ASEAN announces INR 1 Crore eSports tournament for Southeast Asian Gamers

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In what could be seen as another milestone for eSports here in Southeast Asia, eSports Malaysia, in partnership with the Malaysian Ministry Youth & Sports, Ministry of Communications & Multimedia, and Ministry of Higher Education, will host the ASEAN Games for eSports (AGES) 2016.

Featuring a INR 10,000,000 (1,000,000 RMB) prize pool, the tournament will feature gamers from all over the region. In comparison, Major-All Stars (MAS) Southeast Asia only featured $112,000 (P5.25 million) in prizes.

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The event will be held from March 18-20, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, with Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and FIFA ’16 being the official titles to be played. Registration will begin in approximately two weeks after the Chinese New Year.

AGES 2016 is a part of an initiative by various eSports organizations from all over the SEA region in cooperation with ASEAN, which include the Philippine eSports Organization (PeSO).

India might have a strong opportunity by participating in this SEA-limited event, as Team Elunes made a strong impact in the International and Asian rankings in the DotA 2 scale. More information regarding this tournament will be revealed soon.

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