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Nexon to invest $1.7 million in Dota 2

By Samuel 'DarthBotto' Horton
Jun 13, 2013 03:32

ImageDota 2 in South Korea will kick off in the most spectacular fashion, as Nexon, the local distributor of the game, will invest 1.7 million USD into the competitive scene for the first year.

For several months now, it has been known that Dota 2 would be looking to expand into territories that the Dota franchise has been untouched in. Amongst these has been the South Korean market, where the number of teams and players have been sparse and the MOBA market having been monopolized by League of Legends already. The scales may be tipping more towards Dota 2 soon, however, as Nexon Co. Ltd., the South Korean publisher and distributor of the game, will be kicking off their service with the investment of 1.7 million USD into starter and amateur leagues.

This unexpected announcement was made at E3, where Nexon gave few details for what may be anticipated for this coming year of competitions. Launching in the fall of this year, Nexon's service will concentrate predominantly upon South Korean localization, but will allow for players everywhere to reap the benefits of the lag compensation and services. The first tournament will be an eight thousand dollar starter league with sign-up beginning today and running until the 23rd of June. The winning team will also be provided with travel and lodging to The International 2013, where they may attend as VIP spectators.

Erik Johnson, the director of Dota 2, provided a statement:
"Dota 2 is a phenomenal game with elements of strategy and competition that has already garnered much fame in North America and Europe. With the help of Nexon and its experience in the Korean market we hope to have great success."

With this astounding degree of support, there is a strong likelihood that a newfound South Korean competitive scene will appear within the next year and that there may be a South Korean presence at The International 2014.

Source: Reddit



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