Weekly esports guide (29 March - 5 April): Singapore Major Playoffs begin

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The ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major will now be commencing with its Playoff Stage, which will run until 4 April. It is the first Major event of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit and will feature 18 of the best teams from the circuit's six regional leagues competing for the lion's share of a US$500,000 prize pool and 2,700 DPC point pool.

Do note that the status of some events may have changed after publishing because of the coronavirus.

ONE Esports Singapore Major

(Photo: ONE Esports)
(Photo: ONE Esports)

Date: 27 March - 4 April

Venue: Singapore

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Singapore will be playing host to the first Major event of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), the ONE Esports Singapore Major, from 27 March to 4 April. The tournament is the first of the two Majors in this year’s DPC leading up to the International 10 (TI10) in August and will feature a US$500,000 prize pool and 2,700 DPC point pool.

The Singapore Major will feature the 18 best teams from the six regional leagues of the DPC in Europe, China, Southeast Asia, CIS, North America, and South America. The top two teams from each regional league will be directly invited to the event, with the top team of each league getting directly seeded into the playoffs while the second-placed team will start in the group stage.

The Major will also have a wildcard stage featuring six teams. The wildcard teams will be comprised of the third and fourth-placed teams in the European and Chinese regional leagues as well as the third-placed teams from the Southeast Asian and CIS leagues.

Europe will be represented by Team Secret, Alliance, Team Nigma, and Team Liquid.

China will be represented by Invictus Gaming, Team Aster, Vici Gaming, and PSG.LGD.

Southeast Asia will be represented by Fnatic, Neon Esports, and T1.

The CIS will be represented by Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, and AS Monaco Gambit.

North America will be represented by Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew.

South America will be represented by Beastcoast and Thunder Predator.

Unfortunately, the Singapore Major will be played without fans in attendance due to safety reasons. To find out everything you need to know about the Singapore Major, check here.

Garena World 2021 Online

(Photo: Garena)
(Photo: Garena)

Date: 3-4 April

Venue: Online

Garena will be hosting Garena World, Southeast Asia's biggest gaming and esports event, this year in a fully-digital format so that gaming and esports fans in the region can still enjoy it amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Garena is even trying to replicate the buzz of a live event by expanding the Garena World 2021 official website to include a host of social interaction and community engagement features.

The festivities for Garena World 2021 also include four tournaments for Arena of Valor, Free Fire, FIFA Online 4, and Call of Duty: Mobile. These four events feature a combined prize pool of US$600,000. Alongside these competitions, Garena will also be hosting a series of knowledge sharing sessions called “Garena Get & Give” to help uplift the gaming and esports industry in Southeast Asia.

Viewers in Thailand will also be able to complete mini-games to win tokens that can be exchanged for exciting rewards from Arena of Valor, Free Fire, FIFA Online 4, Call of Duty: Mobile, and FAIRY TAIL: Forces Unite! These rewards are physical items that will be delivered directly and free of charge.

Asia-Pacific Predator League 2020/2021 Grand Final

(Photo: Acer Predator)
(Photo: Acer Predator)

Date: 6-11 April

Venue: Online

Acer announced that the Grand Finals of the Asia Pacific Predator League 2020/21 will be held from 6-11 April after the league was suspended last year by the coronavirus. The event will feature a total prize pool of US$400,000 and will be divided into four sub-tournaments, two for Dota 2 and two for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG).

League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2021

(Photo: Riot Games)
(Photo: Riot Games)

Date: 6 - 23 May

Venue: Reykjavík, Iceland

The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) returns for its sixth edition after it was cancelled last year by the coronavirus pandemic. This year's MSI will be the first of two back-to-back tournaments hosted by Riot Games in the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena in Reykjavík, Iceland.

As with previous iterations of the event, the MSI will gather the top teams from the 12 LoL esports regional leagues across the world. The MSI will kick off on 6 May and will crown a new MSI champion in the grand finals on 23 May.

VCT Masters Reykjavík

(Photo: Riot Games)
(Photo: Riot Games)

Date: 24 - 30 May

Venue: Reykjavík, Iceland

Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Masters Reykjavík will be the first Valorant esports event to feature live international competition, as it will gather 10 of the best Valorant teams from around the world to fight for a spot at the Valorant Champions tournament in December.

