Statement on the future of Fnatic and DOTA 2
We are immensely proud looking back at our now decade-long journey in DOTA 2. We set out an initial goal of entering South East Asia by building a leading team that could go up against the best in the world, channelling the enormous amount of passion and skill that exists in the region. We put our hearts and heads into standing locally and contributing, at least a small part, in helping level up the esports infrastructure, something we feel confident we achieved.
Our presence in DOTA 2 allowed us to showcase our competitive drive, high performance and industry-defining brand, which in turn helped us build a passionate and dedicated fanbase for Fnatic in the region.
Recently we have been forced to reflect on the sustainability and future of the title for Fnatic, and ultimately, to make a difficult but necessary decision to temporarily withdraw from the DOTA 2 pro circuit. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the players, staff, and members who have been a part of this incredible journey, alongside our incredible fanbase who have made our journey in the SEA region so special.
It feels like yesterday I jumped on a flight to Malaysia with the mission to get Fnatic back into competitive DOTA2, this time with a SEA team to kick-off our regional expansion in one of the fastest growing markets.
8 years later, we look back at some amazing moments with several iconic iterations of Fnatic DOTA that delivered on our ambition to become a regional leader, and one that can fight among the best teams internationally.
More than the endless buybacks, backdoors, rampages and epic sports moment we can look back at, I'll humbly remember the people that made this all possible - as well as the amazing support the SEA fans showed us.
Special shoutouts to Eric, Pao, Rocelle, Sunbhie, Mushi, Ohaiyo, DJ and Neil who all gave more than their all to our project, and helped guide a lost foreigner and amateur (but passionate) MOBA enthusiast to establish a SEA powerhouse in DOTA.
As we now turn page and take a temporarily step away from DOTA, I want to wish the players and staff the best of luck in your #RoadToTI12.
Patrik Sättermon (Chief Gaming Officer, Fnatic)
We are working hard to source a new home for our existing Dota players and staff before formally leaving the DPC Tour 2023. The current roster will continue to represent Fnatic through the ongoing BTS Pro Series, after which we will support each of them as they explore their next steps in their careers. DJ, the longest serving member of the squad and Team Director Pao said the following on our departure:
Sobra ang aking pasasalamat sa tulong at opportunity na naibigay sa akin ng Fnatic nitong nakalipas na 8 taon. Proud ako na naging kabilang ako sa isa sa mga pinakamagaling na esports orgs sa buong mundo. Napakalalim ng naging impact ng Fnatic sa buong buhay ko.
I will always be thankful for the opportunity and support given to me by Fnatic for the past 8 years. It’s my pride and joy to be part of one of the best esports organisations in the world. For me, Fnatic will always be an important part of my life and I wish them nothing but good luck for their future endeavours.
Hindi biro ang naging tulong at suportang naibigay ng Fnatic, lalo na sa mga panahon kung saan ang ibang mga organisation ay matagal ng sumuko. Nakakalungkot na hanggang dito nalang muna magtatapos ang kabanata, pero natutuwa parin ako, ang staff at ang mga manlalaro ng koponan sa mga naging alaala. Hanggang sa muli, Fnatic.
Fnatic’s support, especially in times where others would have long since given up, is no joke. It is sad that our chapter ends here, but I, along with the players and staff, are happy for all the memories. Until next time, Fnatic.
Pao (Team Director)
Thank you Gabbi, Armel, kpii, DJ, & Jaunuel for representing us throughout. We are proud and grateful to be part of your journey and we wish you luck in your next endeavours.
Once Fnatic, #AlwaysFnatic.