National Dota 2 team Taring has signed a new deal that will see Orange Esports and Malaysia Cyber Games co-sponsoring the team. The signing ceremony also introduced Firdaus Hashim from E-Sukan as the newly appointed team advisor.
Taring – which is now known as Orange Taring – will receive RM175,000 under the sponsorship deal. Orange Esport are contributing RM75,000 towards this amount; while the rest will be funded by Malaysia Cyber Games. The sum will go towards paying the players salaries and maintenance of the dedicated training house in Johor Bahru.
Managing director of Orange Esport Frank Ng explained that the current goal of Taring is to break into the top three teams in the Asean region. The short term goal is to qualify for The International Dota 2 Championship 2016; which should be taking place at some point in August.
Ng believes that the current team has what it takes to be a major player in the international Dota 2 scene, although he admits that there is a lot of work to be done. Taring has had a run of disappointing results over the last few months, most recently failing to qualify for ESL One Frankfurt by succumbing to a 0 – 2 defeat to the Filipino Execration.
There is a long way to go before Taring will be ready for the big leagues, but that will not stop the Malaysian national team from trying to compete on the international scene.