The annual Mountain Dew: Dew Challenge is taking a fresh approach this year. The 2015 Dew Challenge, which traditionally hosts extreme sports challenges, is shaking things up in the digital world by hosting Malaysia’s largest-ever amateur Dota 2 tournament which will begin this month.
With a total prize pool of over RM180,000, Mountain Dew Malaysia is set to be one of the biggest catalysts in the eSports scene this year, after Fallout Gaming’s high-profile Major All Stars Dota 2 tournament. With an estimated 1.5 million Dota 2 players in Malaysia alone, it is more of a surprise that competitive gaming in Malaysia has not taken off earlier.
The Dew Challenge Dota 2 tournament will be split into two categories: a “Regional” challenge (held in Johor, Penang, Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur & Selangor) and a two-stage College/University competition. The organisers are estimating a total 1,120 participants from 224 teams are expected to take part in the “Regional” challenge, while more than 640 students from 16 colleges and universities nationwide will battle it out in the College/University challenge.
Qualifiers will take place from 31 October 2015 for the Regional challenge, with registrations already open; registrations for the College/University challenge is set to open soon. Eight teams will then square it out for a piece of the prize pool in the Grand Finale on 5-6 December 2015.
As this is an amateur-only tournament, the organisers state that virtually anyone can take part in this challenge, with the exception of local Dota 2 professional teams and anyone who has played in a major tournament featuring a prize pool of RM20,000 or more.