VCT Masters Reykjavík will be the second of two back-to-back tournaments hosted by Riot Games in the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena in Reykjavík, Iceland, kicking off a day after the conclusion of LoL MSI 2021. The tournament itself will conclude on 30 May.

FSL Valorant Circuit

(Photo: FSL FPS Facebook)
(Photo: FSL FPS Facebook)

Date: March - October

Venue: Online

Watch live: https://yhoo.it/FSLxYahoo

FSL, the premier female competitive gaming circuit in Asia, will be hosting the 2021 FSL Valorant Circuit with approval from Riot Games and support from Intel. The circuit will run for eight months from March to October and feature a total prize pool of SGD$12,000. The FSL Valorant Circuit will be split into four stages: FSL Open, FSL Open Overtime, FSL Wildcard, and FSL Elite.

The first stage of the circuit, the FSL Open, will be held monthly from March to August, with each iteration featuring a maximum of 40 teams competing for a cut of the SG$1,000 prize pool. Teams will earn points by participating in each FSL Open and will be placed on the FSL Open Leaderboard, with the two top-ranked teams qualifying for FSL Elite.

The third to 19th-placed teams on the leaderboard will then play in the circuit's second stage, FSL Open: Overtime, in September. The winning team will take the third spot in FSL Elite.

FSL Wildcard will follow in early October, where teams that are either new to the circuit or have not yet qualified for FSL Elite will get one last shot at advancing into the final stage. FSL Wildcard will feature a SG$1,000 prize pool and a maximum of 40 participating teams, with the winners claiming the fourth and final spot in FSL Elite.

FSL Elite will be the final stage of the 2021 FSL Valorant Circuit. The four qualified teams from the previous stages will compete in an offline tournament in Singapore from 23-24 October, with US$5,000 in prize money up for grabs.

LPL Spring 2021

(Photo: Riot Games)
(Photo: Riot Games)

Date: 9 January - 18 April

Venue: Shanghai, China

League of Legends (LoL) esports is on again, as the game’s competitive circuit in China has already kicked off the Spring split of its 2021 season. LPL Spring 2021 begins with its single round robin group stage, from 9 January to 28 March, to determine the seeding for its 17 participating teams in the playoffs, which is set for 1-18 April.

LPL Spring 2021 will have a CN¥4,200,000 (around US$650,000) prize pool, with the winner of the split taking the lion’s share of CN¥2,000,000 (over US$300,000) as well as a spot in this year’s Mid Season Invitational.

LEC Spring 2021

(Photo: Riot Games)
(Photo: Riot Games)

Date: 22 January - 11 May

Venue: Berlin, Germany

LoL’s competitive circuit in Europe is the game’s third major esports league to commence its 2021 season. The LEC’s Spring Split will begin on 22 January and will run until 14 March. The competition will begin with a double round robin group stage to determine the six teams out of the 10 in the league will make it to the playoffs.

LEC Spring 2021 will have a EU€200,000 (over US$240,000) prize pool, with the winner of the split taking the lion’s share of EU€80,000 (over US$96,000) as well as a spot in this year’s Mid Season Invitational.

LCS Spring 2021

(Photo: Riot Games)
(Photo: Riot Games)

Date: 5 February - 11 April

Venue: Los Angeles, USA

Following Team Liquid’s win at the league’s inaugural lock-in tournament at the end of January, the LCS will now be commencing its Spring Split for the 2021 season. LCS Spring 2021 is set to run from 5 February to 11 April, with the double round robin group stage determining the six teams of the league’s 10 participants will advance to the Midseason Showdown playoffs.

LCS Spring 2021 will have a US$200,000 prize pool, with the winner of the split taking the lion’s share of US$100,000 as well as a spot in this year’s Mid Season Invitational.

PCS Spring 2021

LoL Pacific Championship Series (Photo: Riot Games)
LoL Pacific Championship Series (Photo: Riot Games)

Date: 19 February - TBD

Venue: Online

The Pacific Championship Series (PCS), LoL’s competitive circuit for Southeast Asia, will be kicking off its second season on 19 February after its initial start date of 5 February was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic last month.

The PCS is also welcoming three new teams for its Spring Split this year, Impunity Esports from Singapore and Beyond Gaming from Taipei as well as BOOM Esports from Indonesia. The three teams from the inaugural PCS season were missing from the current lineup are ahq Esports Club, Nova Esports and Resurgence (now known as RSG).

