Jun 09, 2017 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

ROG Masters 2017 tournament pits professional esports teams against amateur players

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Esports isn't just for professionals who make a living playing their games of choice. The scene is filled with amateurs who aspire to reach the next level. ROG Masters 2017 gives them the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the best players on the big stage. We're running parallel CS:GO and Dota 2 tournaments that mix the top amateur and professional teams from across the globe. The competition culminates in separate grand finals for each game, with a $500,000 USD prize pool split between them.

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ROG Masters 2017 begins this month with open qualifiers in 30 countries. This round is meant for amateurs, and the top teams will advance to regional qualifiers divided by continent. The team that comes out ahead in each region will earn a berth in the next round, where they'll join a collection of professional teams vying for limited spots in the final round. Over 20 professional esports teams from around the world are slated to join the tournament for this phase.

Professionals and amateurs will do battle at the regional level to determine who gets a seat in the grand finals scheduled for November. Only six teams per game will advance to the last round of the competition: two each from the APAC and EMEA regions, one from the Americas, and one from China. Most would expect the pros to prevail, but the format provides a great opportunity for amateur teams to overcome the odds and surprise everyone.

Check out the ROG Masters 2017 site for more details on the tournament and the open qualifiers in your region. And hit the link below for the official press release. When the competition begins, you'll be able to stream the action live on this page. You can also follow ROG Masters on Twitter.

 

Press Release

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Masters 2017

Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament goes global, covering every country and offering a prize pool of US$500,000

KEY POINTS

  • ROG Masters 2017 is a global state-of-the-art esports tournament featuring over 20 top professional teams, along with aspiring amateur gamers
  • Four continental open qualifiers and 30 national qualifiers will start in May 2017, allowing entries from all corners of the globe
  • The Grand Finals will take place in November, 2017, with a prize pool of US$500,000. Find out more at http://www.rog-masters.com

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 31, 2017 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that the ROG Masters 2017 esports tournament will feature over 20 top professional teams from across the globe and offer a prize pool of US $500,000. The dual Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament has grown significantly in scale and ambition, and with this almost unprecedented reach, ROG Masters 2017 is set to raise the intensity of the competition and take the Dota 2 and CS:GO scene by storm.

Commencing in May 2017, teams from every corner of the globe will battle it out in a series of 30 country qualifiers and four regional qualifiers (EMEA, Americas, APAC, and China). The winners of these open qualifiers will then take on the might of invited professional teams from each of the four regions, fighting for a place in the Grand Finals in November, 2017.

ROG Marketing Director, Derek Yu, states: “For over a decade ROG has been committed to providing the most innovative hardware to gamers worldwide, and last year we offered the gaming community an opportunity to live their esports dream by launching the first-ever ROG Masters. Thanks to extremely positive feedback, ROG Masters returns this year as a global affair, inviting pro teams and amateur players from over over 30 countries across five continents.”

“We are not only proud of our commitment to creating the ultimate gaming experience with leading hardware and world-class esports tournaments, but also of our solid global network and local presence, which enables us to realize an esports event on such a scale. ROG Masters 2017 is a momentous milestone for  ROG and esports, and we are excited be part of the driving force for esports at large,” added Yu.

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About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers, and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.

About ROG Masters

ROG Masters is an esports tournament created for aspiring gamers everywhere. Now in its second year, it has grown into a global phenomenon after its first year being tailored to Asia and Oceania. ROG Masters aims to knit together the pro and grassroots tiers of gaming by combining open qualifiers with later stages that are heavy with invited teams, ensuring intense competition characterized by contact between community dark-horses and established veterans of the pro scene. The Grand Finals of ROG Masters 2017 will take place in November, with US$500,000 to play for and the world watching.

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