The British women’s Dota 2 team secured second place at the Global Esports Games (GEG) in Singapore in 2021.
They beat Mongolia 2-0 in the semi-finals before facing host nation Singapore in the grand final on the main stage. They took a 1-0 lead but Singapore managed to win two games in a row (including one over 70-minute game three), earning them gold and Great Britain silver.
British player Bellemiku commented: “From where we started, I am so proud of how far we have come. We did our best to prepare for the games and our series against Mongolia and Singapore showed that.
“We went into the final with low expectations and winning the first game felt great. It’s a shame we couldn’t complete the series, but the final 80-minute game just shows how close it really was. I am very happy to see more such opportunities in the future! “
Earlier this year the British Esports Association selected the 2021 teams to represent the UK at this year’s Global Esports Games 2021 in Singapore.
Teams from more than 80 countries competed against each other in a medal event without prize money last weekend from December 17 to 19, 2021. The 2021 Games had tournaments in Street Fighter V, Dota 2 Open, Dota 2 Women, and eFootball PES.
The British Dota 2 Open team (separate from the women’s team) lost 2-0 to Singapore in the semi-finals, while eFootball PES player MrMyClub1 (representing team Great Britain and Northern Ireland) defeated Hungary but fell to Montenegro and Libya.
Then, in Street Fighter V, Kim-Philippe Ruddy ‘The4Phillz’ Badiabio from London lost 3-1 in the semifinals against Chinese Taipei.
In Street Fighter, British combat game legend Ryan Hart was appointed by the British Esports Association to aid in the game’s selection process.
Overall, the UK teams were led by Mark Weller, Vexed Gaming’s Chief Gaming Officer.
Team manager Mark Weller commented: “The conclusion of the first Global Esports Games with a silver medal and two close fourth places is a fantastic start to a possibly strong national program.
“Our trip to Singapore was fraught with difficulties, but I feel like with your UK esports list we are laying the groundwork for something really awesome. I think we can proudly go home and show that the UK is home to some exceptional talent and I look forward to building on this foundation that we laid in 2021. “
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University in 2007 with a 2: 1 degree in multi-media journalism.
A longtime gamer who first picked up the NES controller in the late 1980s, he has written for a number of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV, Riot Games and others. He worked as Head of Content for the British Esports Association until February 2021 before returning full-time to Esports News UK and as an Esports consultant helping brands and companies better understand the industry.