ESL, the world’s largest esports company, has today announced that it will host South East Asia’s largest esports competition in the Philippines: ESL One Manila by PLDT Fibr & Smart GameX is set to award US$250,000 from April 23-24, 2016 in the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Almost twelve million Philippine Pesos are up for grabs at our next installment of ESL One and we’re all hoping for a team local to the region to step up to the plate and take home the lion’s share,” said Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL. “The Philippines have a strong history with Dota 2, and so when discussing possible Asian events, the decision was an easy one to make. This is a country and community that loves Dota 2, and we’re honored to be able to say we’re making history with this event: it’s the first event of its kind in the region and we can’t wait to see fan reactions to what we have in store.”
The competition will feature the top Dota 2 teams in the world, with a place reserved and dedicated for a local Filipino team. Taking place from April 23-24 in the Mall of Asia Arena, tickets to ESL One Manila by PLDT Fibr & Smart GameX go on sale starting December 8, 2015 at 6PM (GMT+8) :
- Weekend tickets – from 500 Filipino Pesos (US$10): general admission to the event on both days
- Premium tickets – 5,000 Filipino Pesos (US$106): premium area seating, free drinks and food, goodie bag, exclusive signing sessions, dedicated secret shop in premium area, special Dota 2 ingame item
ESL One Manila by PLDT Fibr & Smart GameX marks a prize money milestone of US$750,000 in relation to ESL’s promise to pledge one million dollars in Dota 2 prize money over a twelve month period. The ESL One tournament series has taken Dota 2 to iconic locations such as the 2006 football World Cup stadium in Frankfurt, Commerzbank-Arena, and the famed Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, both of which have been pioneering in their own right. ESL One Manila by PLDT Fibr & Smart GameX in the Mall of Asia is set to be South East Asia’s largest esports event to date and will be ESL One’s first appearance on the Asian continent.
For more information regarding the event please visit the official ESL One website.