ONE launches eSports championship; Alimurung CEO
July 29, 2019
The Asian global sports media property, ONE Championship, has launched what it says is Asia’s largest eSports world championship series with ONE Esports’ first confirmed events of the 2019-2020 season. In addition, Carlos Alimurung has been named CEO of ONE Esports, and will be responsible for designing ONE Esports’ vision and strategy, setting the company’s goals, and supporting the team to execute and deliver.
ONE Esports will be organising a series of Dota 2 World Pro Invitationals featuring the top teams in the world. The ONE Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on December 20-22, 2019 and the ONE Dota 2 Jakarta World Pro Invitational will be held at ICE BSD on April 17th-19th, 2020. Each Invitational will see the world’s best professional Dota 2 teams compete for a prize pool of $500,000.
In addition, as part of ONE Championship’s commemorative activities for its 100th event to be held later this year in Tokyo, Japan on October 13th, ONE Esports will be hosting the ONE TEKKEN Tokyo Invitational and ONE Street Fighter Tokyo Challenge on October 5 and 6 respectively. Each tournament will give members of the fighting games community to take on 9 top-ranking fighting games esports professionals in a 3 v 3 team format. ONE Esports will be announcing shortly its packed schedule for 2020 and beyond, featuring some of the world’s biggest game titles with the world’s best teams and players in the coming months.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am excited to announce ONE Esports’ official launch of Asia’s largest esports world championship series. It is also my pleasure to announce that we have named Carlos Alimurung the CEO of ONE Esports. 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.”
Alimurung added: “The opportunity to build a multibillion dollar eSports business in Asia is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. ONE’s DNA is about celebrating inspirational stories and heroes, which will be instrumental in enriching the region’s entire eSports ecosystem of amateurs, pro players, game developers, leagues, organisers, country agencies, and brands. The team is very strong, and I’m excited to incorporate their ideas and energy to execute our strategy.”