Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021: Here's What You Need to Know
Riot Games’ inaugural League of Legends: Wild Rift Southeast Asia (SEA) Championship 2021 is scheduled to kick off on 14th Sept 2021. In partnership with one of the prominent esports organizers in the region, ESL Asia, the Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021 will see 21 of the SEA region’s top-performing Wild Rift teams from nine countries competing for the bragging rights of being the first Wild Rift SEA champions. The crowned champions of the Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021 will also have the honor of participating in the upcoming Wild Rift World Championship 2021 which will be held in December 2021.
Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021: Why is it so Hyped?
In partnership with ESL Asia, the opens its doors to 21 Wild Rift teams from nine countries and territories, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oceania, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The qualified teams have proven themselves worthy through the Wild Rift SEA Icon Series: Fall Season and will be competing for the lion’s share of the $200,000 USD prize pool.
During the official press conference for the Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021, head of esports at Riot Games Southeast Asia, Chris Tran believes that this esports event will serve as a breeding ground for the current and next generation of Wild Rift pro players. He said that “over the past 5 months, we have over 800 teams participate to be counted as among the top teams in the region. So, we're super excited to not only just have this event but also to provide a platform to nurture and develop talent.”
Leo Faria, Global Head of Wild Rift Esports at Riot Games also commented on Wild Rift esports’ journey thus far. He said, “We intend for Wild Rift esports to be Riot’s first truly global mobile esports. 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.”
Mobile esports has been gaining increasing recognition, especially in SEA. Countries are starting to take notice of the potential of mobile esports and organizations and brands have started investing in the development of such industry. With Wild Rift joining into the trend, Riot Games aims to make it sustainable and independent of its PC counterpart, League of Legends.
Teams competing in the Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021
Here are the teams that are set to be competing in the Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021
Group Stage teams:
EVOS Esports TH
Buriram United Esports
Looking For Daddy
Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021 schedule
The tournament will have three stages. The first stage will be the play-ins followed by the group stage and finally, the playoffs which will determine the champions of the esport event.
Here are the format and schedule of the three stages of the esports event;
Stage 1 - Play-Ins: 14th - 19th Sept 2021
Stage 2 - Group Stages: 23rd - 26th Sept 2021
Stage 3 - Main Event: 30th September - 3rd Oct 2021
Where to watch the Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021
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 its partners’ broadcast channels:
It will be interesting to see who will rise to the top and claim the first championship title of the Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021.