Clash Royale League finals head to Tokyo, Japan

Clash Royale developer Supercell announced today it will hold the World Finals for the first Clash Royale League in Tokyo, Japan on December 1st. The one-day event will take place at Japan’s Makuhari Messe convention centre which seats upwards of 7,000 spectators.

The inaugural Clash Royale League was officially announced earlier this year with a $1m (£783,000) prize pool attached to it. As the league began to form, prominent organisations in esports such as Cloud9, Team Liquid, Immortals, Team Dignitas, and 100Thieves all picked up teams to join the league.

The league consists of 44 teams total from five regions across the world: Europe, China, Asia, North America and Latin America. All regions play in weekly matches with the top teams advancing to the World Finals in December.

Chris Cho, Clash Royale League Commissioner said: “The Clash Royale League is such a global competition, and after hosting the World Finals for our individual competition last year in London, we can’t wait to bring CRL World Finals to our fans on the other side of the world in Japan. Japan was one of the top performing countries during this year’s CRL 20-win Challenge and has cultivated a burgeoning esports scene with both passionate top-level players and casual players. Fans around the world – whether at the live event in Tokyo or watching along from anywhere on their phones – should expect an amazing celebration of the highest level of Clash Royale gameplay.”

Supercell has also taken a unique approach to Clash Royale League match broadcasts by producing games completely in portrait mode. We spoke to Tim Ebner, Head of Esports at Supercell in August about the decision to cater fully to the mobile audience.

Esports Insider says: While Tokyo might not be the headquarters of Supercell (Helsinki, Finland) The Asian region is an ideal territory for catering to the mobile gaming audience. Supercell has pushed Clash Royale esports in the west with North America and Europe competing in Los Angeles, but this choice to hold the World Finals caters to the audience they know they have in the east.

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