The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship, has announced the official launch of Asia’s largest esports world championship series with ONE Esports’ first confirmed events of the 2019-2020 season.
“I am excited to announce ONE Esports’ official launch of Asia’s largest esports world championship series,” ONE Chairman Chatri Sityodtong said. “It is also my pleasure to announce that we have named Carlos Alimurung the CEO of ONE Esports. Carlos is an incredible leader with invaluable business savvy and unparalleled expertise in the esports industry.
“There is a natural crossover between martial arts and gaming fans in Asia.”
In addition, Carlos Alimurung has been named CEO of ONE Esports, and will be responsible for designing ONE Esports’ vision and strategy, setting the company’s goals, and supporting the team to execute and deliver.
“The opportunity to build a multibillion-dollar esports business in Asia is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Alimurung.
“ONE’s DNA is about celebrating inspirational stories and heroes, which will be instrumental in enriching the region’s entire esports ecosystem of amateurs, pro players, game developers, leagues, organizers, country agencies, and brands.”
ONE Esports will be organizing a series of Dota 2 World Pro Invitationals featuring the top teams in the world.
The ONE Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on December 20-22, 2019 and the ONE Dota 2 Jakarta World Pro Invitational will be held at ICE BSD on April 17-19, 2020.
Each Invitational will see the world’s best professional Dota 2 teams compete for a prize pool of USD 500,000.
In addition, as part of ONE Championship’s commemorative activities for its 100th event to be held later this year in Tokyo, Japan on October 13, ONE Esports will be hosting the ONE TEKKEN Tokyo Invitational and ONE Street Fighter Tokyo Challenge on October 5 and 6 respectively.
“We are grateful to be part of the powerful global momentum behind ONE Championship. We intend to leverage our entire Dentsu and Dentsu Aegis network to realize sales and business opportunities for ONE Esports, and make a historic step in the growing esports market in Asia together,” said Shuntaro Tanaka, Director of Dentsu Content Business Design Center.
Each tournament will give members of the fighting games community to take on 9 top-ranking fighting games esports professionals in a 3 v 3 team format.
ONE Esports will be announcing shortly its packed schedule for 2020 and beyond, featuring some of the world’s biggest game titles with the world’s best teams and players in the coming months.
“The opportunity to bring everyone together under Asia’s home of millennial live sports is something that we have worked very hard on,” added Sityodtong. “ONE Championship is committed to bringing its same brand of large-scale event production and live broadcast capabilities, unique world-class content production, global media distribution, storytelling expertise, and marketing experience to ONE Esports.
“With ONE Esports, ONE Championship is without a doubt Asia’s largest producer of millennial sports content.”