Hiding in the trees is so 2014, Esports is in your base smacking your Ancient.
I know what you’re thinking, what the hell is a fight organization doing in the world of competitive Esports – the three-lane-highway is neither a cage nor a ring. Well, I’m pleased to announce that other than the absolute mouthful of a name, the ONE Esports DOTA 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore was a resounding success and might even pave the way for larger Esports events on our tiny island.
According to our resident DOTA 2 expert Nicholas, this event was an invitational which means teams would only take-home prize money and not DOTA Pro Circuit points (DPC) – DPC are the DOTA equivalent of league points in traditional sport. The Invitational had 12 teams battling it out for a total prize pool of US$500,000 – with the winner taking home a cool US$200,000.
The event was a collaboration between ONE Esports and PGL Esports which pretty much explains the multi-million-dollar production value – or at least, it definitely feels like a couple of million bucks. The event was even held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, just a stone’s throw away from JJ Lin. The word I’d use to describe the event is professional, everything from the camera angles to the match visuals, the entire event felt like a major gaming event. Not to mention the bevy of sponsors which ranged from the usual suspects like Secretlab (I swear they’re everywhere) and Red Bull to the more mainstream like DBS Bank and Tumi.
Official photo credits: ONE Esports
The event concluded with Vici Gaming smashing Evil Geniuses with a 3-0 sweep and taking home US$200,000.
As of this article, it has been announced that ONE Esports would be playing host to the ONE Esports Singapore Major – with a total of US$1,000,000 and 15,000 DOTA Pro Circuit (DPC) points up for grabs.
Esports have exploded onto the mainstream in recent years and this gamer is extremely excited about what’s to come. The fact that Singapore would play host to a DOTA 2 Major fills this Singaporean gamer with pride but most importantly…Hope. Maybe now, parents and educators would stop laughing when a kid says he wants to be a professional gamer.
Because hiding in the trees is so 2014, Esports is in your base smacking your Ancient.
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