Weekly esports guide (17 - 24 May): WePlay AniMajor to be held in June

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Kiev, Ukraine will host the WePlay AniMajor, the second and final Major event of the 2021 DPC, in June. The tournament will feature the 18 best teams from the circuit's six regional leagues competing for their share of the US$500,000 prize pool and 2,700 DPC point pool, which will go towards securing a direct invite to The International 10 (TI10).

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

2021 Dota Pro Circuit Season 2

(Photo: Valve)
(Photo: Valve)

Date: 13 April - 23 May

Venue: Online

After its 2020 season was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) has returned 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.

Following the conclusion of the ONE Esports Singapore Major, where Chinese team Invictus Gaming emerged as champions, the DPC is set to begin its second season on 13 April and will run until 23 May. The season will then be followed by the second Major event of the circuit, which is scheduled from 2-13 June.

WePlay AniMajor

(Photo: WePlay Esports)
(Photo: WePlay Esports)

Date: 2 - 13 June

Venue: Kiev, Ukraine

The WePlay AniMajor, the second and final Major event of the 2021 DPC, will be held in Kiev, Ukraine from 2 to 13 June. The tournament will feature the 18 best teams from the circuit's six regional leagues competing for their share of the US$500,000 prize pool and 2,700 DPC point pool, which will go towards securing a direct invite to The International 10 (TI10).

The WePlay AniMajor will be split into three stages — namely, the Wildcard Stage, the Group Stage, and the Playoffs — with six teams starting the tournament in each stage. The two teams with the best record in the Wildcard Stage will advance to the Group Stage, from which six teams will advance to the Playoffs to compete for the championship while two others will be eliminated.

Only the Top 8 teams in the WePlay AniMajor will be able to receive a cut of the prize and DPC point pool, with the champions taking home the grand prize of US$200,000 and 500 DPC points. 

In addition, the Major will unfortunately not have a live audience due to "the epidemiological situation" in Kiev, WePlay said in a post on the Dota 2 subreddit.

The International 10

(Photo: Valve)
(Photo: Valve)

Date: 5 - 15 August

Venue: Stockholm, Sweden

The International 10 (TI10) finally makes its return this year after it was canceled last year by the coronavirus pandemic. The latest iteration of Dota 2's annual marquee tournament features the best teams from the DPC competing for the lion's share of a US$40 million prize pool, the largest in the history of esports. 

The tournament will start with a Group Stage from 5 to 8 August followed by a two-day break before the Main Event kicks off from 10 to 15 August.

After the conclusion of the second Major of the 2021 DPC, the teams who have garnered the most amount of DPC points will receive direct invites to TI10. The rest of the field will then be determined through a series of qualifiers for each of the circuit's six regional leagues.

League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2021

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

Date: 6 - 23 May

Venue: Reykjavík, Iceland

The League of Legends (LoL) 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.

2021 League of Legends World Championship

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

Date: November

Venue: Shenzhen, China

The 2021 League of Legends World Championship, more commonly referred to as Worlds, will be hosted in Shenzen, China from 6 November. Worlds 2021 will be held in Shenzen's Universiade Sports Centre, a state-of-the-art arena with a seating capacity of over 60,000 that is also the home of the Chinese Super League football club Shenzen F.C.

More information about the tournament is set to be released soon.

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.

VCT Masters Berlin

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

Date: 9 - 19 September

Venue: Berlin, Germany

The Stage 3 Masters tournament of the VCT will be held in Berlin, Germany from 9 to 19 September. While Masters Reykjavík featured just 10 participating teams, the field for Masters Berlin will be expanded to include 16 squads. 

The winning team of Masters Berlin will notably be receiving a direct seed to the VALORANT Champions tournament in December, where VALORANT's first-ever world champions will be crowned.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup

(Photo: Moonton)
(Photo: Moonton)

Date: 7 - 13 June

Venue: Online

The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) is making a huge comeback in 2021, as this year's event will feature high-level competition as well as in-game activities and mini-events. The main event of the MSC will see 12 teams from the region competing for a cut of the US$150,000 prize pool.

Old or retired MLBB players will notably be making their comebacks in the MSC as special guests. Time-limited skins will also be available to fans through MSC in-game activities and the “Double Event” from 29 May to 13 June. Unlike previous iterations of the MSC, this year's event will be held online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

2021 ONE Esports MPL Invitational

ONE Esports Mobile Legends Pro League Invitational (Photo: oneesports.gg)
ONE Esports Mobile Legends Pro League Invitational (Photo: oneesports.gg)

Date: TBD

Venue: TBD

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) developer Moonton has once again partnered with ONE Esports, the Singapore-based esports venture of sports media company ONE Championship, to host this year's MLBB Professional League Invitational (MPLI) in the "final quarter of 2021".

The 2021 ONE Esports MPLI will feature the best teams from the regional MLBB Professional Leagues (MPL) across Southeast Asia in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Myanmar competing for their share of the US$100,000 prize pool. More details about the 2021 MPLI including whether the event will be hosted live or online, as it was last year, have yet to be revealed.

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.

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.

FIFAe World Cup 2021

(Photo: fifa.com/Getty Images)
(Photo: fifa.com/Getty Images)

Date: 6 - 8 August

Venue: London, United Kingdom

The FIFAe World Cup returns after last year’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. From 6 to 8 August, London will host the climax of the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series as 32 of the world's best individual FIFA 21 players compete for the chance to claim the coveted FIFAe World Cup 2021 trophy and the grand prize of US$250,000 out of the event's US$500,00 prize pool.

Campus Legends Season 3

(Photo: SCOGA)
(Photo: SCOGA)

Date: 12 June - 8 August

Venue: Online

Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) has announced that its Campus Legends student esports development platform is returning for a third season, featuring competitions for League of Legends Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

The group stages and playoffs for Campus Legends Season 3 will be taking place over nine weekends, commencing 12 June and culminating in the Grand Finals on 7-8 August. Aside from giving Singaporean students the chance to showcase their skills in two popular esports titles, Campus Legends will also provide them with career exposure opportunities should they choose to enter the esports industry once they have finished their studies.

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.

E1 Championship Season 1

(Photo: eGG Network)
(Photo: eGG Network)

Date: 7 April - 2 June

Venue: Online

E1 Championship Season One, Asia Pacific's premier sim racing championship, flags off in RaceRoom at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, featuring 28 of the best sim-racers from around the region competing for a share of US$15,000. The circuit will be streamed live on eGG Network’s TV channel available in eight countries, or on E1 Championship’s Facebook livestream every Wednesday from 7 Apr - 2 June at 9PM (GMT+8).

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