DOTA 2 WRAP UP
April 6th, 2020
Liquipedia: Agents of IntegrityAfter the tale of Maxline Season 2's death due to the simple action of removing its associated tournament page from Liquipedia, it became clear how many held the importance of the site above all else. A site maintained mostly by volunteers, has the power to cancel tournaments without knowing it. Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, contributors of the site have had more time to look into the information that has been requested for upload. Tournaments that fall under suspicion have more eyes on them to see which teams they choose to register. No longer will lineups consisting of unknown players, like 132376945, go unquestioned. As long as the contributors are not allowed outside due to the quarentine, fraudulent activity won't go unnoticed. The Agents of Integrity are here to save tier 2 Dota!
Though the Agents of Integrity are the gatekeepers of Liquipedia, the reasoning behind why they have such power is the true point of interest. It has nothing to do with how Liquipedia is setup, but how users/companies view it. It is the point of validity. When anyone sees a tournament on Liquipedia, one can assume it's legitamate. Even tournament organizers have been seen refering to their own previous Liquipedia pages as evidence to their legitamacy. There isn't much question until new light comes to pass from someone's investigation. This integrity can fall on the heads of tier 3 players as well, but as long as they have some source of history, like Dotabuff for example, they are less likely to be questioned.
So why is this so important for tier 2-3 tournament organizers? If you invite the teams, partner up with a broadcasting studio, and secure funding for prizepool based on audience projections, why would you need a Liquipedia page? Many have stated that there were never questions of paying out prize pools, but a question of viewership. Should the viewership not rest of the shoulders of the broadcasting studio or the organizers promotions? There has also been record of betting sites stopping bets on some tournaments due to suspected fraudulant activity. Yet most of these tournaments are sponsored by betting sites. Interestingly enough, finding more information about these tournaments becomes quite difficult when their Liquipedia page is unavailable. The tournament organizers don't creates micro-sites for the events to help promote them. You often hear most of the promotional material from the teams participating, and not the organizers themselves. Are these tournaments just a quick cash grab for betting sites hiding under the geise of promoting tier 2 Esports? Or just a general misconception of the unknowns of the lower tiers of competition? We may never know the answers to these questions. All we know is that no one really knows where else to find tournament information other than Liquipedia.