Singapore-based esports organization Reality Rift is making its official debut into Dota 2, with a new squad featuring familiar names from Southeast Asia.

Russian founders, Ilya Vlasov and Ilya Slavin, said in a Reddit post that the squad will feature veteran Singapore players Lee “kYxY” Kong Yang and Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih, as well as up-and-comers Singaporean Lukman “Luk” Yusoff Nooraznan, Malaysia’s Hiew “Alacrity” Teck Yoong, and Cedric “gk” Jay L. Paches from the Philippines.

Besides the announcement, co-founder Vlasov also shared how he and Slavin want to improve the esports scene with this team, which includes putting together in-house production capabilities, building an active community, and possibly opening a gaming venue later on.

The immediate goal for Reality Rift now is to compete in the ESL MYSG Championship and work towards getting a spot on the upcoming The International 2019 in Shanghai. If they don’t qualify for TI, Vlasov confirmed that it will not have any impact on the team.

“If nothing extraordinary happens, the team will have at least six months of our support. We don’t believe that anything solid can be built in a shorter period. And yes, we put our commitments in contracts with players,” wrote Vlasov.

“The team will keep playing even if we lose in the first round of open qualifiers for this TI. Of course, I will be happy if the guys perform well [instead].”

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