ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship™ (ONE), Asia’s largest global sports media property, successfully completed the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major Presented by PGL, as 1.1 million concurrent viewers watched Invictus Gaming beat Evil Geniuses for the Championship to conclude the first Major event of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit.
Held from 27 March to 4 April 2021 in Singapore, the Singapore Major was watched by Dota fans and esports enthusiasts worldwide, cumulatively reaching over 274 million views across all streaming platforms. Presented by esports tournament organizer PGL, and organized in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the Singapore Major consisted of three stages held over 105 hours, making it the longest offline Major in the tournament’s history.
The tournament featured 16 of the world’s top Dota 2 teams, with players from 29 countries competing in Singapore throughout a closed-door and strictly controlled event to ensure the health and safety of the participants and crew. The first Major ever broadcasted in 4K resolution, the Singapore Major was streamed across various platforms, including Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and Huya, as well as on the ONE Esports official site. Results were as follows:
Wild Card Stage Official Results (27 & 28 March 2021):
- PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, and Team Liquid advanced to the Group Stage, while Team Nigma, T1, and AS Monaco Gambit bowed out of the tournament.
Group Stage Official Results (29 & 30 March 2021):
- After two intense days of nonstop action in the Group Stage, Thunder Predator, PSG.LGD, and Vici Gaming advanced to the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs. They would meet the top teams from the first DPC season: Team Secret, Invictus Gaming, Fnatic, Virtus.pro, and Evil Geniuses.
- Quincy Crew, Team Liquid, Team Aster, and OB Esports x Neon qualified for the Lower Bracket of the Playoffs.
Playoffs Official Results (31 March – 3 April 2021):
- Evil Geniuses became the first team to reach the Grand Final by defeating PSG.LGD.
- Teams playing in the Lower Bracket Final and Grand Final were Evil Geniuses, Invictus Gaming, and PSG.LGD.
- OB Esports x Neon, Thunder Predator, and Team Secret were eliminated.
Finals (4 April 2021):
- Lower Bracket Final: Invictus Gaming triumphs over PSG.LGD with a 2-1 score.
- Grand Final: Invictus Gaming advanced into the Grand Final, making a comeback to emerge victorious with a 3-2 score against Evil Geniuses. As champion of the Singapore Major, the team won USD$200,000, 500 DPC points, and a guaranteed spot in this year’s TI. Runner-up Evil Geniuses won US$100,000 in prize money and 450 DPC points.
The first offline Dota 2 event in 14 months, the Singapore Major was held with the health and safety of the players, event participants, and everyone involved as the top priority. Stringent measures were put in place during the duration of the closed-door tournament, which included COVID-19 tests and a strictly controlled itinerary for players.
Carlos Alimurung, CEO of ONE Esports, stated:
“We are proud of the success and strong support for the Singapore Major – one of the world’s most prestigious esports events. I would like to thank PGL and the Singapore Tourism Board who were unwavering in their support and incredibly creative in helping us deliver this eagerly anticipated event safely. Our commercial partners and the global esports community’s support were amazing and instrumental to making the Major a massive success. This competition is just one example of ONE Esports’ commitment to bringing top-tier esports events to Singapore and the world.”
Silviu Stroie, CEO of PGL, stated:
“We are proud of what we achieved during the Singapore Major. If we look at the numbers, you can tell why. It was one of the most successful Dota 2 events of all time. When we started to plan the event, we had only one thing in our minds: the Singapore Major will be an epic event. And it was. We never doubted ourselves, and we are happy to have another magnificent Dota 2 event in our portfolio. Three PGL events have the highest peak viewers of all time in Dota 2 Majors history. That’s the standard we have in mind when we’re preparing an event.”
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