It’s time for ESL One again and for the second time, Resorts World Genting will be playing host to this professional eSports tournament. This year marks the third official Minor Tournament of the year, as 16 top DOTA 2 teams will challenge for a prize pool of $US400,000 as well as 400 Qualifying Points that determine the eight direct invites to The International 2018.
“eSports is recognized as the next big thing in marketing and the size of the global eSports 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,” said Kevin Tann, Vice President of Promotions & Entertainment at Resorts World Genting.
In 2017, more than 5,000 fans attended ESL One Genting on each of the three main event days, whereas over 11.4 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 thrilling matches. It was Digital Chaos who eventually took home the ESL One trophy and US$125,000 in prize share.
For those who did not manage to get tickets for the almost sold-out main event, a group stage public viewing at the Genting International Showroom will be available for the preliminary rounds leading up to the finals from 23-25 January. Tickets are priced at RM20 for 3 days access.