Like back when SC2 fans were excited over an NBA player ‘came out’ and said he enjoyed playing SC2, in Asia Dota2 is gradually hitting a sort of celebrity status as well. Except, well, the big names are a bit bigger in terms of following. Read on to find out more.
And of course, there was the iG party thrown by iG’s rich owners, which attracted rich and powerful people from all over: http://dota2.sgamer.com/albums/201209/7804_318406.html —- http://www.reddit.com/r/DotA2/comments/zp215/billionaire_owner_of_ig_throws_party_in/
A year ago, it was reported that mega-famous Chinese pop star JJ Lin (has 15 million followers on weibo, household name in Asia), and fellow singer Cao Ge had revealed on their Weibo accounts that they enjoy passing time by playing Dota and Starcraft 2, for a time piquing the interest and excitement of many Chinese fans. Now, Dota’s successor Dota2 approaches open beta, the question becomes whether or not these stars will move on to the embrace of Dota2?
Reality is just so, as in [late August] JJ Lin posted a picture to his weibo, with the invitation “Fellow otaku [nerd/recluse], let’s play!”, with the image clearly being a screenshot of Dota2 featuring Templar Assassin, Juggernaut, and Luna.
Commentator Haitao then quipped, “Please add me, I’ll buy the chick, sentries, and gem, I’ll give you the lane, creeps, and kills!!”. And following that, famous international snooker player Ding Junhui replied, “I’ve got it downloaded too, after training when I get home, I’ll otaku [nerd/recluse it up] too!”
It would seem that the magic of Dota2 isn’t limited to only us normal gamers, these superstars have also been wrapped in! In some match in the future, it could be one of them you’re playing with~
Now Dota2’s popularity is growing immensely, with stars and famous people from all over joining the ranks, using Dota2 as their relaxation in their off time. Bigshots from all sides are paying attention to Dota2, clearly it is a game of wide appeal. Not only do normal fans love it, the rich and powerful and famous are asking for invites too! After TI2, especially, the whole world has been taken by another wave of invite begging. Recently, a certain Beijing Guoan (Beijing’s top tier professional football/soccer team) player asking for invites further proved all of this!