Three weeks after DreamHack announced their plans and dates for Season 6 of their Dota league and LAN finals, and 10 days after the participating teams were announced, the Boston Major threw everything into disarray. Due to clashing schedules of teams that expect to participate in the upcoming Valve event Evil Geniuses, OG and Team Secret all reversed course and declined to attend DreamLeague’s LAN playoffs from November 25-26. The Boston Major’s group stage will take place from December 3-4. It is unclear whether the remaining teams invited to the DreamLeague LAN finals – Na’Vi, Alliance, Escape Gaming, Vega Squadron, and Team Liquid – will also decline to participate in favor of chasing their Major dreams.
The conflict in dates between Valve, DreamLeague, and Beyond the Summit’s The Summit 6 – which had the dates December 7-11 set months ago – revived calls for Valve to be more transparent and communicate more effectively with tournament organizers in order to prevent scheduling conflicts.
Evil Geniuses’ Dota 2 manager took to twitter to give his opinion on the conflict in scheduling.
Dreamhack knew the risks involved in announcing before Valve. Events deserve more lead time, but it's not doomsday – just a bad PR day.
— Phillip Aram (@Phillip_Aram) October 6, 2016
While it’s true that tournament organizers should be patient when announcing tournaments without first knowing what Valve’s plans are, it’s unreasonable to expect companies with obligations to their sponsors to wait unspecified amounts of time to hear from Valve, which is beholden to no sponsor. And so long as more teams don’t decide to drop out of DreamLeague, it’s true that it’s not the end of the world for the tournament. Whatever your feeling on the issue, most people can agree that scheduling conflicts could be resolved if there were proper communication channels between Valve and third party tournament organizers. If there were confidential notices to event organizers notifying them of when Valve plans to hold their events, potential scheduling conflicts could be resolved out of the public eye.