The new circuit aims to provide players with a competitive environment where they can play, improve and find their path to become a pro. By climbing through the divisions players will have a chance to be scouted by teams and organisations.
"The FPL circuit gives new players an environment to practice in, the opportunity to join a real in-house league and provides players of every skill level the chance to thrive in a competitive environment and rise through the ranks" says the press release. This process has already yielded some result in FPL CS:GO. New talent has launched their careers and was scouted by major teams.
An example is a story of Robin “ropz” Kool, who was picked up earlier this year by Mousesports at just 17 years-old. By climbing through the divisions, all players will have their chance to be seen and scouted by teams and organisations.
The FPL Circuit is an entirely new and independent tournament organiser with its own dedicated team managing every aspect of the league and ensuring that its mission is fulfilled. The top division of the Circuit will see the highest ranking Dota 2 pro gamers through to emerging talent in North America and Europe competing for a monthly prize pool of $20,000 (£15,322).
Once subscribed to the FPL Circuit, players will be able to join a HUB appropriate to their skill level, and find like-minded people to compete with as well as have the possibility to improve and practice. Each division will replicate the format of the main FPL hub including solo only queue and captain pick system. The fairness of the system will be ensured by the presence of a standard queue.
"I think this is a great opportunity for the Dota 2 competitive scene to grow together, allowing both new talent and also veterans to learn from one another and improve together in a good environment, and that is why I’m excited to be a part of the new in-house league by FPL" said Tal ‘FLy’ Aizik from OG.
"FPL offers a great environment for top players to practise without the problem of toxicity. It allows us to hone our skills and have fun playing with other serious competitors," added Peter ‘ppd’ Dager from OpTic Gaming.
The first season of the FPL in September 2017 was won by Artour "Arteezy" Babaev for Europe and Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov for North America.