The Electronic Sports League, more commonly known as ESL, has announced that in an effort to further develop the esports scene in South East Asia, they have opened a new regional office in Singapore.

For the uninitiated, ESL is an organizer of competitive gaming events, these events range from community events to pro matches with large prize pools. Some games in which ESL have organized tournaments for include, DoTA 2, Counter Strike Global Offensive, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, Hearthstone, and League of Legends.

ESL is not new to the South East Asian scene, having organized two major events in the SEA region, ESL One Manila 2016, and ESL One Genting 2017, and are looking to add more ESL One Dota 2 stand-alone events to the repertoire in 2018.

The Singapore offices will be led by Interim Chief Executive Officer at ESL SEA, Sebastian Radu, and aims to”help solidify ESL’s commitment to develop passionate esports communities around the world by giving them a platform to compete at the local level, as well as the chance to witness large-scale competitions.”

“ESL’s mission is to bring esports to every corner of the world, and create legendary esports moments wherever we go. With this strategic expansion, ESL is committing to bringing the best of esports to South East Asia, and to further build on the legacy left by the two successful mega events our company already held in Manila and Malaysia. We’re looking forward to future projects, events and partnerships that will bring us closer to this goal in our mission.”, said Mr Radu in the press release announcing the opening of the Singapore offices.

ESL’s CEO Ralf Reichert is excited by the prospect of building up grassroot tournaments in the region saying, “ESL is and always will be about building esports: for the athletes, the fans and the aspiring players. Our new regional office will set us up to bring even more global events and tournaments to the region, but more importantly: to help build the local esports communities through grassroots and local championships, which are fundamental to the growth of esports anywhere in the world.”.