Many South East Asian Dota 2 fans feel Bali Major ticket prices are exorbitantly high
The Bali Major 2023, which is set to be the grand finale of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit 2023 season, tickets went on sale today and almost immediately got sold out. The ticket prices, however, provoked a mixed bag of reactions among Dota 2 fans, particularly South East Asian ones.
I already bought my flight tickets to Bali but with the price of the Major tickets looks like I’ll just do some tourism around Kewk 😭😭
I’m too broke for this pic.twitter.com/APjxnUzQPo
— TALON | Solicorn (@Solicorn11) May 24, 2023
I didn’t know that dota community is this rich when the game is free for all. Idt the pricing is affordable for a lot of people. A lot of gamers play at internet cafe u know… Scalpers can hold onto them, please DO NOT go buy from them https://t.co/pgFJXLTdm3
— HimesamaTV (@himestreams) May 24, 2023
Bali Major where no local fans allowed
— Abed (@CrazyMadNoob) May 24, 2023
The organizers released the tickets for sale today, May 24, on Eventbrite. There are two price categories to choose from: a standard 3-day ticket priced at $388, and a premium 3-day ticket priced at $888. Both ticket options include free seating, priority access to signing sessions, and a goodie bag. The differentiating factor is that premium ticket holders will gain exclusive access to an after-party. Please note that each transaction is limited to a maximum of 2 tickets, and all purchases are non-refundable regardless of the circumstances. Despite the steep prices, the tickets got sold out within hours.
We've sold out!!
Thank you for all your support! 🙏🙏
— IO Esports @ Bali Major (@ioesportsgg) May 24, 2023
The pricing of tickets for the Bali Major has ignited a heated discussion within the Dota 2 community, leading to a surge of frustration and discontent on the popular r/DotA2 subreddit. The backlash started even before the ticket prices were officially announced as a redditor leaked the prices beforehand. After the official release, the leaked ticket prices turned out to be accurate.
The Bali Major playoffs, featuring a live audience, will take place at Champa Garden in Ayana Estate. Known for its stunning outdoor ambiance and its ability to accommodate large-scale wedding ceremonies and receptions, the venue has a capacity of approximately 2000 guests. With ticket prices reaching new heights, however, this Major is setting a new standard for Dota 2 events. In comparison, the highly regarded 2022 TI, which was previously considered the most expensive event, offered tickets starting at $64 per day for mid-week days, while a ticket granting access to both final days cost $361. The recently-concluded Berlin Major offered a premium 3-day experience starting at $300, while standard tickets were available for just $63.