As DashFight is partnering with WePlay Esports to cover the Dragon Temple later in December. We've reached out to the leaders behind the scenes to explore some of the decisions that led to the creation of the Dragon Temple tournament. The three individuals we have spoken with to get a better understanding of this event are James Banks, Project Consultant, Anton Gribovskiy, General Manager Americas at WePlay Esports and Maksym Bilonogov, WePlay Esports General Producer.
To start, WePlay Esports is best known for its Dota 2 and Counter-Strike events. They have been putting out incredible local events for years now. Therefore, they have the experience of running large-scale events, but none when it comes to fighting games yet. WePlay Dragon Temple will be the first entry into the scene for WePlay Esports. So, why jump in now, and what are the expectations?
James Banks: The discussion originally came from staff members within WePlay Esports actively having a passion for fighting games and playing them in their spare time. Then the question came up, "Could we make our own fighting game tournament?". I was then lucky enough to be asked by Eugene Shepelev, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay Esports, to get involved in the project and we noticed that FGC doesn't generally have large events like those you would see for Dota or Counter-Strike. We understand fighting games are very different from these other scenes. But we knew it has always been ripe for epic battles, a lot of hype moments, and one of the most passionate communities around. So we got the right people involved, we added some WePlay magic to it, we got our creative juices flowing, and created WePlay Dragon Temple!
Anton Gribovskiy: We at WePlay Esports are excited to enter the FGC. As everything new, it is a challenge and a valuable experience. We expect to learn a lot. It will be the first event in our brand new WePlay Esports Arena Kyiv. WePlay Dragon Temple is the first time that we are working with players and talents from FGC. We strive to learn from them, to find out what works best to please and entertain the passionate MK11 community. A lot of effort is placed on promoting the event, we're looking forward to working with influencers for their creative approach to joint content, etc.