Dota 2 tournament comes to Malaysia


Big money: Schulze (centre), Tann (fourth from right), and CEO of Mineski Ronald Robins (third from right) launching the ESL One Genting tournament. that offers RM1mil total prize money in total. —  CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

Big money: Schulze (centre), Tann (fourth from right), and CEO of Mineski Ronald Robins (third from right) launching the ESL One Genting tournament. that offers RM1mil total prize money in total. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

Malaysia will witness one of the biggest Dota 2 tournaments next year, the ESL One Genting.

A joint collaboration between Resorts World Genting and the world’s largest eSports company ESL, the tournament will offer a total prize money of US$250,000 (RM1.02mil).

It will be the second ESL ­tournament to be held in South-East Asia, and will pit eight world class Dota 2 teams against each other.

The eight team will be revealed in the coming months and will ­consist of invited teams, ­internationally qualified teams and an exclusive Malaysian team.

“Dota’s popularity in South-East Asia is astonishing and the strategic partnership with Genting opens a whole new way of delivering high quality eSports content to one of the most enthusiastic, passionate and committed group of fans we’ve even seen,” says ESL vice-president of Pro Gaming Ulrich Schulze.

In April, ESL One Manila in the Philippines attracted over 16,000 fans with over 2.5 million unique viewers tuning in online according to ESL.

Resorts World Genting vice-­president of promotions and ­entertainment Kelvin Tann says: “ESports is a massive and growing industry globally, and we hope to play a meaningful role in developing it locally and regionally.”

Ticket pricing details will be announced in the coming weeks and fans can register their interest on www.rwgenting.com.