Weekly esports guide (27 January - 3 February): FSL returns after the Lunar New Year break

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We’re headed into February, and with the Lunar New Year passed, it means we can look forward to the next round of events on the esports calendar!

Female Esports League Circuit - Arena of Valor (Southeast Asia, Taiwan)

Female Esports League


Vietnam: 11-12 Jan

Taiwan: 18 Jan

Thailand: 1-2 Feb

Malaysia/Singapore/Philippines/Indonesia: 8-9 Feb

Venue: Online

Livestream: Watch it live on Yahoo TV

The FSL Circuit for Arena of Valor is back, featuring the best female players from Southeast Asia and Taiwan! The top teams of the tournament will face off in the Elite segment in Singapore this March. Be sure to catch all the action on Yahoo TV!

Female Esports League Circuit - League of Legends (Southeast Asia)


Vietnam: 4 Jan

Thailand: 18-19 Jan

Philippines: 1-2 Feb

Singapore/Malaysia/Indonesia: 15-16 Feb

Venue: Online

Livestream: Watch it live on Yahoo TV

The best female players in League of Legends will be fighting for the top spot of the FSL Elite later this March in Singapore. As with Arena of Valor, you can catch all the action live on Yahoo TV!

League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (Asia)

Pacific Championship Series

The inaugural Pacific Championship Series (PCS) will kick off in February! A merger of the League of Legends Master Series and the League of Legends Southeast Asia Tour, the PCS will see some of the best teams in Asia facing off. Get ready for some premier League of Legends action!

  • Alpha Esports (Taipei)

  • G-Rex Gaming (Hong Kong)

  • Hong Kong Attitude (Hong Kong)

  • J Team (Taipei)

  • Liyab Esports (Manila)

  • Nova Esports (Bangkok)

  • Resurgence (Singapore)

  • Talon (Hong Kong)

Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 (The Philippines)

Acer Predator League

Date: 20 - 23 February 2020

Venue: SM Mall of Asia Arena

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/predatorgaming 

The Acer Predator League pits all of Asia Pacific’s finest Dota and PUBG teams against each other for the lion’s share of the US$200,000 prize pool. The grand finals of the tournament features the following teams, with more on the way:

  • Flower Gaming (Malaysia)

  • Neon Esports (The Philippines)

  • Lowkey Esports (The Philippines)

  • Reality Rift (Singapore)

  • Veteran (Myanmar)

ONE Esports DOTA 2 World  Pro Invitational Jakarta (Indonesia)

Date: 17 - 19 April 2020

Venue: Indonesia  Convention  Exhibition

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/oneesportsgg 

ONE Esports partners with PGL to bring fans of DOTA 2  a new series of US$500,000 tournaments in Southeast Asia. This particular Indonesian tournament will have 12  of the world’s best teams clash next April.

Call of Duty Mobile Garena Invitational (Thailand)

Call of Duty Mobile Garena Invitational (Photo: Garena)

Date: January - March

Venue: Thailand

Updates: https://www.facebook.com/codm

It was bound to happen - the mobile version of Call of Duty will be getting its own tournament series courtesy of Garena.

Teams from all over Southeast Asia and Taiwan will be competing in various qualifier tournaments for a spot at the invitationals. With a prize pool of US$65,000 and more, we’ll be seeing a lot of people tuning into this.

Check out the invitational tournament schedules below. The first online qualifiers for the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore will be on 8 February for the first two countries and 13 March for the latter.

The winners of each qualifiers will win a huge share of up to SG$13,000.

Invitational tournament schedules (Photo: Garena)

NBA 2K20 Philippine Qualifiers Finals (The Philippines)

Date: 1 February

Venue: Event Center, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong Metro Manila

Info: https://www.facebook.com/PlayBookCircuit/

Esports basketball is alive and well in The Philippines, with the NBA 2K20 Asia Tournament’s regional leg coming to a close.

Catch the finalists playing their hearts out for a slot in the main Asia event, but be aware, admission for the tournament is free but limited to 256 spaces on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Piala Presiden Esports 2020 (Indonesia)

Piala Presiden Esports 2020

Date: 1 February

Venue: Indonesia Convention Exhibition ICE BSD City

Info: https://www.facebook.com/pialapresidenesports/

Taking place in Indonesia, this tournament features top teams and players of Garena Free Fire and eFootball PES 2020 from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Free Fire India Championship (India)

Free Fire India Championship (India)

Date: 31 Jan - 29 March

Venue: India (TBC)

Registration: ffic.garena.com

Garena’s flagship battle royale title is getting a major tournament held in India.

