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ESL and MET launch Manila Masters with $250,000 Prize Pool presented by PLDT

Evil Geniuses first to confirm their participation in Manila this May

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(Manila, Philippines) February 17, 2016 — ESL and the Mineski-Events Team are more than ready to embark on the latest chapter of their storied journey together, as they introduce the Manila Masters by PLDT.

The Manila Masters will gather eight of the best teams from all over the world here in Manila, where they are set to duke it out for pride, glory, and the lion’s share of the $250,000 prize pool from May 26-28, in the SM Mall of Asia Arena, in front of some of what many people consider to be the best fans in esports.

After the success of last year’s ESL One Manila as well as ESL One Genting in Malaysia just a month ago, ESL looks to provide SEA with yet another massive boost in the development in its regional esports scene.

The event also marks the next stage in Southeast Asian esports’ evolution, being the very first SEA-organized premier global-scale event. It is a coming of age for the Mineski-Events Team as SEA’s top esports organizing body, as they now look to spearhead its first event of this magnitude, after playing a key role in last year’s ESL One Manila as well as other ESL projects.

From organizing small cybercafe tournaments to co-hosting ESL One Manila, to now leading its own global-scale event, this is a coming of age for the Mineski-Events Team.

From Ulrich Schulze, ESL Vice President Pro Gaming - Business & Strategy

"We've had a great experience working with Mineski on the region's largest esports event in 2016, when we hosted the first Dota 2 competition at ESL One Manila. I'm confident that their experience, knowledge and passion for esports is going to be a solid base to build an outstanding event on. We're excited to see what they will come up with, and we're looking forward to bringing more ESL events to Manila in the coming years."

From Marlon Marcelo Mineski Franchise Corporation VP for Marketing, and MET Department Head:

"MET has always been ready. As the most experienced and professional organizing team in the Philippines, we rose to meet the challenges posted by ESL the past few years and we have grown even more since then. We're excited to put into action everything we've learned in order to put the Philippines on the map. We are very thankful for the Filipino fans -- this could never have happened without their passion and energy for esports."


Making true of its claim of showcasing the very best teams in the world, the Manila Masters is proud to reveal Evil Geniuses, as the very first team to confirm their invitation. The boys in blue will be flying out to Manila this May, looking to add yet another prestigious trophy to their ever-growling cabinet of awards.

Four more direct invites, as well as numerous qualifier details are set to be announced down the line, so make sure to keep an eye out for that.

Tickets are set to go on sale next Friday, February 24, at SM Tickets, so watch out for that. Start saving up now because with this, the Philippines will truly become one of the Dota 2 captials of the world.

For more information regarding the event please visit the official Masters website.

Mineski Events Team (MET) is highly acclaimed for its reputation in organizing premier electronic sports events in South East Asia. Starting as a small-scale event organizer in Philippines and Malaysia, the MET has since become one of the biggest ESports event organizers in the region. After strengthening its local presence in the Philippines by handling numerous acclaimed tournaments, the group successfully expanded overseas and established bases in Malaysia and Thailand.

On top of the Mineski Pro-Gaming League which it hosts annually, some of MET's biggest projects include ESL One Manila 2016, Malaysia Cyber Games 2015, Hearthstone Major: Singapore, the SEA Championships held in the Selangor Cyber Games as well as the 2016 ASUS ROG Masters.

ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world’s largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).