For the first time, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) will be organizing a live Dota 2 tournament in Manila.
Boasting a $250,000 price pool, ESL One Manila worked alongside PLDT Fibr & Smart GameX to set up the one of the biggest eSports competitions in April next year.
This marks the first time that ESL is organizing the event in an Asian country; previous championship events were held exclusively at European and American countries.
Eight teams from all over the globe will feature in the tournament, competing in a single elimination format.
Two teams will get a direct invite based on their past performance while the other participants will be chosen from an online qualifier: one team each from China, Europe, the United States and the Philippines.
The two remaining teams will come from Southeast Asia.
According to Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL, the venue was not a difficult decision to make.
He believed that the Philippines were “a country and community that loves Dota 2”, and that the organizers are “honoured” to hold the event there in a “history making” event.
Since the event was announced on Tuesday, tickets were fast selling out.