ESL have officially announced ESL One Manila – the organization’s first Dota 2 tournament to be held in Southeast Asia. ESL One Manila will be organized in collaboration with PLDT Fibr and GameX and is expected to be Southeast Asia’s largest esports event to date. A local Filipino Dota 2 team will be invited to compete alongside some of the best Dota 2 teams in the world for a $250,000 prize pool.
ESL One Manila will take place between April 23-24, at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Manila, Philippines.
According to ESL’s announcement, the organization’s first venture on the Asian continent will bring ESL to a yearly Dota 2 prize fund milestone of $750,000 – a step closer to their promise of pledging one million dollars in Dota 2 prize money over a twelve-month period.
Ulrich Schulze, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL, said of the announcement:
ESL has been eager to bring ESL One to Southeast Asia, and with the Philippines’ rich Dota 2 history, we couldn’t think of a better place. ESL One Manila by PLDT Fibr and GameX will make history as the region’s largest esports competition to date, and we’re confident we can deliver a world-class experience to local and international fans both at the venue and online.
As has become habit in ESL’s Dota 2 events – ESL One Frankfurt and ESL One New York, the latest addition to the tournament circuit, ESL One Manila, promises to pit together some of the best teams in the world. A local Filipino team will be invited to compete, in order to help further establish the region’s esports scene.
Tickets have gone on sale today and are available for prices ranging from $10 for a general admission two-day pass, to $106 for VIP tickets which include free food and drinks, goodie bags, exclusive signing sessions and premium seating in front of the stage.
ESL One Manila will be hosted at the Mall of Asia Arena
The Mall of Asia Arena is an indoor arena within the SM Mall of Asia complex, in Manila, Philippines. A rather new, state-of-the-art building, the arena has only been inaugurated in 2012 and has a seating capacity of 16,000 for sporting events, and a full house capacity of 20,000.