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Check out the inaugural Esports Festival Asia at COMEX 2019

By Koh Wanzi - on 18 Jul 2019, 5:56pm

Check out the inaugural Esports Festival Asia at COMEX 2019

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The upcoming COMEX 2019 tech show will play host to more than just your usual selection of consumer gadgets. The show will feature the inaugural Esports Festival Asia (EFA), the biggest ever esports festival in Singapore, where visitors can look forward to tournaments, booth activities, community matches, and delectable bargains on gaming peripherals. 

The result of a collaboration between Sphere Exhibits, the events arm of Singapore Press Holdings, and Gam3.Asia, EFA aims to bring esports closer to the masses with an appearance at COMEX. Sphere Exhibits is investing S$1 million into this venture, and teams taking part in EFA will battle over a prize pot totaling S$35,000 in cash

The festival will see the following tournaments played out: 

  • Regional finals of the Female Esports League (FSL)
  • Regional qualifiers of eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia Open 2019
  • First Singapore qualifier for the China Mobile Esports League (CMEL)
  • Asia Champions Esports (ACE) League

Six games will be played during the show, including Arena of Valor, League of Legends, CS:GO, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, PUBG Mobile, and Dota Underlords

The FSL finals will be held for Arena of Valor and LoL, where the winners of ongoing regional tournaments will fly down to Singapore for the last stop in the FSL circuit and compete for a prize pool of S$2,500 per title

For CS:GO, the winner of the regional qualifier at EFA will be given the chance to compete in the finals in Shanghai, where they'll face other teams from Asia-Pacific region. 

If some of these names sound unfamiliar to you, you're not alone. CMEL is a relatively new name, and the EFA qualifiers will be its first ever held in Singapore for LoL. The winning team will then move on to represent Singapore at the CMEL finals in Chongqing, China. Officially launched on 6 August 2018, CMEL is China's national esports league, and it has already held successful tournaments in Qingdao, Hangzhou, and Macau. 

Finally, the ACE League is EFA's very own homegrown tournament. It will feature PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends, and Dota Underlords, with a combined prize pool of over S$20,000. Online and offline qualifiers will be held in the coming months, but the finals will be conducted at EFA. Eventually, Sphere Exhibits hopes to bring ACE League to the SEA region in 2020, with tournaments in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. 

Registrations for the ACE League qualifiers are open here, while sign-ups for the CMEL and eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia Open will start here at the end of July.

EFA will take place from 5 to 8 September at Hall 605 at Suntec Convention Centre. 

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