WCS Season 2 Regional Finals to go Head-to-Head with The International 3
Whether by design or whether it was unintentional, there will be some competition for your eSports attention during the second weekend of August. Blizzard’s StarCraft II World Championship Series Season 2 regional finals will be held on the same weekend of the Dota 2 world championship The International.
Blizzard claims that this scheduling conflict was unintentional. They’re currently fighting against clock to get Seasons 2 and 3 of the 2013 WCS in before the World Final which is scheduled for November at BlizzCon.
The plans are for the Regional Finals to take place this weekend so the 16 qualifiers for the Season 2 Final can get to Gamescom at the end of August. By holding all regional finals on the weekend of August 10th and 11th, it gives players a bit less than two weeks to get to Cologne, Germany.
After that, the Regional Season 3s and Season 3 Final still have to be held during September and October before the 2013 WCS World Final at the beginning of November.
Meanwhile, The International 3 will probably steal all the competitive gaming headlines that weekend. Dota 2 has been drawing big viewership recently and The International’s status as a world final should garner it more attention from fans of both Dota 2 and StarCraft II. Not to mention that The International 3 will have the biggest prize pool in eSports history at $2.6 million.
The biggest loser from this all could be Twitch. The live streaming site will be showing both the WCS and International. You would think that this would be a big money windfall but the news that Twitch was going to broadcast both events was met with trepidation from StarCraft fans.
Twitch has a reputation for being dropping frames and lagging/stuttering under heavy load. The International will also be available through the Dota 2 client and on YouTube. However, without alternatives, the WCS’ broadcast might suffer as a result.
Possible Twitch issues are just speculation but Twitch has admitted that they can be overtaxed during major events. This isn’t a major event, though. This is two major events at the same time. This could be more than Twitch can handle.