Super Evil Megacorp, creators of Vainglory the world’s leading mobile esport, is bringing Vainglory’s 2017 World Championships to the Kallang Theater in Singapore from December 14-17. The 12 best teams from across the globe, including North America’s Cloud9, Korea’s Rox Armada and ACE Gaming, Indonesia’s Elite8, China’s Hunters and Singapore’s home team, Impunity, will compete in front of a live audience in the country where the game – then known as Kindred – was first rolled out at the end of 2013 (beta). Those teams will be joined by six additional teams, including the Autumn Season winners of each region and two wild card teams. The Autumn Season of the Vainglory8 kicked off last weekend and will be the last chance for fan-favorite North American teams such as TSM and Fnatic to qualify for Worlds in December..
“The 2017 Vainglory World Championship will not just be the pinnacle of our esports year; it will be arguably the biggest moment in Vainglory history,” said Super Evil Megacorp CEO Kristian Segerstrale. “Live on stage in Singapore, we will globally unveil Vainglory 5v5 in an epic showmatch, coinciding with a major in-game update. This moment will show, once again, that Vainglory is the most uncompromising, unapologetically core MOBA on touchscreens — and a game pushing the very boundaries of the mobile platform.
“When deciding where to crown the World Champion and celebrate the rebirth of our game, we had to return to where it all began: The players in Singapore first in beta, and then widely Southeast Asia, embraced Vainglory before anyone else and paved the way for all the success that has followed. And as we embark on a new adventure with 5v5, Southeast Asia will once again be a central strategic and community focus. We intend to prove to MOBA players around the world that Vainglory is the most-fun, best-performing 5v5 experience out there, and we look forward to working closely with our community to make it the best it can be.”
As part of that celebration, the Vainglory World Championships will include keynote speeches from the developers at Super Evil Megacorp, including the first showcase match of Vainglory’s upcoming 5v5 mode. Viewers can catch the showmatch before the grand finals, played live on stage at Vainglory Worlds.
North America’s Cloud9 storms into Vainglory Worlds with a heap of momentum following decisive wins at both of the Unified Spring Championships in London and Summer Championships in Los Angeles. But Cloud9’s road to Vainglory Worlds won’t faze a Southeast Asian bracket full of fierce competitors, including Rox Armada, a team made up of members that won the inaugural Vainglory World Championship last year and are looking to repeat the win.
“This year, we have taken a new approach to our training and that preparation has paid off with consecutive live championships in Spring and Summer,” said Ian Huston, manager of Cloud9. “We are honored to be competing against the best international Vainglory teams and we cannot wait to show the world what we have planned.”
A European team has yet to secure a spot, but the field of competitors is still being drawn as Vainglory8 kicks off on September 22nd from the ESL Studios in Burbank. Vainglory8 will decide if a European team, like London-based esports giants Fnatic make the trip to Singapore or if last year’s runner-up Team SoloMid will get another shot at title of World Champions.
Tickets are available for free at Vaingloryworlds2017.peatix.com.