The Ministry of Win has announced that they will be producing a full-time e-sports show with the $1.3 million (4.0 million PLN) investment award they won one month ago from a Polish entrepreneurial competition.
In December 2012, the Polish business press company Puls Biznesu, in co-operation with the BBI Seed Fund, ran a contest to determine who the recipients of a substantial financial investment would be. The Ministry of Win made it through 144 other competing proposals to make it to the qualifying round of 11 finalists.
The group presented their project to an eight-person jury and were selected as one of the final five recipients for the funding, and the $1.3 million award to them was the largest prize issued.
The Ministry of Win intends to launch a new project known as Gamers LIVE, a 24/7 stream that will focus on the competition of two professional League of Legends teams. The teams will compete in seasons, which will be two to three months long, with $100,000 in prize money up for grabs in each. The competition and filming will all be done within the Ministry of Win gaming house in Warsaw, Poland.
With the shift in focus of the MoW house, MoW General Manager Maciej Krupowies confirmed to ESFI that the training facility will end its operations at the current house, but that there are plans to open another facility at a different house in the near future. BabyToss, Cube and Wilko are the only three players still living at the MoW house, and will be leaving by February 5th, which is when preparations for Gamers LIVE are set to begin.
“We have 4-5 months to prepare everything,” Krupowies said. “It will take this amount of time even if the gaming infrastructure is already there (PC’s, living conditions, etc.). We want to show a complete and shiny product.” The concept and initial infrastructure for the show has been in development since September.
The League of Legends competition has been the only game announced to be featured on the show, despite the gaming house being known as a StarCraft 2 training facility. Krupowies mentioned that tournaments for other games are a possibility, and that Dota 2 is a strong candidate.