Dota 2 Launching in South Korea Later This Year

Dota 2 is poised to enter the Asian markets starting out strong.

This may just be Dota 2's most exciting year yet. The game is expanding into China and South Korea later this year and this year's The International boasts the largest prize pool in eSports history, having passed the $2 million mark last month.

Dota 2 reached the Chinese market for the first time earlier this year as a beta, under publisher Perfect World Entertainment. Nexon is handling publishing in South Korea, where they can either log into the client directly or via Steam.

While Dota 2 will undoubtedly have an easier time in China due to the large DotA fanbase in the region, but breaking into the South Korean market will be more difficult. League of Legends, StarCraft 2, and a variety of MMOs are kings in the region.

In order to encourage the game's growth in Korea, Nexon will be starting up the Nexon Starter League and will be investing $1.63 million USD into the game's future as an eSport in the country.

Dota 2 will be seeing its Korean release in Autumn, sometime after this August's The International tournament.

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Ashley spends all her time playing games, cooking, and studying languages. It's a miracle she's not burned out on the whole thing after being a game addict since '89 (I'm old, deal with it). Classic annoying Sega kid, still hasn't let go of Sonic and prefers arcade-style games. Final Fantasy and SaGa rock whatever it is you like, chump.

Published Feb. 1st 2018

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