Free Fire India Championship will feature teams fighting it out online to secure the top 24 spots.

The winner of the tournament in the offline portion will win up to US$21,000 from a prize pool of US$50,000.

PUBG Mobile Thailand Pro League 2020 - Spring League (Thailand)

PUBG Mobile Thailand Pro League 2020 - Spring League (Thailand)

Date: 14 Feb - 22 March

Venue: True Digital Park, Bangkok

Stream: https://www.youtube.com/UCtXuFMDmBedKwy77VAZY8eg

This PUBG tournament is held by the PUBG Mobile Thailand pro league and features the top battle royale teams in the country.

This leg of the tournament will culminate at the PUBG Mobile World League 2020 Spring which will take place in mid-2020.

Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV Counter-Strike (Katowice)

Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV Counter-Strike

Date: 25 February - 1 March

Venue: International Congress Centre, Katowice

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo 

Intel’s Counter-Strike: GO tournament series is now in its 14th season, featuring a US$500,000 prize pool. Notable Asian teams include ViCi Gaming which features Malaysian pro player Kaze among China players ZhokiNg, AumaN, Advent, JamYoung, and GRiFFIN. 

Konistra University of Malaya Esports Tournament (Malaysia)

Date: 29 February - 1 March

Venue: Kolej Kediaman Tun Syed Zahiruddin, University Malaya

Registration: http://wasap.my/60133500541?fbclid=IwAR1DuU9Zv0xY-x5WfqqtSKKcM9Y2wXPoKbyKd5aJMivfux53Dx9cdOyL0tY 

Malaysians who want to test their Tekken 7, PUBG, Dota 2, Mobile Legends, and FIFA 20 mettle will want to check out this grassroots tournament this February. Prize pools here are worth RM1,500++; all you need is RM25 per person to sign up.

AESF e-Masters Invitational Tournament (China)

AESF e-Masters Invitational Tournament

Date: 22 February - 3 March

Venue: Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre

Website: https://www.facebook.com/asian.esports/

This upcoming tournament series is hosted by the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia. The games that will be used for the tournament include Arena of Valor, Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, and WarCraft 3: The Frozen Throne.

The countries that are eligible include:

  • Hong Kong

  • Japan

  • Taiwan

  • India

  • Pakistan

  • Indonesia

  • Laos

  • The Philippines

  • Thailand

  • Singapore

  • Vietnam

Notable teams who will be in the tournament include:

  • Hong Kong Attitude

  • Team Flash

  • Liyab Esports

  • DG Esports

Hainan Master Invitational (China)

Hainan Master Invitational

Date: 15 Jan - 7 Feb (online qualifiers), 3 - 8 March (Offline)

Venue: Haikou (TBA)

Link: https://weibo.com/7348218582 

An upcoming China Dota 2 tournament that will feature qualifier tournaments all across the world. This tournament features a US$200,000 prize pool. In any case, expect the top Chinese Dota 2 players to duke it out in the March offline finals.

Overwatch League 2020 (International)

Overwatch League

Date: February - August 2020

Venue: TBA

Stream Link: https://www.twitch.tv/overwatchleague 

The best Overwatch teams in Asia will be fighting against competition from America and Europe in next year’s big Overwatch tournament. The teams are divided into both the Atlantic and Pacific conference for this massive league tournament.

The Wuhan virus situation has already made four Chinese teams make the decision to relocate, the latest being the Shanghai Dragons moving to South Korea temporarily, but the moves hope to allow the teams to continue training with little disruption ahead of the start of the league.

Atlantic Conference

  • Boston Uprising

  • London Spitfire

  • New York Excelsior

  • Paris Eternal

  • Toronto Defiant

  • Atlanta Reign

  • Florida Mayhem

  • Houston Outlaws

  • Philadelphia Fusion

  • Washington Justice

Pacific Conference

  • Chengdu Hunters’

  • Guangzhou Charge

  • Hangzhou Spark

  • Seoul Dynasty

  • Shanghai Dragons

  • Dallas Fuel

  • Los Angeles Gladiators

  • Los Angeles Valiant

  • San Francisco Shock

  • Vancouver Titans