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Friday, January 19, 2018

Red Bull Lends its Wings to ESports Once Again at ESL One Genting 2018

Next weekend, Malaysia will once again host the upcoming ESL One Genting 2018. For the second time running, Red Bull Product of Europe (Red Bull) is the official energy drink of the tournament and ESL One globally. The collaboration follows after previous success at events such as ESL One Frankfurt and ESL One Cologne, with initial cooperation extending as far back to 2012. The energy drink company is no stranger to the world of ESports as it has been playing an active role in the arena with tournaments such as the Red Bull Battle Grounds, Red Bull Player One and Red Bull Kumite.

Team NP – Last year's champion

The event, which is the first stop of the 2018 ESL One circuit will be held at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting from 26th to 28th January. The Dota 2 tournament will see sixteen teams of the best Dota 2 teams in the world to compete for a prize pool of up to USD 400,000 (RM 1.5mil).

Overall crowd in Arena

In this year’s edition, the world’s top eight teams will cross swords together with an additional eight teams from the qualifying rounds. Defending world champions, Team Liquid, still fresh from winning The International 7 tournament which bagged them a cash prize of USD10.8 million, will have their work cut out as other top teams like NewBee, Virtus Pro and Fnatic are chomping at the bit to dethrone them. Let’s not forgetting the qualifying teams who are eager to prove themselves and not just make up the numbers. With the high quality of the competition, Esports fans, new and old, are in for a real treat. In addition, our own local boys Ah Fu (LFY), Nana (Fnatic), MidOne (Secret) and Mushi (Mineski) will have homeground support as they battle their way to glory on an international level!

Matches pundits

Red Bull would like to welcome all ESports enthusiasts and all gamers both casuals and hardcore to witness the biggest Dota 2 tournament and to support our very own local E-athletes. The event marks the second time ESL One has graced Malaysian soil and is slated to be one of the biggest ESports events in South East Asia. Red Bull is also collaborating with Acer Predator to entertain the attendees on the ground with fun and interactive activities such as 1vs1 challenges with local Dota 2 personalities and e-athletes. There will also be a virtual reality experience and a huge screen for live viewing of the main tournament outside the arena and many other activities with limited edition Red Bull and Acer Predator merchandise up for grabs . Promising an unforgettable day for Esports fans, Red Bull is at the forefront of the gaming landscape when it comes to the ultimate Esports experience and Malaysia is the perfect battleground for it.

Cosplay & crowd

Last year, the tournament played host to eight teams, which included three directly invited teams and five teams each represented qualifying regions of Americas, China, Europe, Malaysia and Southeast Asia. In the finals, Digital Chaos defeated Newbee 3-2 in a very close encounter to win the tournament. The 3rd place of the tournament went to The International 2016 champions, Wings Gaming and Virtus.pro.

The ESL One trophy

The main event of the tournament took place at Arena of Stars, a musical amphitheater with capacity around 6,000 seats, located at Genting Highlands. Due to the massive support of Dota 2 in Southeast Asia, ESL One chose to host the tournament in Malaysia for the second time running.

To find out more about ESL One Genting 2018, competing teams, players, updates along with related stories, please visit www.redbull.my/eslonegenting. Will you be at the event? Do let me know which team you will be supporting in the comment section below.


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