ESL has expanded their reach to Malaysia by partnering with Resorts World Genting for ESL One Genting, the organization announced Wednesday.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, the event will take place from January 6th to January 8th, which makes ESL One Genting the first major Dota 2 event of 2017. It will be taking place at Genting Arena of Stars, which can seat approximately five thousand attendees, in Genting Highlands.

In a statement penned by Ulrich Schulze, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL, it was explained at their choice of venue came from, “Their very deep understanding of the local market and its high-end facilities.” Schulze went on to state that they are confident that Resorts World Genting will help bring the best eSports event Southeast Asia has yet to see.

“Esports is a massive and growing industry globally, and we hope to play a meaningful role in developing the local and regional market,” said Kevin Tann, Vice President of Resorts World Genting, “We are proud to be collaborating with ESL, the world’s biggest professional provider of esports, that offers not just tournaments like ESL One but also news, live broadcast and support in the esports community.”

Like past ESL One events there will be a total of eight teams featured on the main stage, with one of those teams being specially selected from the Malaysian scene. On top of invites, teams will be able to qualify for the tournament through one of four online qualifiers that are divided between China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America. Currently, no team invites have been revealed and both format and ticket information have yet to be released.

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