It is quite rare for a popular MOBA game to be adapted to an animated series, let alone a Netflix original. The captivating world of video games finally bled into the world of animated series. It is only a matter of time before a live-action series or a feature film will be made adapted from a MOBA game, after all, Warcraft is a success.
We are talking about the latest trending series on Netflix that permeate Southeast Asia especially Singapore and the Philippines. The Netflix offering DOTA series was recently featured in the Top 10 list on Netflix in a few countries and fans of the game clamor for its success.
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood is an epic fantasy series that is adapted from Dota 2 which is the sequel to the Valve MOBA video game DoTA. The series was co-produced by Studio Mirr with Kaiju Boulevard and Ashley Miller served as an executive producer. The series was directed by the duo Park So Young and Kim Eeui Jeong.
The series premiered on the streaming platform Netflix on March 25, 2021, and it is composed of 8 episodes each with a running time of 28 minutes. The series features a hybrid of traditional Japanese anime with American-style animated series.
The main protagonist was voiced by Yuri Lowenthal who also voiced Uchiha Sasuke in Naruto and Ben Tennyson in Ben10. The female lead was voiced by Lara Pulver known for Irene in BBC’s TV series Sherlock opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.
The series followed a young Dragon Knight named Davion on his quest to save the world from an evil entity called Terrorblade. Davion has enmity with dragons because it is the cause of his family’s demise. Davion also encountered a princess named Mirana and a feisty dragon called Slyrak.
Top 1 on Netflix in a few countries
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood landed on the Top 10 Most-Watched Shows on Netflix from March 26 to March 28, 2021. The series also became number 1 in the following countries: Serbia, Ukraine, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Russia, Peru, and the Philippines. While it yielded number 2 nad 3 in the following countries: Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia.
The show also rated 8.5/10 on IMDB, a ranking platform with its 5,000 reviews. The series was a successful venture and it attracted viewers on Netflix as well as the fans of the MOBA game. The success of the series creates a discussion among fans to hope for Netflix to adapt other MOBA games as well.
Best Esport in Singapore
Dota 2 remains the most popular game in Singapore and it is continuing to amass great wealth and acclaim among fans of the platform. The top Esport teams continue to rise with massive earnings of million Singaporean dollars with the likes of Team Zenith, Scythe Gaming, and Team Faceless.
Dota 2 along with other Esports continue to endure for the next few years in Singapore. Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong along with the government continues to promote the sport because it is popular among Millennials and Gen Z.
Today, MOBA games are not only a pastime of bored kids but a competitive sport that helps participants to master the art of focus and strategy. This industry will continue to strive in twine with the development of new technologies that makes the games more immersive like Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Dota 2 along with other MOBA games will continue to evolve and adapt to the new normal. Efforts to adapt the story of these games from gaming platforms to small screens are astounding and it may bleed into other forms of asiaone media in the future. As fans will always say, let’s hope for the best.