Level Infinite, the developer of mobile MOBA game Honor of Kings, has shared details about the upcoming invitational tournament series which is set to kick off the title’s global expansion.
The Honor of Kings Global Invitational Series will kick off with a $300,000 (£235,000) tournament in March 2024 in Istanbul, Turkey. The game will also be available in new markets on February 21st, including Middle East and South Asia.
Honor of Kings is the first mobile-only MOBA game, and one of the more popular mobile esports titles in China. The game is known for having two versions: a Chinese version, called Honor of Kings, and an international version called Arena of Valor. In early 2024, its developers Level Infinite and publisher Tencent announced a major esports investment aimed to drive global expansion of Honor of Kings.
The first event in the new calendar is the mentioned Intercontinental Invitational S1. Eight of the best teams from Brazil, Turkey, MENA and CIS regions will participate in the event. Competing teams will also get the chance to advance in the series which includes more invitational tournaments throughout the year.
In the summer of 2024, the Invitational MidSeason tournament will take place with a $1m (~£783,000) prize pool, and the season will end with the Honor of Kings Championship Invitational. Details about the locations of these tournaments were not disclosed.
Ahead of the Intercontinental Invitational S1 tournament, the game will be released on iOS and Android devices in several new regions: Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Eastern Europe and South Asia. In addition, more localised tournaments will be created in the new regions, all officially supported by the game’s developers.
It is still unclear whether this global expansion of Honor of Kings means that its Western counterpart, Arena of Valor, will close down.