ESL, the world's largest esports company, is celebrating the new year with a bang as their flagship series, ESL One will once again be back at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, Malaysia. Scheduled to take place on January 23 to January 28, 2018, ESL One Genting 2018 will see the top 16 Dota 2 teams battling out to take a stab at the prize pool of $US400,000, as well as earning themselves 400 Qualifying Points for a higher chance of getting a direct invite to The International 2018.
The world's best Dota 2 team will be directly invited to fill one of the 16 slots in the group stages of ESL One Genting 2018. Regional qualifiers will also be held all over the world prior to the event to determine which teams will fill up the remaining slots. The quarterfinals will commence once group stage is over and it will be played in a Best of 3 (Bo3), single elimination format, same goes for the semifinals. The grand finals will be played in a Best of 5 (Bo5), single elimination format instead.
ESL One Genting 2018 marks the third time an ESL event is being held in Southeast Asia, including the previous ESL One Manila 2016 and ESL One Genting 2017. More than 5,000 fans flooded the Genting Arena of Stars for ESL One Genting earlier this year on each of the three main event days, whereas over 11.4 million viewers consumed around 4.5 million hours of content online, witnessing Digital Chaos taking home the title and US$125,000 in prize share.
“After this years successful kick-off with our flagship series ESL One, which was held for the very first time at the Arena of Stars in Malaysia, we already knew that it wouldn’t be our last event in Genting. The Southeast Asian Dota 2 community showed us, what real passion looks like and provided us with one of the key factors to create a legendary esports event: atmosphere,” said Ulrich Schulze Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “We found a strong and reliable partner with Resorts World Genting and together we are looking forward to mmakingESL One Genting 2018 even bigger and better than last time.”
“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. “Esports is recognized as the next big thing in marketing and the size of the global esports audience has rapidly grown. One-fifth of the world is said to actively play video games for an average of an hour a day. This is a complex and fast-changing universe, and we are eager to be part of it. Through ESL One Genting, we hope to connect with esports fans in an authentic way — a way that delivers added value to their experience and to the sport,” he added.
Ticket sales for ESL One Genting 2018 in Malaysia start on Thursday, October 19 at 2pm MYT / 8am CEST / 11pm PDT. There will be a ticket for everyone, including Weekend Tickets, Plus Tickets and Premium Tickets that range in price from RM180 to RM620. Further information about each ticket type can be found directly on the ESL One ticketing page.