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For Immediate Release
ASUS Built Bridges and Expanded eSports Community with First ROG MASTERS Tournament 2016
Taipei, Taiwan – 14th December 2016 - ASUS’ debut tournament ROG MASTERS 2016 finished in mid-November to the thunderous applause of 3,000 spectators, who filled the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Following six weeks of regional online qualifiers, the Grand Finals brought together 20 Dota 2 and CS:GO teams from all across Asia, Oceania and the Middle East in an event streamed to over 430,000 people.
|These days, of course, gathering eSports teams of all nationalities under one roof is not breaking new ground. But ASUS went further in successfully starting to bridge the divide between the eSports echelons, with “the spirit of letting young gamers have a chance – a platform – to rise and to shine,” in the words of ASUS APAC General Manager Rex Lee.
Over the course of September and October, five regional online qualifiers – all of them watched by between 35,000 and 65,000 people – made a space for rookies to show their home crowds their best, and in the offline playoffs big hitters like Fnatic and Team Secret faced semiprofessionals from India, China and Australia. And throughout the whole tournament, analysis and commentary came from respected casters such as Toby “TobiWan” Dawson and Iain “SnypeR” Turner.
||Grand Finals host, legendary personality and veteran caster Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, explained, “The biggest question we’ve got in eSports right now is ‘where does the next set of talent come from?’… the only way you’re gonna empower those people is to give them experience of eSports. So, these kinds of tournaments are really important in my opinion: you allow the grassroots – the casuals, the amateurs, the semiprofessionals – to come and experience the same thing as the pros do… it solves that catch-22.”
As well as giving talented teams a platform, ROG MASTERS was designed to level the playing field between regions. CS:GO player Love “havoK” Paris, of Risky Gaming, spoke to the Republic of Gamers about the problems ping poses to his home eSports scene. He praised ASUS for the tournament’s format and reach, which evened things up with its best-of-3 basis, regional online structure, and heavy emphasis on offline competition.
And this is the Republic of Gamers mission: bringing enthusiast gamers together under one roof, creating conditions where shared passions and blistering competition can truly inspire and push players and communities to new heights. ROG MASTERS 2016 was a resounding success for giving a global eSports platform to players, teams, and even nations that are striving to get into the game.
“If we’re gonna be a truly global sport, and taken seriously as a global entity, we have to involve all regions and all continents,” continued ReDeYe, “So, if ASUS are gonna spread this out, I would welcome that.”
Download all images: ROG MASTERS 2016 Digital Press Kit (14 MB)
About ROG MASTERS
ROG MASTERS is a brand new eSports event. Exclusive created to Asia and Oceania, the tournament is devoted to finding the undiscovered talent from across the region and giving those players the recognition their skills deserve. It is for the competitive up and comers. It is for the skillful and the ambitious. It is for you. On November 12th and 13th, the Offline Grand Finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will be the chance for aspiring pros to prove their ability to the world. The stakes are high: with 200,000 USD to play for and the world watching, this is the chance to launch a career.
For years since its establishment, ASUS aimed to put an ever-greater emphasis on PC gaming. This process resulted in the 2006 founding of the Republic of Gamers brand (ROG), formed for the sole purpose of delivering the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers. Since then, the efforts of the ROG team have led to a constant flow of PC gaming technology that has become legendary among enthusiasts for its performance. ROG is more than just hardware, though – we take an active part in the global gaming community, helping develop the industry by sponsoring events such as PAX and DreamHack. Worldwide media have recognized ROG as a leader in PC gaming and overclocking performance, with many of our products winning awards and gaining very positive feedback from hardware pros. With this great response from gamers and the industry, ROG has all the resources it needs to keep working on enabling even better experiences – technology never sleeps, nor should the action!
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