ESL, the world’s largest esports company, is proud to announce the 1st ever season of ESL SEA Championship for Dota 2. The ESL SEA Championship is a regional tournament featuring 8 of the top Dota 2 teams in Southeast Asia competing for a total prize pool of US$20,000. The winner of the ESL SEA Championship will also earn a direct spot to the SEA closed qualifiers of ESL One Birmingham 2020.
The tournament will consist of 4 invited teams which will be announced at a later date. The remaining 4 teams will have to earn their spot through the open qualifiers happening between 29th Feb and 4th Mar.
- Open Qualifier #1: 29th Feb – 1st Mar
- Open Qualifier #2: 3rd – 4th Mar
“The zero-to-hero notion has always been a very important aspect for us and we are excited to have a direct connection between our regional and global product. This is a great start for 2020 and we will continue to make the path to pro as direct as possible.”Nick Vanzetti, Senior Vice President of ESL Asia-Pacific Japan
“There is a lack of opportunities for up and coming teams and we wanted to develop a product to tackle this issue.“With the ESL SEA Championship granting a direct path to the closed qualifiers of ESL One Birmingham 2020, it provides additional opportunities and financial support for teams as well as a more interesting storyline for fans to follow.”Michael Kiefer, Head of Products at ESL Asia
The 8 teams in the ESL SEA Championship will be split into 2 GSL Groups, with 4 teams in each group. Group A matches will be played on the 9th & 10th March and Group B matches on the 25th & 26th March. The top 2 teams of each group will advance to a single-elimination playoffs happening on the 4th & 5th April. All matches are best-of-3s with the exception of the Grand Final which will be a best-of-5.
ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. about.eslgaming.com