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NYC gaming event a diamond in the rough

Team Secret's captain, Clement "Puppey" Ivanov, holds up the Nanyang Dota 2 Championships trophy after their victory.
Team Secret's captain, Clement "Puppey" Ivanov, holds up the Nanyang Dota 2 Championships trophy after their victory.PHOTO: NANYANG DOTA 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Nanyang Dota 2 Championships (NYC) drew to a close on Sunday, after a week-long run at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The inaugural championships in Singapore were a milestone Dota 2 tournament for South-east Asia. The team-based strategy gaming event here boasted an unprecedented prize pool of almost US$220,000 (S$308,000), 10 top-tier teams in attendance, and an all-star line-up of commentators and hosts.

The second-, third- and fourth-placed teams at this year's The International in Seattle, the United States - the biggest Dota 2 tournament with a prize pool of over US$18 million - flew in to compete. Casters such as Ben "Merlini" Wu and David "LD" Gorman, who provided commentary for The International, also flew in to lend their voice for the games here.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2015, with the headline 'NYC gaming event a diamond in the rough'. Print Edition | Subscribe