Weekly esports guide (2 - 8 February): Valorant esports kicks off

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Now that we are in February, Valorant will be kicking off its global esports circuit with the first stage of the Challengers series on the first weekend of the month. There will also be a female-only Valorant tournament organised by FSL during that same period.

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

2021 Dota Pro Circuit

The Dota Pro Circuit will be moving to a new three-season regional league format for the 2020-2021 season. (Photo: Dota 2 blog)
The Dota Pro Circuit will be moving to a new three-season regional league format for the 2020-2021 season. (Photo: Dota 2 blog)

Date: 18 January - 14 March

Venue: Online

After its 2020 season was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) will finally be returning in 2021 with a new regional league system. Under the new system, the DPC will be split into six regional leagues in North America, South America, Europe, the CIS, China, and Southeast Asia, with each league having 16 participating teams split equally in an Upper and Lower Division.

Aside from introducing the regional league system, the new DPC format will also split the circuit into two seasons, with each concluding with a Major event featuring the best teams from each region, all leading up to The International 10 in August.

The DPC is set to begin on 18 January, with the regional leagues for North America, South America, Europe, CIS, and Southeast Asia running until 28 February. Meanwhile, the Chinese regional league will run until 14 March as it will be having a break in the middle of the season to accommodate the Chinese New Year on 12 February.

The first season of this year’s DPC is now in its third week of competition, for a recap of all the action in week two, you can check out our recap here.

Valorant Challengers SEA Stage 1

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

Date: 5 - 7 February

Venue: Online

Valorant’s global esports circuit for this year kicks off with the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour. The circuit is split into three series; Challengers, Masters, and Champions. The first series, Challengers, will be regional competitions that will determine qualification into the next series, Masters, which will then determine qualification into the the highest level of competition among all three series, Champions.

There will be three Challengers and Masters series stages throughout the year. The first will be from February to March, the second from April to June, and the third from July to September. The Valorant Champions series will then crown the game’s first world champion in December.

For Southeast Asia, the Challengers series will have competitions for Malaysia and Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan, with each event featuring eight teams fighting for a spot in the next stage of the Challengers series. All events for the first stage of the series in Southeast Asia will take place from 5 - 7 February.

Valorant Challengers Malaysia and Singapore will have a SG$3,315 (or just under US$2,500) prize pool, with the top four teams advancing into the next stage.

Valorant Challengers Philippines will have a PH₱35,000 (or just under US$730) prize pool, with the top three teams advancing into the next stage.

Valorant Challengers Thailand will have a TH฿90,000 (or just over US$3,000) prize pool, with the top three teams advancing into the next stage.

Valorant Challengers Indonesia will have a IDR42,000,000 (or just under US$3,000) prize pool, with the top four teams advancing into the next stage.

Valorant Challengers Hong Kong and Taiwan will have a US$5,000 prize pool, with the top three teams advancing into the next stage.

FSL Valorant Showdown 2021

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

Date: 6 - 7 February

Venue: Online

Stream: Watch live on Yahoo TV

FSL’s first tournament of the year will be the FSL Valorant Showdown, featuring eight all-female teams competing for a cut of the event’s SG$1,000 (or US$750) prize pool. This tournament differs from previous FSL events due to a unique twist on the composition of the participating teams, as each of the eight teams will have a pre-selected captain while the 32 other competitors registered to compete under a captain of their choice.

The captains are comprised of female Valorant pro players, streamers, and personalities, namely; Celeste Esports’ Odella “enerii” Abraham, Fulcrum Valkyries’ Nicole “Nicole G” Grumal, Golden Flower’s izzengi, Affinity Esports’ Mikkasie, Abigail "Kohaibi" Kong, Bella “Heartfire” Victoria, Aidargh Gaming, and kitkatwc.

The champions will walk away with the grand prize of SG$500 (or US$375), the runners-up will earn SG$300 (or US$225), while the third and fourth-placed teams will get SG$100 (or US$75).

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.

LCK Spring 2021

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

Date: 13 January - 28 March

Venue: Seoul, South Korea

LoL’s competitive circuit in South Korea is the game’s second major esports league to kick off this year. The LCK’s Spring Split will run from 13 January to 28 March, starting with a double round robin group stage to determine the six out of the league’s 10 participating teams will make it to the playoffs.

LCK Spring 2021 will have a KR₩4,000,000,000 (over US$3,600,000) prize pool, with the winner of the split taking the lion’s share of KR₩2,000,000 (over US$180,000) as well as a spot in this year’s Mid Season Invitational.

LEC Spring 2021

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

Date: 22 January - 14 March

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.

VCS Spring 2021

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

Date: 22 January - 18 February

Venue: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

LoL’s competitive circuit in Vietnam has now also commenced its 2021 season. The VCS’ Spring Split will begin on 22 January and will run until 18 February. The competition will begin with a double round robin group stage to determine the four teams out of the eight in the league will make it to the playoffs.

While the prize pool of the VCS Spring 2021 has not yet been revealed, the top team in the league is expected to take the lion’s share of it as well as a spot in this year’s Mid Season Invitational.

ELEVATE Programme *SCAPE

(Photo: Sin Esports Facebook)
(Photo: Sin Esports Facebook)

Date: Starting in February

Registration: scape.sg/elevate

*SCAPE is running its ELEVATE mentorship for another year, where 70 youths in Singapore can expect to be mentored by industry experts through a 4 weeks intensive online programme.

The programme options include community events management, with mentors from the esports events industry, and the entertainment mentorship, which sees Singapore casters helping to groom the next generation.

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