The 2021 PCS Spring Split will begin with a double round robin group stage from 19 February to 20 March, with the playoffs schedule still to be determined. Details on the league’s prize pool has also not yet been released.

League of Legends: Wild Rift 2021 SEA Icon Series: Summer Season

(Photo: Riot Games)
(Photo: Riot Games)

Date: 3 April - TBD

Venue: Online

League of Legends: Wild Rift esports will officially kick off with the 2021 SEA Icon Series: Summer Season, which starts on 3 April following the conclusion of the five weekend-long preseason event.

The Wild Rift SEA Icon Series will be the first tournament produced by Riot Games Southeast Asia in partnership with regional partners, and the publisher says it "will be an important foundational step" to strengthening the legacy of Southeast Asian players and teams in the mobile esports scene.

The Summer Season features eight week-long tournaments in the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, with competition culminating at the Summer Super Cup where the champions for each country will be crowned. Registration for the qualifiers for each country will open this month, with the qualifiers themselves set to begin next month.

2021 Free Fire World Series Singapore

(Photo: Garena)
(Photo: Garena)

Date: 22, 29 May

Venue: Singapore

The 2021 Free Fire World Series (FFWS) will be held in Singapore in May and feature a US$2 million prize pool, the largest-ever in the history of the mobile battle royale.

The event will gather 22 of the best Free Fire teams from across 14 countries and regions, namely: Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, Singapore, Bangladesh, Europe, Pakistan, Brazil, Latin America, Russia and the CIS, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines (MCP), and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

12 teams will start the tournament from the Play-Ins on 22 May while 10 others have been directly seeded to the Finals stage on 29 May.

2021 Call of Duty: Mobile Garena Invitational

(Photo: Garena)
(Photo: Garena)

Date: 19 March - 4 April

Venue: Online

The 2021 Call of Duty: Mobile Garena Invitational (CGI) invites the best eight teams from each of the game's competitive regions in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

The 2021 CGI is split into two stages; a two-weekend Group Stage from 19-21 March and 26-28 March followed by the Elimination Stage on the weekend of 3-4 April.

The Group Stage will see eight teams battle each other in a single round-robin format, with three games to be played for each match, to determine which six teams will advance to the Elimination Stage. There, they will compete in a double-elimination bracket with the top two teams starting from the upper bracket while the remaining teams will start from the lower bracket. Each match in the Elimination Stage will be a best-of-five series.

PUBG Challenger Rumble

(Photo: Geek Fam)
(Photo: Geek Fam)

Date: 29 March - 11 April

Venue: Online

Geek Events will be hosting the PUBG Challenger Rumble for teams in Indonesia, the Philippines, as well as Malaysia and Singapore ahead of the return of the PUBG Continental Series 4 APAC, where five teams each from Thailand and Vietnam as well as two others from Oceania await them.

The PUBG Challenger Rumble will begin with respective country qualifiers for Indonesia, the Philippines, as well as Malaysia and Singapore. Five teams from the Indonesian qualifier, three teams from the Philippine qualifier, and two teams from the Malaysia and Singapore qualifier will join six directly-invited teams in the Challenger Rumble's main event. The four best teams from the main event will then qualify for the PUBG Continental Series 4 APAC.

ESL Mobile 2021

(Photo: ESL)
(Photo: ESL)

Date: 12 April - 23 July

Venue: Online

ESL has expanded its mobile esports ecosystem this year to include the Asia-Pacific region alongside North America as well as Europe and the Middle-East and North Africa. ESL will host two full seasons of action in 2021 with the ESL Mobile Spring 2021 season kicking off in April. Each season will consist of two competitive tiers, ESL Mobile Open and the all-new ESL Mobile Challenge.

ESL Mobile will feature competitions in Asphalt 9: Legends, Brawl Stars, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, PUBG Mobile and League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Legends of Runeterra as well as a total prize pool of US$650,000.

#worldconnected series 2021

(Photo: Global Esports Federation)
(Photo: Global Esports Federation)

Date: 26 March - 11 April

Venue: TBD

The Global Esports Federation will be staging the second edition of the #worldconnected series 2021 (#wcs21) this year, starting with a number of community-based competitions from March 26, 2021 until 11 April. The Federation will also be hosting the Global Esports convention on April 9, 2021.

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