Mobile MOBA Vainglory is making its way back home – kinda – when its second world championships takes place in Singapore from December 14 to 17. Set to be held at the Kallang Theatre, this is Vainglory’s return to the very country where its beta was first released. The World Championships 2017 will feature 12 teams from around to world fighting out for a US$140,000 prize pool, an increase of US$20,000 over last yea’rs prize pool, announced Vainglory creators Super Evil Megacorp.
Fans who wish to watch the event live can register for free tickets from http://vaingloryworlds2017.peatix.com/. Fans can also watch the competition live through Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, and Super Evil Megacorp say shoutcasters in four languages from around the world will also be there.
SINGAPORE’S TEAM IMPUNITY REPRESENT
Seven teams have already qualified for the finals, including Singapore’s very own Team Impunity who won the recent regional championships in Jakarta.
“We are elated at being able to challenge for the world title on our home soil, but will certainly be careful not to get carried away,” said Check Ho, coach of Team Impunity. “We are relishing the challenge of playing some of the best Vainglory teams around and hope that our performances will go some way in helping to show how far Singapore has come in esports.”
Team Impunity will be joined by defending champs Rox Armada from Korea, North America’s Cloud 9, Korea’s ACE Gaming, Indonesia’s Elite8, Japan’s DetonatioN Gaming and China’s Hunters. Remaining teams will continue to compete in their respective regional qualifiers to fight for one of remaining six seats.
“THE BIGGEST MOMENT IN VAINGLORY HISTORY”
“The 2017 Vainglory World Championship will not just be the pinnacle of our esports year; it will be arguably the biggest moment in Vainglory history,” said Super Evil Megacorp CEO Kristian Segerstrale. “Live on stage in Singapore, we will globally unveil Vainglory 5v5 in an epic showmatch, coinciding with a major in-game update. This moment will show, once again, that Vainglory is the most uncompromising, unapologetically core MOBA on touchscreens — and a game pushing the very boundaries of the mobile platform.”
“When deciding where to crown the World Champion and celebrate the rebirth of our game, we had to return to where it all began: The players in Singapore first in beta, and then widely Southeast Asia, embraced Vainglory before anyone else and paved the way for all the success that has followed,” added Segerstrale. “And as we embark on a new adventure with 5v5, Southeast Asia will once again be a central strategic and community focus. We intend to prove to MOBA players in SEA that Vainglory is the most-fun, best-performing 5v5 experience out there, and we look forward to working closely with the local communities to make it the best it can be.”
Vainglory is now played in more than 250 countries around the world, and has even featured in the recent Samsung Galaxy Note 8 keynote in New York earlier in September. Now, Vainglory is returning to where it first launched as a beta back in December 2013.
“In a way, we are bringing Vainglory back to its first home,” added Heini Vesander, Executive Producer, esports.