The world class e-sports competition will take place at the Arena of Stars at Resorts World Genting, Malaysia from January 23 to 28 and marks the third official Minor tournament of the year, as the top 16 Dota 2 teams will not only battle over a prize pool of US$400,000 (Bt13.24 million) but also for 400 coveted qualifying points that are collected to determine the eight direct invites to The International 2018.
Out of the 16 participating teams, the world’s best will receive a direct invite to take part in the group stages of ESL One Genting 2018. The other remaining spots will be filled with the winners of the regional qualifiers that are being held all over the globe. Prior to the grand finals, which will be played in the Best of 5 (Bo5) format, the quarterfinals and semifinals will be played out in the Best of (Bo3) format using single elimination.
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Two major ESL events, both featuring the multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2, have already been held in Southeast Asia: ESL One Manila 2016 and ESL One Genting 2017. Earlier this year, more than 5,000 fans attended ESL One Genting 2017 on each of the three main event days, and more than 1.4 million viewers consumed around 4.5 million hours of content online. The two teams Newbee and Digital Chaos fought their way up to the Grand Finals, delivering some tough and thrilling matches, with Digital Chaos taking home the ESL One trophy and US$125,000 in prize share.
According to the latest studies of the international market research company Newzoo, the Southeast Asian region is expected to grow up to 16 million e-sports enthusiasts, which adds up to an e-sports audience of 33.8 million (including occasional viewers) in 2018. Southeast Asia is the fifth largest region in terms of e-sports enthusiasts of which the majority with 38 per cent are playing Dota 2, followed by League of Legends with 32 per cent and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with 9 per cent.
After this year’s successful kick-off of the flagship series ESL One, which was held for the very first time at the Arena of Stars in Malaysia, the organisers couldn’t wait to return to Genting.
“Following ESL One Genting 2017, which we saw as a huge success amongst enthusiastic young millennials at the event, Resorts World Genting is proud to be the host as the venue sponsor for the second year running,” said Kevin Tann, Vice President of Promotions & Entertainment at ResortsWorld Genting. “E-sports is recognised as the next big thing in marketing and the size of the global e-sports audience has rapidly grown. One-fifth of the world is said to actively play video games for an average of an hour a day. This is a complex and fast-changing universe, and we are eager to be part of it. Through ESL One Genting, we hope to connect with e-sports fans in a way that delivers added value to their experience and to the sport. Ticket sales for ESL One Genting in Malaysia start this Thursday (October 19) at 1pm. There will be a ticket for everyone, including Weekend Tickets, Plus Tickets and Premium Tickets that range in price from RM180 (Bt1,410) to RM620. For more information, visit https://en.esl-one.com/gate/