Riot Games will kick-start the inaugural League of Legends: Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021 on the 14th of September 2021. The online tournament will see 21 of the region’s best Wild Rift teams battle it out to be the first-ever Wild Rift SEA Champions.
The Wild Rift: SEA Championship 2021, organized in partnership with ESL Asia, marks a significant milestone in Riot’s quest to make Wild Rift its first true global mobile esport.
The participating teams come from 9 countries and territories across the region, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oceania, Taiwan and Hong Kong, all of whom will compete for a total prize pool of USD200,000. Each of the teams has qualified, following impressive performances at the Wild Rift SEA Icon Series: Fall Season.
Southeast Asia spearheaded Riot’s foray into mobile gaming and mobile esports, with the region being selected for the mobile title’s initial Regional Alpha and Open Beta phases. The Wild Rift SEA Icon Series was subsequently announced in February 2021 as the company’s first mobile esports league across the globe. Southeast Asia is the world’s fastest-growing region for mobile Internet penetration, with users spending three to five hours per day on their smartphones – more than any other user in the world.
Being mobile-first also means that mobile gaming is deeply ingrained in SEA’s youth culture. Close to 50% of consumers in SEA are believed to have played a mobile game on their phone on an app or website, and 80% of all gamers in the region are believed to play games on their mobile phones. This trend offers a great opportunity for the growth of mobile gaming esports and establishing the region as a global hub for mobile esports.
Speaking at Wild Rift: SEA Championship 2021 virtual press conference, Leo Faria, Global Head of Wild Rift Esports at Riot Games commented on Wild Rift esports’ journey thus far. He said, “We intend for Wild Rift esports to be Riot’s first truly global mobile esport. While we are still in the early stages of building out our newest sport, our progress in Southeast Asia sets the tone for what we want to achieve in other regions.
The Wild Rift: SEA Championship 2021 shines a spotlight on the incredible talent and passion of these Southeast Asian teams, and also sets a standard for how mobile esports can be viewed and enjoyed. We’re excited to bring this same player-focused strategy and high-quality productions to other mobile audiences around the world.”
The Wild Rift SEA Icon Series has accounted for close to 1,000 participating teams since the start of its league, with daily unique views peaking at 1.28 million during the Summer Super Cup. Wild Rift and its esport play a massive role in Riot’s growth strategy for Southeast Asia.
Commenting on Riot’s approach to the region, General Manager of Riot Games Southeast Asia and Taiwan, Justin Hulog said, “In the course of the past two years, Riot has released a slew of new games, such as Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, and League of Legends: Wild Rift, and also made meaningful strides into the entertainment, fashion, and music industries.
From the launch of our virtual pop band K/DA’s second EP and its partnerships with Uniqlo and Warner Music, to the upcoming release of Arcane, our Netflix animation series, later this year, we continue to seek new opportunities to delight and surprise our fans across the world. Esports plays a huge role in this strategy and is a key, golden opportunity for us here in mobile-first Southeast Asia. We have created a vision for this region to be Riot’s hub for mobile esports, and are proud to have been the first to roll out Wild Rift esports.”
Esports has also been gaining increasing recognition among the region’s governments, with more countries unlocking the potential of esports through economic investments and career development in youth. Esports was a medalled sport in both the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 SEA Games, and Wild Rift was announced earlier this year as a medal event for the next 2021 SEA Games.
21 of the best teams from the ongoing Wild Rift SEA Icon Series: Fall Season will qualify for the SEA Championship 2021. These teams will come from 9 regions across Southeast Asia – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oceania, Taiwan, and Hong Kong – and will be competing for a total prize pool of USD 200,000.
There will be 3 stages of the competition for the Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021:
- Stage 1 – Play-Ins: September 14 – 19, 2021
- Stage 2 – Group Stages: September 23 – 26, 2021
- Stage 3 – Main Event: September 30 – October 3, 2021
WHERE TO WATCH
The Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021 will be broadcasted in English, Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Thai, and Cantonese. Broadcasts will begin at 12:30 PM SGT, with the first match starting from 1:00 PM SGT. The matches will also be live on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube on Riot SEA’s official channels as well as on our partners’ broadcast channels:
- League of Legends: Wild Rift YouTube
- Riot Games Twitch
- League of Legends: Wild Rift Facebook
- ESL Asia Facebook
- ESL Mobile YouTube
- ESL Asia Twitch