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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