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G2 Esports enters Dota 2, partnering with Invictus Gaming

G2 has officially entered Dota 2 esports, partnering with Invictus Gaming to create G2.iG Dota 2 team.

European organization G2 Esports has officially entered Dota 2 through a partnership with Chinese team Invictus Gaming. The new collaboration was announced on social media on the morning of Dec. 8, confirming rumor and teases that first emerged last month.

In a cinematic, noir-style video, G2 Esports heralded their entry into Dota 2 for the first time. The organization, which operates in CS2, Fortnite, iRacing, Hearthstone, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, VALORANT, and most notably, League of Legends, now enters its second MOBA with Dota 2.

G2 and iG team up

G2 Esports, originally known as Gamers 2, was co-founded by League of Legends pro Carlos "Ocelote" Rodríguez. Rodríguez stepped down from a position of CEO in September 2022 amid controversy over his association with radical media personality Andrew Tate. Subsequently, G2 Esports came under new management and has distanced itself from Rodríguez. G2 is one of the largest esports organizations in the world.

Invictus Gaming is a storied and respected Chinese organization which has existed since 2011. However, their results in the past few years have been limited amid a decline in Chinese Dota as a whole.

Last month, iG unveiled a new roster featuring Du "Monet" Peng, Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang, Thiay "JT-" Jun Wen, Ye "BoBoKa" Zhibiao, and Yap "xNova" Jian Wei. In their announcement post on social media, keen eyed fans noticed an eye that was suspiciously similar to the G2 logo at the bottom of the post.

This sparked rumors of an upcoming collaboration, however it was only confirmed today by social posts. In a post on his own social media, Jack “KBBQ” Chen revealed that he’d been working on this project since TI.

He joins the new partnered stack as team manager.

G2.iG will compete in ESL One Kuala Lumpur from Dec. 11. 

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