Written in the record books of not just Professional Dota 2 but also in history, Team Mineski is the first team in the South East Asia (SEA) region to win a competitive Major title in Dota 2 competitions.
For the uninitiated, Dota 2 is a multiplayer online video game in which two teams of five players compete to collectively destroy a large structure defended by the opposing team, known as the “Ancient” while defending their own.
The Dota 2 team of the professional e-sports organisation, Mineski, is made up of Malaysian players Kam “Moon” Boon Seng and Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung, joined by Singaporean Daryl “iceiceice” Koh, Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong of Thai nationality and Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr. from the Philippines.
The team made history at the recent Dota 2 Asia Championship (DAC) held in Shanghai, beating the other finalist team, LGD Gaming 3-2, to clinch their first and a much coveted title as champions in front of a sold-out crowd at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center.
Not only did the team bring home the title and glory, they also won $370,000 USD in prize money. Furthermore, In January, Mineski announced its partnership with AirAsia as a special sponsor and exclusive airline partner in the airline’s first venture into e-sports.
You did it! Champions! Congratulations to @MineskiProTeam on being the first Asean team to win a DOTA2 major and taking home the grand prize! We’re always proud to support our Asean champions #AirAsiaMineski #DareToDream #DAC2018 #esports pic.twitter.com/ayQBm2aFMi
— AirAsia (@AirAsia) April 7, 2018
With the light that is slowly shedding upon the success of e-sports in the region, surely one may not overlook now the prospects of making an e-sports player a career choice.