Esports organisation ESL has announced that it is opening a regional office in Singapore in an effort to expand into South-East Asia (SEA) a bit more. It's hosted events in the region like ESL One Manila last year and ESL One Genting this year, but now "aims to add two more ESL One Dota 2 stand-alone events to the repertoire in 2018."
The aim of this expansion is to "help solidify ESL's commitment to develop passionate esports communities around the world by giving them a platform to compete at the local level, as well as the chance to witness large-scale competitions," and this office will be led by Interim Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Radu. Radu has plenty of experience in developing esports globally, and had this to say about the new office:
"ESL's mission is to bring esports to every corner of the world, and create legendary esports moments wherever we go. With this strategic expansion, ESL is committing to bringing the best of esports to South East Asia, and to further build on the legacy left by the two successful mega events our company already held in Manila and Malaysia. We're looking forward to future projects, events and partnerships that will bring us closer to this goal in our mission."
ESL's CEO, Ralf Reichert, added: "ESL is and always will be about building esports: for the athletes, the fans and the aspiring players. Our new regional office will set us up to bring even more global events and tournaments to the region, but more importantly: to help build the local esports communities through grassroots and local championships, which are fundamental to the growth of esports anywhere in the world."
Are more Dota 2 events always a good thing?