Malaysia to host ESL One ‘Dota 2’ tournament with RM4.6mil prize pool


Last year’s tournament, which featured a US$400,000 (RM1.8mil) prize pool, saw the champion team OG from Europe taking home US$175,000 (RM821,887). — Stephanie Lingren/ESL One

Malaysia will be hosting the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 tournament where 12 top Dota 2 teams will compete for a prize pool of US$1mil (RM4.6mil).

The tournament will be held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) in Kuala Lumpur.

According to a press statement, the event will begin with a three-day group stage from Dec 11 to 13 where two groups of six teams will compete in a single round-robin format.

The top six teams will proceed to the live playoffs with a double elimination format from Dec 15 to 17. Details about competing teams will be announced at a later date.

“This December, we’re bringing back ESL One, bigger & more accessible than ever before, as we move the tournament from Genting to Kuala Lumpur for the first time,” said Shane Clarke, director, game ecosystems - Dota 2 at ESL FACEIT Group.

Malaysia had previously hosted ESL One in 2017, 2018 and 2022 at Genting Highlands in Pahang.

Last year’s tournament, which featured a US$400,000 (RM1.8mil) prize pool, saw the champion team OG from Europe taking home US$175,000 (RM821,887).

Tickets for ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 at Mitec will go on sale on Sept 21, priced from RM149 to RM499. More details available on the ESL One website.

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