ESforce Holding has taken leading positions in the world of esports after winning two world championships in the two most popular esports disciplines, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Two esports teams which are part of ESforce Holding’s assets, Virtus.pro and SK Gaming, have won international championships: ESL One Hamburg and EPICENTER Saint Petersburg.
The finals of EPICENTER 2017, an international CS:GO tournament, ended on October 29. The two strongest teams, Virtus.pro and SK Gaming, faced off in the grand final. After an intense series that lasted over six hours, the victory went to SK Gaming. Besides the coveted title and the champion’s trophy cup, SK Gaming earned $250,000.
This year, St Petersburg hosted EPICENTER for the first time. Tickets to the tournament’s finals were sold out, and concurrent stream viewership broke all records for commercial tournaments, at 740,000 people; the total number of Epicenter tournament views exceeded 30 million.
Also on October 29, Virtus.pro’s Dota 2 roster defeated Team Secret 2-0 in the final of ESL One Hamburg, scoring its first victory in a Major tournament and earning the title of world champion with a prize of $500,000. Winning ESL One Hamburg 2017 gave Virtus.pro the highest number of Dota Pro Circuit points, placing the team closest to a direct invite to The International 2018, to which eight teams with the highest number of points will be invited. The tournament’s MVP was also a Virtus.pro player, Alexey “Solo” Berezin. He is to receive a Mercedes-Benz as a reward from Electronic Sports League.
Anton Cherepennikov, ESforce Holding co-owner, said, “Yet again, Virtus.pro and SK Gaming have shown the world some incredible play. I’m proud of the teams as a hole and of each individual player, and am looking forward to further games in this season. I’m sure the guys will amaze us on yet more occasions.”
In October 2015, Alisher Usmanov’s fund USM Holdings invested $100 million into Virtus.pro, which went on to form the basis for ESforce Holding, whose assets, by 2016, included the esports organization SK Gaming.
ESforce Holding is one of the world’s largest esports organizations, and the leader in electronic sports in Russia. ESforce is a holding company that integrates all key areas of the esports business, from organizing international tournaments and professional content creation to publishing and advertising activities, as well as online retail sales of eSports-themed merchandise.
ESforce owns over 180 popular online resources with a combined audience of 16 million followers and 96 million annual unique visitors, which provide an 80-percent reach to esports broadcast viewers in Russia and the CIS, as well as access to a significant share of relevant international audiences.
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