The New Blood Championships is a South East Asian based amateur Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) tournament that will launch in 2017. A total prize pool USD40,000 and main event slots to Season 2 of Galaxy Battles will serve as the ultimate prize for the winners of this tournament. The brand and tournament itself is home grown and designed by two dominant e-sports companies in the region, Purpose Win Entertainment Limited (PWEL), a Hong Kong based e-sports organization in partnership with Fallout Gaming (FG), the leading South East Asian and Malaysian premium e-sports marketing company. Recently completing their first partnership together hosted on 14th-18th June 2017 in Shen Zhen, China (Galaxy Battles, an International Premium DOTA 2 tournament with a total prize pool of USD150,000), both companies share a united vision to start building more platforms that shed light to the next generation of competitive e-sports athletes.
Launching an amateur tournament of this scale only further justifies that the e-sports market in South East Asia is growing at such an exponential rate, that perhaps it is time for mainstream entrance into the market. One person who believes that e-sports is no longer a niche is PWEL’s Project Director Sky Lim who says that “The market for South East Asian e-sports has been growing rapidly, it is the second largest market in the world, many players in the region are qualified to compete with the rest of the world, we are looking forward to creating a shining star South East Asian team that will have the ability to take part at the world stage of any e-sports tournament.”
The New Blood Championships will be the first in the series of amateur gaming tournaments across South East Asia specifically targeted at providing more exposure for aspiring competitive gamers. As the tournament is at an amateur level, all competitive tier 1 teams and players will be banned from entering the championship. The tournament is divided into 3 stages – online country qualifiers, on-ground country finals and the New Blood Championships Main Event.
The open country qualifiers will be held across 5 countries; Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Philippines and 1 “Rest of S.E.A.” online qualifiers which consists of all other South East Asian countries. The top 16 teams from the qualifiers will proceed to the stage 2, the on-ground country finals (with exception of the “Rest of S.E.A.” qualifiers who will proceed directly to the Championship Main Event).
The on-ground country finals will be a LAN event focused in high traffic venues to shed exposure on each country’s finalists. The tip team from each on-ground country finals will qualify for the New Blood Championships Main Event.
Hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia, the New Blood Championships Main Event will feature 1 team qualifying from each country qualifier, 1 team from the “Rest of S.E.A.” qualifier and 2 remaining teams of which 1 will be from GamePlan’s DOTA 2 amateur tournament hosted by Genysis Esports and a remaining last slot which is yet to be announced. The 1st and 2nd placers from the New Blood Championships will proceed directly to the Galaxy Battles Season 2 Main Event in Manila, Philippines on 17th-21st January 2018. All is not lost as the 3rd and 4th placed teams will proceed to the Galaxy Battles Season 2 tournament.
With the introduction of the New Blood Championship Tournament, the goal of increased patriotism is foreseen to rise and one person that is already leading the charge to find the Philippine representative is Eric Redulfin, owner of High Grounds Café and long-time e-sports enthusiast says that “It is time to discover the new stars and rising talent and with the launch of the New Bloods Championships that opportunity now presents itself where local talents are born and communities can finally get behind their country’s team.”
The first season of Galaxy Battles took place in Shen Zhen, China from 14th-18th June, 2017 at the Shen Zhen Bay Sports Centre Stadium to a crowd of 12,000 total attendees over the course of 72 hours. 8 teams squared off for a prize pool of USD150,000 with Team Newbee prevailing as Grand Champions.
“Building platforms that allow aspiring competitive athletes to further their careers is the ultimate goal, we at Fallout Gaming have always believed in building platforms that allow amateurs to progress further. We’ve seen it with the likes of Mountain Dew’s Dew Challenger with MidOne progressing Fnatic and Team Secret in its first season, and vt.Faded into Fnatic in the platforms second season. This is just one example of many and we strive to continue this drive to give the community more opportunity to actualize their aspirations. Forging partnerships with PWEL and High Grounds only helps to accelerate our vision”, concluding statement by Adrian Gaffor, Founder and Managing Director of Fallout Gaming.