The Great Britain women’s Dota 2 team have secured a second-place finish at the Global Esports Games (GEG) 2021 medal event in Singapore.
They beat Mongolia 2-0 in the semi-finals before going up against host country Singapore in the grand final, on the main stage. They went 1-0 up but Singapore managed to win two games back-to-back (including a 70+ minute game three), giving them the gold and Great Britain the silver.
Great Britain player Bellemiku commented: “From where we started in the beginning, I am so proud of how far we have come. We prepared for the matches to the best of our ability and our series vs Mongolia and Singapore showed that.
“We went into the finals with low expectations and winning that first match felt amazing, it’s a shame we couldn’t close out the series but the final 80-minute match just displays how close it really was. I’m very excited to see more opportunities like this in the future!”
Earlier this year the British Esports Association selected the 2021 teams to represent Great Britain for this year’s Global Esports Games 2021 in Singapore.
Teams from more than 80 countries competed last weekend from December 17th to 19th 2021 at a medal event which didn’t include prize money. The 2021 games had tournaments in Street Fighter V, Dota 2 Open, Dota 2 Women and eFootball PES.
The Great Britain Dota 2 Open team (separate to the women’s team) fell 2-0 in the semi-finals to Singapore, while eFootball PES player MrMyClub1 (representing team Great Britain and Northern Ireland) beat Hungary, but fell to Montenegro and Libya.
Then, in Street Fighter V, London-based Kim-Philippe Ruddy ‘The4Phillz’ Badiabio fell 3-1 in the semi-finals against Chinese Taipei.
In Street Fighter, UK fighting game legend Ryan Hart was been appointed by the British Esports Association to aid in the selection process for the game.
Overall, the Great Britain teams were led by Vexed Gaming’s chief gaming officer, Mark Weller.
Team manager Mark Weller commented: “Closing out the first Global Esports Games with a silver medal and two close fourth-place finishes is a fantastic start for what could be a strong national programme.
“Our journey to Singapore was met with many struggles, but I feel we are building the foundations of something truly fantastic with your GB esports roster. I think we can walk away proud, showing that Great Britain is home to some exceptional talent and I look forward to building on these foundations we laid in 2021.”
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.