Yesterday, live from Computex in Taiwan, ASUS Republic of Gamers announced a $250,000 worldwide Dota 2 and CS:GO tournament series after a long talk about their gaming presence and influence. ROG has been a core sponsor of some of the top teams in the world including three time LCS Worlds champions SK Telecom T1 and CS:GO legends Ninjas in Pyjamas. In a video regarding esports, our very own White Rabbit Gaming team from South Africa were featured, but then came the big news – the ROG Masters.
Esports talk starts at about 27:00.
The tournament will feature 30 teams from around the world, including smaller regions and those rich in Dota 2 and CS:GO history. The tournament will be broken into four phases of qualification, which will have four participating regions. The are:
- APAC (Asian Pacific): Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, Australia/New Zealand, and South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)
- EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa): Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Spain, Nordic, England, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Benelux
- Americas: United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Chile
In each region, teams will have a chance at Phase One: The open Country Qualifiers and Open Region Qualifiers. This will be a six-month run, and will feature online and offline competition. The most interesting part is the EMEA region, which features 12 countries. Listed above are 10 regions, none of them are African. This means there could still be hope that either Africa (as a whole) or South Africa will be included in that list.
Phase two will see the winners of Phase One going head-to-head to choose one individual team to progress to Phase Three. Phase Three, which will be offline, will see the team competing against seven invited professional teams from the region. Finally, in Phase Four, certain teams from each region will meet in November for the Grand Final. This will be 2 teams from APAC, 2 from EMEA, 1 from Americas and 1 from China to compete for $250,000. This applies to both CS:GO and Dota 2.
It’s unclear what region from Africa will be involved, once we have more clarity we will update you with the news.
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Last Updated: May 31, 2017
May 31, 2017 at 10:34
We have so much talent in this country, it blows my mind that we aren’t recognized as one of the top contenders.