Thursday, May 13, 2010

Garena Partners with Heroes of Newerth

Great news for the Dota genre!

According to GG.Mars of Garena:
We are very pleased to announce an official partnership with S2 Games to publish Heroes of Newerth in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines!

Heroes of Newerth is a multiplayer strategy game where two teams of up to five players each take a role of a special Hero. Each Hero has their own unique set of skills to complement other allied heroes along with AI-controlled armies with the objective to destroy the opponent team’s base. Game progression entails leveling up of heroes and gaining gold bounty to be able to equip the Heroes with items to make them more powerful.

Some of the unique features of Heroes of Newerth include the following:

* Dozens of playable Hero characters, over 100 items as well as regular content updates
* Client/Server Architecture eliminates lag, cheats and map hacking
* Leaver protection system prevents “leavers” from joining your games
* Quick reconnect feature allows you to jump right back into the game should you get disconnected
* In-game VOIP for fast and easy communication with teammates
* Game archives and replay support for all games played on official servers (players can rewind, slow down, fast forward, and otherwise pinpoint the exact part of a match that they wish to view)
* Built upon the proprietary K2 engine to deliver enhanced graphics while maintaining low system specs

We are happy to reveal that Heroes of Newerth under Garena will be completely free-to-play which means that gamers from Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines do not need to purchase paid accounts to enjoy the game.

We will be going Beta Testing Phase by the end of May. Garena Gold Members will be offered a chance to redeem a Beta Key immediately, while other beta keys will be given away through other community efforts.

We will have more updates regarding Heroes of Newerth for you very soon, so stay turned to the Garena Blog ( and don’t forget to visit our official Heroes of Newerth website at


1. What is Heroes of Newerth?

Heroes of Newerth is a multiplayer Dota Based Game (DBG) created by S2 Games. It is currently the most successful commercial game in the Dota genre.

2. Who can play on the Garena Heroes of Newerth servers?

Only gamers based in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines can play on Garena HoN Servers. Other countries in Asia such as Indonesia, Thailand or Taiwan will not be able to access Garena servers.

3. When can I start playing HoN on Garena?

We are tentatively targeting to launch the Garena HoN Beta Testing Phase by the end of May.

4. I used to play on the HoN US Server during beta, can I still retain my account and stats?

Garena is setting up new dedicated servers to offer our gamers an even better gaming experience, so you will need to sign up for a brand new account to enjoy the service. Unfortunately, due to this, we are unable to port over your accounts from HoN US servers.

5. Do I have to pay or buy anything to play HoN on Garena?

No, nothing at all! As mentioned above, HoN on Garena will be completely free to play. You would not need to purchase a paid account to play the game.

6. Is there any difference in gameplay, heroes or items between HoN Garena and the US Server?

No, everything about the game is the same. All heroes and items will be completely available for Garena users.

7. I am a Garena Gold Member, what benefits do I get in HoN?

Garena Gold Members will be offered a chance to redeem a Beta Key during the Beta Testing Phase for Heroes of Newerth. Gold Members also enjoy a special Gold Shield status in game.

8. I am a gamer in one of the four countries under Garena for HoN and I have already pre-purchased HoN from S2 Games, what should I do now?

We are presently working with S2 Games on the transition plan for gamers who have pre-purchased HoN from S2. Please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your HoN account name if you have pre-purchased a paid account and we will email you with further details shortly.

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