This year seems to be a good year for me in terms of esports and gaming coverages. I was recently invited to attend in the upcoming ESL One Genting 2018 at Resorts World Genting!
After a successful run last year ESL One 2018 is making a come back in Genting for the second time!
Together with ESL, the world’s largest esports company, thousands of fans are going to witness the best Dota 2 action on January 23-28, 2018. This event 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 $US400,000 but also for 400 coveted Qualifying Points that are collected to determine the eight direct invites to The International 2018.
During the press conference held yesterday at the Genting International Showroom, both Frank Sliwka (Chief Operating Officer at ESL Asia and Vice President of Promotions & Entertainment) and Kevin Tann (Resorts World Genting) were present to officially inaugurate ESL One Genting 2018.
“Following ESL One Genting 2017, which we saw being 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 Resorts World Genting.
Of course due to the growing market and interest in esports all over Southeast Asia, ESL established a multi year collaboration with Resorts World, so this is definitely not going to be the last!
“After our first installment in 2017, we already knew that it wouldn’t be our last event in Genting. The passion we have witnessed from the community on-site and the huge support from our partners at Resorts World Genting showed us how enthusiastic the Malaysian Dota 2 fans are,” said Frank Sliwka, ESL Asia Chief Operating Officer at ESL. “We are excited to work with RWG in the future to further establish esports in the Southeast Asia region to bring our content to people from all over the world.
And of course, we’ll be expecting many popular and familiar faces during the event. Filipino celebrity, Eri Newman, host to many esports tournaments including ESL One Manila 2016 in the Philippines, will be hosting the event. Joining him are Paul “Redeye” Chaloner as desk host and sideline reporter Jacob “SirActionSlacks” Kanner, Owen “Odpixel” Davies and Austin “Capitalist” Walsh will complete the line-up as commentators to the games.
Just to take a look back at what happened in ESL One Genting 2017, two teams Newbee and Digital Chaos fought their way up to the Grand Finals, with Digital Chaos bagging the ESL One trophy and US$125,000 in prize share. Over 5,000 people attended last year and 11.4 million viewers watched the content online! This year might be event more! And of course, ESL One Genting will be broadcasted LIVE on TV via eGG Network from January 23 to 28!
I am really excited and looking forward to ESL One next week!
For those who were not able to purchase tickets for the main event, a group stage public viewing at the Genting International Showroom will be available from 23-25 January. Tickets are priced at RM20 for 3 days access.