For the Chinese readers out there, it probably won’t be long before you start seeing low-level tournaments near you...
Mar 10, 2019
For the Chinese readers out there, it probably won’t be long before you start seeing low-level tournaments near you. Tencent, who are the complete owners of Riot Games and, by extension, League of Legends, have recently been ramping up their efforts in cultivating the local esports scene by holding more tournaments for lower level teams. To this end, Riot Games have received the full support of local governments.
China in Full Support of Local Esports Tournaments
According to Blooloop, local governments have expressed their willingness to support Tencent’s plan on hosting more local tournaments in China. For Tencent, esports tournaments aren’t just a way to generate revenue. To them, it’s also a chance to extend the lifespan of their games, which, in this case, is the hit MOBA title, League of Legends
Konami Begins Construction of Esports Center in Tokyo
In other news, Konami, a Japanese entertainment and gaming conglomerate, have already begun construction of an esports center in Tokyo to try and capitalize on the country’s growing interest in esports. According to Gamesindustry.biz, Konami’s new 12-storey building, which will have an underground floor, will be located in Ginza, one of Tokyo’s top shopping districts. Once complete, the all-new esports center will have everything an esports fan will ever need. This includes an esports arena to host events in, as well as various shops for video game merchandise, as well as hardware. The building is also reportedly set to have esports classes to help educate those who are interested in knowing more about this growing industry.According to recent reports, Konami’s esports center will finish construction right around the same time as the start of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Say Hello to the PEL
PUBG Corp. aren't just going to let themselves fall behind as well as they recently announced the start of the PUBG Europe League. The newest league for the hit battle royale game will kick off on March 21 and feature 16 teams from Europe, Middle East, and Africa, competing against each other over three phases, with the top teams advancing to the first phase, the FACEIT Global Summit later in April in London. FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic will run from April 16 to 21 and will feature a $400,000 prize pool. Two more phases will follow, after which, the best teams will receive an invitation to compete at the PUBG Global Championship later in November of 2019 for up to $2 million in prize money. Here is a complete list of all the teams who will be playing at the PEL:
Middle-east & Africa
- Digital Athletics
- CrowCrowd- M19- Jokers - Red Diamonds- Natus Vincere (Na'Vi)
- FaZe Clan- Ence- Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP)- G2 - RYE Gaming- Pittsburgh Knights - Team SoloMid (TSM)- Team Liquid- Winstrike- Team Vitality