Media Prima Television Networks (MPTN) online video streaming portal, ‘tonton’ and free-to-air channel, ‘ntv7’ are set to be the official broadcasters for ‘ESL One Genting DOTA 2’ tournament which is set to take place at the Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands from 6th to 8th January 2017.
All 6.3 million registered ‘tonton’ users will be able to live stream the semi-finals in High Definition (HD) for free on 6th and 7th January 2017 and the grand finals on 8th January 2016. Meanwhile, ‘ntv7’ will showcase the grand finals on 8th January 2017 from 6.00pm onwards. eSports fans can watch eight of the world’s top teams, including Malaysia’s Fnatic, battling it out for the coveted ESL One Championship title and a prize pool of USD250,000.
In addition, MPTN will be hosting a 1 vs 1 tournament followed by a LIVE stream of the Grand Finals of ESL One Genting. The tournament is expected to take place at the Boulevard Driveway, Berjaya Times Square Mall on 8th January 2017. Registration for the 1 vs 1 tournament is free and will only be open to 32 players. The tournament will be in a form of a knockout with exclusive prizes.
Datuk Kamal Khalid, Chief Executive Officer of Media Prima Television Networks commented, “We are truly honoured to be given the privilege of bringing eSports to Malaysians for the first time as the DOTA 2 craze is rapidly gaining popularity amongst gamers in Malaysia. Besides, this is the best platform and opportunity for all DOTA 2 fans to watch their favourite teams in action. This is also MPTN’s ways of adding value to its audience.”
"We are very excited to be in Malaysia and in order for the people who are not able to come and experience our world-class tournament, ‘tonton’ will be the place to watch and feel the action," said Piantchenko-Graf Mickael, Asia Managing Director of ESL Asia.
eSports has been a booming phenomenon across the world including Malaysia. The global eSports market generated USD325 million of revenue in 2015 and approximately over USD400 million in 2016.