The organizers of the Bali Major promised fans of the game that the Bali Major would be held in paradise. However, spectators who were present complained the event looked like a vacation in hell.
Dota 2 community criticizes Bali Major
The Dota community has been very disappointed by the Major held recently in Bali. The return of a tournament of this size to the region was marred by several glitches, most notably technological problems. These problems affected players and spectators closely following the tournament from their homes. Many fans complained about the tournament on the Dota 2 subreddit.
In general, many people were complaining about how poorly the small details of the tournament were taken care of. One thing which the community largely complained about was the layout of the outdoor stages. The Major qualifiers were held outdoors, and the organizers overlooked the all-important lighting issue. As a result of not having screens in the shade, matches not in the late afternoon could not be seen on the main screen.
On the other hand, the community also complained about the high ticket prices and the poor organization of the tournament. One local Bali user commented on Reddit that he would have to invest half of his annual salary to attend the Major.
by u/xplodia from discussion Paid Premium just to Watch Half The Screen
On the other hand, a Reddit user commented that he wanted to attend the Major in Bali. However, the prices were too expensive, and all the tickets were sold out in 5 seconds. In addition, the user has commented that all the talent present was excellent, but the production was horrible. At the end of his comment, the user says it looks like Dota 2 is ending.
by u/AsG-Spectral from discussion Bali Major 2023 – Caster and event Feedback Thread
Other complaints from the Dota 2 community
On the other hand, the Dota 2 community complained about the off-site talent round. Similar to TI11, there was a significant lack of talented players from the teams at the Bali Major. According to complaints from fans of the game, the tournament had a sharp decline in match quality.
In addition, many people complained about the technical problems they experienced in the grand final of the Bali Major. Due to technical problems, the grand final lasted longer than expected.
Viewership Statistics of the Bali Major
On the other hand, the statistics of the recent Major have decreased concerning previous tournaments. According to statistics published by Esports Charts, the Bali Major is the least attended tournament of the three international tournaments held this 2023. According to Esports Charts, the average audience was down 25% compared to the Major held in Berlin in May.
📉 The #BaliMajor was the LEAST popular Major on the 2023 @DOTA2 calendar!
Learn more on our full recap:https://t.co/UqHLkI2bXa pic.twitter.com/hzs7GQF3tV
— Esports Charts 🇺🇦 (@EsportsCharts) July 10, 2023
It is important to note that the time zone may have greatly affected the decline in the tournament’s audience. Recall that most games were played in the early morning hours in Europe.
After a somewhat eventful Major, all eyes are now on The International to be held in Seattle. Undoubtedly, for this tournament, the organizers must take care of every single detail to regain the confidence of Dota 2 fans.