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ESL's flagship circuit ESL One returns after a successful first run in 2017

GENTING HIGHLANDS, Malaysia, Jan. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Resorts World Genting is proudly returning as the host of professional esports tournament ESL One Genting 2018 for the second time. Together with ESL, the world's largest esports company, thousands of fans are going to witness the best Dota 2 action from January 23-28, 2018. This event marks the third official Minor Tournament of the year, as the top 16 Dota 2 teams will not only battle over a prize pool of $US400,000 but also for 400 coveted Qualifying Points that are collected to determine the eight direct invites to The International 2018. As the winner of the best esports event of the year at the Spia Asia – Asia's Sports Industry Awards & Conference in 2017 – this year's ESL One Genting promises to be even bigger and better than in 2017.

(From left) Kevin Tann, VP of Promotions & Entertainment and Frank Sliwka, Chief Operating Officer, ESL Asia flanked by Dota2 Cosplayers
(From left) Kevin Tann, VP of Promotions & Entertainment and Frank Sliwka, Chief Operating Officer, ESL Asia flanked by Dota2 Cosplayers

ESL has forged a multiyear collaboration with Resorts World Genting for the second year running after ESL One Genting 2017 as part of the expansion of the esports scene in Southeast Asia with further plans in the future.

A press conference is held today at the Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting ahead of the event. Both Frank Sliwka, Chief Operating Officer at ESL Asia and Vice President of Promotions & Entertainment Kevin Tann from Resorts World Genting were at the press conference to give their respective speeches, followed by a screening of the ESL One aftermovie 2017 and a photo and Q&A session. Numerous Dota 2 cosplayers were around to bring the fantastic champions of Dota 2 to life.

"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."

"After our first installment in 2017, we already knew that it wouldn't be our last event in Genting. The passion we have witnessed from the community on-site and the huge support from our partners at Resorts World Genting showed us how enthusiastic the Malaysian Dota 2 fans are," said Frank Sliwka, ESL Asia Chief Operating Officer at ESL. "We are excited to work with RWG in the future to further establish esports in the Southeast Asia region to bring our content to people from all over the world.

The ESL One broadcast team for 2018 features an exciting team of notable faces from the world of esports to bring fans the Dota 2 live action. Eri Newman, who has hosted multiple ESL One tournaments including ESL One Manila 2016 in his home country, will be leading the talent team as stage host. Paul "Redeye" Chaloner as desk host and sideline reporter Jacob "SirActionSlacks" Kanner are familiar faces to the Dota 2 community. Owen "Odpixel" Davies and Austin "Capitalist" Walsh will complete the line-up as commentators to add their thrilling and witty observations to the game.

In 2017, more than 5,000 fans attended ESL One Genting on each of the three main event days, whereas over 11.4 million viewers consumed around 4.5 million hours of content online. The two teams Newbee and Digital Chaos fought their way up to the Grand Finals, delivering thrilling matches. It was Digital Chaos who eventually took home the ESL One trophy and US$125,000 in prize share.

For those who did not manage to get tickets for the almost sold-out main event, a group stage public viewing at the Genting International Showroom will be available for the preliminary rounds leading up to the finals from 23-25 January. Tickets are priced at RM20 for 3 days access. 

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Genting Malaysia is one of the leading leisure and hospitality corporations in the world. Listed on Bursa Malaysia with approximately RM34 billion in market capitalisation, Genting Malaysia owns and operates major properties including Resorts World Genting, Resorts World Casino New York City, Resorts World Bimini, Resorts World Birmingham and other casinos in the United Kingdom.

Resorts World Genting ("RWG") is a premier leisure and entertainment resort in Malaysia. It is equipped with over 10,000 rooms spread across 7 hotels, theme parks and entertainment attractions, dining and retail outlets, international shows and business convention facilities. The Group has embarked on a 10- year master plan to reinvigorate and transform Resorts World Genting under the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan ("GITP"). Genting Malaysia has introduced various new facilities and attractions under the GITP, which includes the new Hotel on the Park, First World Hotel Tower 3, the new Awana SkyWay cable car system and the initial phase of the SkyAvenue lifestyle mall and SkyPlaza. The recent opening of the Genting Highlands Premium Outlet (a property of Genting Simon Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between Genting Plantations Berhad and Simon Property Group) also complements the new and existing offerings at RWG. Meanwhile, the indoor theme park and retail outlets in First World Plaza are currently closed for a complete makeover. Other attractions and facilities under the GITP, which includes the world's first Twentieth Century Fox World theme park, are expected to unfold from next year onwards.

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