Two Malaysian eSports teams have made it to the Summer Super Cup, an international championship for multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) mobile game Wild Rift with a US$150,000 (RM620,850) prize pool.
Local teams Berjaya Dragons and Geek Fam were among 16 teams from eight different countries including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Summer Super Cup is the first regional championship for the 2021 Southeast Asia (SEA) Icon Series, organised by Riot Games, the studio behind MOBA League Of Legends and its mobile spin-off, Wild Rift.
Teams beat out 800 participants to make it to the Group Stage that ran from June 19 to 22. This is followed by the Playoffs held from June 25 to 27.
The Group Stage followed a double round-robin format, teams divided in four groups of four. The top three teams from each group will advance to the Playoffs to compete in a best-of-five series, single elimination format.
In the earlier qualifiers, the ESL Mobile Open 2021 Summer: Malaysia group stage, Berjaya Dragons came in first with a perfect 6-0 streak, also winning US$4,845 (RM20,082).
Runner up team Geek Fam, who lost to Berjaya Dragons 4-1 in the grand finals, still earned US$2,422 (RM10,039) in prize money.
Other qualifying teams included team MVP and QWQ from Hong Kong, Onic eSports and Bigetron Infinity from Indonesia, Amihan eSports and Team Secret from the Philippines, One Team and Flash Wolves from Taiwan, Evos eSports TH and Buriram United eSports from Thailand, Alliance and Impunity eSports from Singapore, plus SBTC eSports and Cerberus eSports from Vietnam.
Riot Games South-East Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau eSports head Chris Tran said he was excited to showcase the very best that South-East Asia has to offer, adding that “this tournament is an important step to establish our players and teams’ supremacy among the elite in the global eSports scene”.
The 2021 SEA Icon Series Summer Super Cup was presented by the Philippine Pro Gaming League (PPGL) and sponsored by smart device maker Oppo.