ESL Asia has revealed the details of the latest tournament for mobile-based MOBA Arena of Valor. Having partnered with Indofood, the Clash of Nations tournament will take place in Jakarta from 29th-31st March. The tournament has $50,000 (~£38,789) up for grabs, along with the title of best team in Southeast Asia.
The tournament will feature six teams in total, with four of them country based. Open qualifiers will be held on 23-24th February for Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia/Singapore representatives. The winners of those regional based tournaments will join the top two Arena of Valor teams from ESL Indonesia Championship at JIEXPO, Jakarta. Each team will be keen to prove themselves and their nation, as the best in Southeast Asia as well as a challenger to the dominant Chinese scene.
On the event, Senior Vice President of ESL Asia-Pacific Japan Nick Vanzetti stated he is “thrilled to bring a world-class event to local fans” that creates “opportunities to compete at every level, and the Clash of Nations is the pinnacle of that journey for many competitors.”
The Arena of Valor tournament stands alongside a host of events and attractions as part of ESL Clash of Nations, including the Indonesian National Championship for Dota 2, and community-based events such as pro player meet and greets.
Esports Insider says: The tournament is a boon for the region. Having Indofoods as a partner for this first competition is no insignificant achievement. Structured tournaments with investment from larger, non-endemic sponsors like Indofoods are an important step in growing local scenes. Mobile esports is not every region’s cup of tea, so events like this are key in signposting potential investors to what best fits SEA gamers. With a sizable range of gamers with diverse interests, Southeast Asia has tremendous room for future growth.