soon.
Wondering what our Chinese Dota friends have been up to? How their community has been growing and evolving? Here’s a snippet…
In this thread, they are sending out a call for talented and passionate community contributors — artists, writers, video-makers. Ostensibly the goal is to gather a large group of fans that are also contributors, with beta keys and more unannounced perks as incentives…
This has been a part of the official Dota 2 Chinese site ramping up lately, in preparation for the rumored April launch of the first wave of closed beta invites for the Perfect World Dota 2 servers. In fact, the official Dota 2 Chinese forums are lively and active, and promise to only explode in popularity in the next few months.
Gamefy commentator Haitao, during a live case of an event recently, accidentally revealed that the Chinese servers, by Perfect World, for Dota 2 would be making their debut on April 15. As for how accurate this information is, that remains to be seen, but as a big-name commentator at Gamefy, surely his words hold some value. Regardless of whether April 15 is the actual date, the servers must be coming soon anyway! According to widespread rumors online, the servers will be coming in April, so this information seems to be at least somewhat reliable.
Apart from that, another somewhat worrying bit of information has reached us — that is, once the Perfect World Dota 2 servers are up, Steam will begin blocking all mainland Chinese IP addresses! If this is for real, then many Chinese players might lose access to Dota 2 entirely, as the Perfect World beta is very limited and many who have Dota 2 on Steam will not immediately have access to Perfect World’s Dota 2. Nonetheless, our editors here at SGamer believe that it isn’t quite possible for Steam to block all access to its platform, and rather, it will simply block access to Dota 2… if this is the case, then Perfect World faces the problems of ensuring that all current Chinese Dota 2 players on Steam get access and get to keep their purchases, cosmetics, etc.
Anyway, all speculation aside, let us await the approaching Perfect World Dota 2 servers, and see for ourselves the truth behind all these rumors!
Dotaland note: Just a small update on what Perfect World’s been up to, and how their internal organization is shaking out in relation to the upcoming Dota 2 launch in China.
Inside sources reveal that Perfect World’s Dota 2 project team have recently moved from Shanghai back to Beijing, and are currently still in the process of building the team.
Perfect World has been hiring and recruiting for their Dota 2 team, looking for people in roles such as localization, data and player feedback management, event planning, etc. These three roles line up respectively with needs in launch prep, maintenance, and promotion. The new Dota 2 team will be placed under Perfect World’s newly created esports product center, with former Haofang (Haofang is a big third party matchmaking/multiplayer platform, like 11 or Garena) Online Services General Manager Cai Wei in charge. Additionally, inside sources claim that this newly created esports product center itself will be under the direct leadership of Perfect World CEO Robert Hong Xiao.