Asian mixed martial arts promotion One Championship has announced Singapore, Jakarta and Tokyo as the first destinations for its new esports series, along with hiring Carlos Alimurung to lead the venture.
First unveiled in November, One is seeking to make One Esports the continent’s largest esports world championship series. It has now revealed further plans for the series, including its first events for the 2019-20 season.
One Esports will be organising a series of Dota 2 World Pro Invitationals, stating they will feature the world’s top teams. The One Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on December 20-22, with the Dota 2 Jakarta World Pro Invitational following at ICE BSD on April 17-19, 2020. Each Invitational will offer a prize pool of $500,000 (€449,000).
In addition, as part of One Championship’s commemorative activities for its 100th event to be held in Tokyo 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.
Meanwhile, Alimurung has been named chief executive of One Esports, and will be responsible for designing the venture’s vision and strategy, setting the company’s goals, and supporting the team to execute and deliver. Before joining One Esports, Alimurung served as chief business officer for Battlefy, an open esports competition platform.
Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and chief executive of One Championship, said: “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. The opportunity to bring everyone together under Asia’s home of millennial live sports is something that we have worked very hard on.
“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.”