Beyond the Summit

BTS in 2019

Seven years ago, on a quiet and snowy night in Philadelphia, I cast my first DOTA game ever. There was no crowd or fanfare. I didn’t know it at the time, but that cast was the first step in a journey that would change my life. By February 2013, barely one year later, all my bags were packed into a 2001 Toyota Sienna, and I drove west to California to start building BTS with Godz.
That first year was a trial by fire. Parker and I had no idea how to run a business. We just knew we loved DOTA. By December 2013, so much had changed. Merlini had moved out to join us, and we got our own house. For the next two years, that house was Beyond the Summit. Zyori and Kpoptosis joined, and together we made it work. We laughed, we cried, we cast, we hustled. In mid-2014, we launched the first Summit.
By fall 2015, we had successfully run three Summits from the house, and the series had become a beloved fixture of the DOTA 2 scene. After the third time of moving all our stuff in and out of the house and sleeping on floors and in closets, we realized we had outgrown the house. A few months later, we had a real office, a new house, and a much better view.
Over the last five years, we’ve run twenty Summits, covered hundreds of events, and produced thousands of live streams with tens of billions of minutes watched by millions of unique viewers around the globe. What began as a casual house event for the DOTA community has become an esports franchise connecting with amazing communities like Smash, CS, and the FGC.

Today marks the next step of a journey which began seven years ago on that snowy Philadelphia night. Today, we are proud to announce we are officially opening the doors to our new facilities in Los Angeles. With over 20,000 square feet of studio and office space dedicated to creating original content, this will be our new home for the next 5 years, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
Our incredible team has been hard at work getting everything ready for our 2019 events, and we really look forward to being able to share everything we have in store with you.
In another huge step for BTS, I am thrilled to announce we are leveling up our business development with Michelle Cheng joining us as our VP of Sales and Marketing. We are incredibly grateful for the core sponsors that have stuck with us throughout this journey, and we look forward to expanding our relationships with them and forging new relationships with new partners for years to come.
2019 will be a big year for us!
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Thanks to...

It’s been a wild ride and an amazing journey, and we couldn’t have done it alone. David and I are so grateful for the support we’ve received over the years. There are too many to thank, but I’ll try.

  • My lovely wife Nina, son Ayel, and the rest of my family for tolerating my workaholic tendencies. You have to be a little crazy to run a business in this industry, and they’ve always supported me through thick and thin
  • Lumi, for giving me my first shot at casting when nobody else would
  • Tuski_Atre, for casually dropping my name to Godz
  • Icefrog & Valve, for creating the game we all love and giving me my first shot at live casting with the International 2012
  • Winter, for opening my eyes to the strategic depth of DOTA
  • Merlini, for teaching me how to shotgun a beer like a college fratboy (and being a pretty damn good friend/roommate along the way)
  • Grace, for taking me to my first yoga/Pure Barre classes (it didn’t take) and always looking
  • mccormic, for the poop jokes and the late night heart to heart talks
  • Rob, for being the best doorman / bodyguard / driver / production intern / broadcast director / D& dungeonmaster / jack-of-all-trades a guy could ask for
  • Blitz, for all the Wingstop and always being there to listen
  • Purge, for tolerating our late-night casting shenanigans and not stabbing us in our sleep
  • Kpoptosis, for teaching me about the wild worlds of strategy board games and Alabama football and telling me to go to sleep at the first Summit
  • Greg, for always keeping it real, no matter how much of a prick he was about it
  • Zyori, for the dreads, the entrepreneurial spirit, and the memories
  • 2GD, for teaching us how to be less awkward and shit on camera
  • Bruno, for always keeping the show fun and creating the best memes
  • Shannon, for the surprises / delights, the full bellies, and the happy memories
  • The entire BTS family for inspiring me to wake up early, work hard, and love what I do every single day
  • Twitch, for supporting us from the very beginning and developing the platform that makes our entire business all possible
  • Monster, for keeping us caffeinated, hydrated, and always supporting everything we do
  • Sennheiser, for keeping our audio crisp and embracing our memey ways
  • The DOTA Community for believing in BTS from the very beginning and helping us live out our dreams

Happy little family