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VALORANT Pacific Open kicks off with $20K prize pool

Ten teams from Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore will battle it out in the VALORANT Pacific Open for a prize pool of US$20,000.

Ten teams from Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore will battle it out in the VALORANT Pacific Open for a prize pool of US$20,000.

The qualifiers of the VALORANT Pacific Open will start on July 3. Winners from each qualifier will advance to the VALORANT Pacific Open Finals in mid-August.

Riot Games and Cyber Games Arena (CGA) have joined forces to host this series of regional tournaments. CGA is a leading esports event organizer from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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VALORANT SEA Invitational: Gaming for a good cause

Six teams of five prominent content creators and personalities each from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand will duke it out in the VALORANT SEA Invitational on  July 11.

Six teams of five prominent content creators and personalities each from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand will duke it out in the VALORANT SEA Invitational on July 11.

They are also gaming for a good cause. Riot Games Southeast Asia will donate US$10,000 to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. This will benefit projects working to prevent the pandemic’s spread. The VALORANT SEA Invitational will feature big names, including:

  • Luthfi Halimawan and Watchout Gaming (Indonesia)
  • GLOCOgaming and Ashley Gosiengfiao (Philippines)
  • Soloz and MasterRamen (Malaysia)
  • Sombrero and Afiz (Singapore)
  • Xargon and Hehe (Taiwan)
  • Xcrosz and Badness Gamer (Thailand)

“We are thrilled by the excitement surrounding VALORANT from our Southeast Asian players, whose response towards the game has exceeded our expectations. This charity invitational is an opportunity for us to unite players in the region through a shared passion for playing and watching the game, all in the name of a good cause. We look forward to bringing more such unique experiences to our players in the near future,” Chris Tran, Head of Esports for Riot Games SEA, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, said in a press statement.

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Kalaro esports platform to be launched in PH

Kalaro Software Architect Jun D. Lasco said the new platform aims to become the central hub for the fragmented esports industry.
Kalaro Software Architect Jun D. Lasco said the new platform aims to become the central hub for the fragmented esports industry.

A new esports platform and social networking app made by Filipinos for Filipinos will be launched in October. Called Kalaro, this platform aims to serve the needs of over 27 million gamers in the Philippines as the esports industry continues its tremendous growth in Southeast Asia.

Kalaro Software Architect Jun D. Lasco told Digital Life Asia that this central hub for esports entertainment and gaming tournaments seeks to address the pain points of esports athletes and brands.

“One of the main pain points is the fragmented esports industry, especially in Southeast Asia and similarly situated countries. This fragmentation and lack of order makes it extremely difficult to strengthen the industry’s full capacity. Some stakeholders consequently get the short end of the deal. For instance, player compensation and incentives, or brands not benefiting from their marketing investment,” Lasco said.

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eSportStars: Compete in esports, get cryptocurrency

A new platform called eSportStars is now open for pre-registration. Image credit: Kartz Media Works
Image credit: Kartz Media Works

Are you an esports athlete or fan? A new platform called eSportStars is now open for pre-registration. eSportStars aims to promote esports to a bigger audience by providing the chance to earn money through competitions and a cryptocurrency reward service.

eSportStars is a new service from TimeTicket GmbH, a wholly-owned Swiss subsidiary of Japan’s TimeTicket Inc. The platform is open to everyone, including professional esports players, fans, and players aiming to become professionals around the world.

Not only that, but also users will be rewarded with cryptocurrency for their competition results. That’s because this esports platform runs on TimeCoinProtocol, a blockchain and cryptocurrency project that TimeTicket GmbH is working on. The project is planning to issue a cryptocurrency called TimeCoin.

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Esports push for VALORANT starts with Ignition Series

fter the successful global launch of its highly anticipated 5v5 first-person tactical shooter, Riot Games will start its esports push for the game with the Ignition Series.

After the successful global launch of its highly anticipated 5v5 first-person tactical shooter VALORANT, Riot Games will start its esports push for the game with the Ignition Series.

The Ignition Series is the publisher’s first step to build a thriving esport around VALORANT. To produce the VALORANT Ignition Series, Riot Games has partnered with more than 20 esports organizations. This will allow it to create unique competitive events around the world.

“We’re thrilled to pull together the best from gaming and esports to deliver a program that will showcase VALORANT on a global scale,” Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Esports at Riot Games, said in a press statement