A battle for supremacy
> The highly-anticipated Dew Challenge for Dota 2 players is back, this time with a new category of prizes for mobile gamers
AFTER the success of last year’s inaugural Dew Challenge, which was the country’s largest amateur Dota 2 tournament, Mountain Dew has brought back the popular amateur e-gaming competition, featuring a prize pool of RM150,000.
This year, Mountain Dew is also introducing a mobile gaming challenge in an augmented reality format, which is open to all members of the public, and has a prize pool of RM50,000.
Mountain Dew’s entry into the e-gaming scene in Malaysia has opened up new opportunities for gamers to prove themselves in competitive circles, and potentially get themselves noticed by professional teams.
This was what happened to Dota 2 player Yeik Nai Zheng, better known by the handle MidOne, at the 2015 Dew Challenge.
At the time, MidOne was ready to retire from the e-sport, but decided to give it one last try. He formed a team with some friends and entered the Dew Challenge.
MidOne and his team qualified for the final round, and ultimately won the tournament.
His Dew Challenge win landed the player an offer to join international Dota 2 gaming organisation Fnatic, and most recently, he placed fourth at The International 2016 tournament in August.
Now, other aspiring players will be looking to try and follow in his footsteps, or at the very least, earn themselves the title of the best amateur Dota 2 players in the country.
For the 2016 Dew Challenge, there will be room for 224 Dota 2 teams from all over the country, with each team comprising five members.
The teams must first do battle in their regional level in order to proceed to the finals. The five regions are Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Johor.
The selected top teams from all the regions will proceed to compete at the group stage level on Dec 9 in Kuala Lumpur.
The top eight teams left standing will then move on to the finals on Dec 10 and 11 for the chance at the RM150,000 prize pool.
At the same time, mobile gamers will also get the chance to participate in a fun, interactive game where they will be required to capture as many virtual Mountain Dew drones as they can.
The player who earns the highest points wins, but there’s a twist – players can steal points from their rivals, so everyone will have to be extra vigilant while playing.
Only the top 10 participants from each region will proceed to the finals in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 11 for their chance at the RM50,000 prize money.
The first regional round of competition, Penang, took place on Oct 15 and 16 in George Town with around 100 participants for both the Dota 2 and mobile gaming challenges.
The second regional competition (Selangor) took place last weekend at the INC Cyber Cafe in Petaling Jaya.
The other regional competitions – Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Johor – are respectively scheduled for this weekend (Nov 12 and 13) at the Orange Stadium in Taman Setapak, Kuala Lumpur; on Nov 19 and 20 at WOC Net Cafe in Kuantan; and on Nov 25 and 26 at 818 Cyber Cafe, Johor Baru.
Hemalatha Ragavan, vice president of marketing and business development for Etika Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Pemanis Sandilands Sdn Bhd), said: “We are big advocates of following one’s passion and we highly encourage Malaysians to do so.
“Hence, we have created this online gaming arena and the mobile gaming application for fellow gaming enthusiasts as a platform for them to channel their passion for gaming.”
Those interested can stay updated on the competition news and results on Mountain Dew Malaysia’s Facebook page.
Playing for the prize ... (clockwise, from above) the participants with supporters at the Selangor regional stage of the 2016 Dew Challenge.