The first day of the Major All Stars tournament is underway and expectations were set high for what was to be the biggest Dota 2 event in the SouthEast Asia region. However, reports from the front lines indicate that the conditions and experience have so far been less than desirable. The problems are mainly technical in nature, but emotions are running hot as casters, players, managers are all keeping the fans up to date through Twitter and other social networks.
Issues reported thus far
The opening ceremony began late with some technical problems on the main stage. First match between Team Empire and Redemption, which was scheduled for 03:00 CET, was 1.5 hours delayed and had an additional one hour delay between the two games in the series.
The first match between Team Empire and Redemption started with no casters present. The casters were not given the passwords for the lobbies and administrators started the game immediately. The first match between Na’Vi and Team Invasion began before the Russian casters could join the lobby. The Russian and Vietnamese casters claim that the equipment they have been provided with does not meet the system requirements to run the stream programs.
Jio “JeyoStyle” Madayag from the team Rave has invited the Russian production crew of SLTV to use their team’s training room for casting.
@v1lat come cast in our training room Kappa
— Jio Madayag (@Jeyostyle) March 20, 2015
Microphones and equipment are overheating, preventing the Beyond the Summit team to provide updates on their stream.
Players can hear the casters over the PA system. Andrew “Zyori” Campbell, Beyond the Summit caster, reported that hearing himself over the PA system has been distracting.
Multiple disconnects during games. Teams are playing with 100+ ping at a LAN event.
So there is a open fire in Navi's booth.. Like something burned out
— Vitalii Volochai (@v1lat) March 20, 2015
Equipment overheating led to a fire outburst in Na’Vi’s booth, followed by a power outage. Team Redemption had to deal with one broken PC.
Team spaces for play are very small and hot, with poor air ventilation. Managers have been prohibited from the area and being able to watch the games. Team Redemption was introduced as Team Invasion on the Main Stage.
Organizers are working to solve many of the reported issues as they occur. Fallout Gaming was founded by four friends who quit their day jobs in marketing and advertising to create a tournament, due to their love for Dota 2 and desire to bring local fans closer to professional players. None of the organizers have had any previous experience in event coordination or tournament hosting. Major All Stars is their first tournament.
The main event will continue until March 22, with expected live-streams in English from Beyond the Summit and in Russian from SLTV.