Competitive gaming had an exponential growth in global presence these recent years and especially so in South East Asia region — from new gaming events such as PVP eSports, the inclusion of popular titles in the SEA Games 2019 held in Philippines, to establishment of a Global Esports Federation in Singapore.
One Esports was established in April 2019 by One Championship, an MMA organization based in Singapore as an e-sports entertainment arm. Moving fast, in July the new organization had announced a Dota 2 Pro Invitational in December at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The competition held in partnership with PGL invited 12 renowned teams in the competitive Dota 2 landscape to vie for the US$500,000 prize pool. Participating teams included 2015 TI champions Evil Geniuses, 2017 TI champions Team Liquid as well as runner up for TI 2018 and 2019, PSG.LGD.
Sponsors of the invitational included major brands such as Lazada, DBS Bank, Secretlab, Harvey Norman, TUMI, JBL, and Red Bull. The event was live-streamed to One Esports’ various channels, including Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
The tournament was the first professional competition to be held after “The Outlanders”, a major Dota 2 game update that saw significant changes to the gameplay and various heroes nerfed — hence the excitement which surrounded both players and viewers of the event.
Apart from access to the ongoing competition, the 3-day ticketed event offered attendees meet-and-greet sessions with the participating teams.
Prior to the event date, One eSports held a give-away of tickets on social media and re-shared by the cosplayer guests invited to the event.
As shown below, guests include prominent cosplayers such as Kang Dupet (@kangdupet), Kiyo (@kiyocosplay) as well as previous winners of Kuala Lumpur Major cosplay competitions, Vinca Kazuki and Darryl Izzy.
Prior to the event, One eSports announced on Dec 18th that they will be organizing the first-ever Dota 2 Major in Singapore in partnership with PGL and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in June 2020.
The tournament would be the last Major for the season and a deciding factor on which teams could successfully secure the path towards The International 2020 in Stockholm.