US$30,000 Gigabyte International Dota Cup 2012 announced


Computer hardware manufacturer Gigabyte is backing a year-long US$30,000 prize pool Dota Allstars tournament dubbed the Gigabyte GEST International Dota Cup 2012.

The tournament will run from February 2012 to January 2013, with 16 teams from seven countries in Southeast Asia participating. The tournament will be played on PlayCyberGames, a new esports platform run by Asiasoft.

A total of US$2,500 will be paid monthly for 12 months, with the first placed team receiving US$1,500, second-placed US$700 and third-placed team receiving US$300.

According to GosuGamers, the 16 teams invited are:

  • Aeon (Singapore)
  • eNcy (Indonesia)
  • G7 (Myammar)
  • iDeal (Thailand)
  • iZONE125 (Philippines)
  • Kingsurf.JJ (Malaysia)
  • MitH.Trust (Thailand)
  • Mski.PColor (Philippines)
  • MYM (Malaysia)
  • Neolution (Thailand)
  • Orange (Malaysia)
  • RedSpade (Brunei)
  • StarsBoba (Vietnam)
  • Skynet (Vietnam)
  • Velocy (Indonesia)
  • XctN (Philippines)

I was surprised to learn that Gigabyte and Asiasoft are organising a Dota Allstars tournament when Dota 2 is already on the horizon, until I remembered that Asiasoft won the distribution rights for Blizzard games — including WarCraft III, which Dota runs on — in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand last year. I’m guessing this also explains why the Gigabyte International Dota Cup is limited to Southeast Asian teams.

In any case, it’s good to see more top-level Dota Allstars competitive play by Southeast Asian teams happen. The first month’s competition will commence in three weeks, on 11 and 12 Februrary.

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