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The Asia Pacific Predator League 2019 Adds PUBG, National Qualifiers Begins This Month
The Asia Pacific Predator League returns.. a bit sooner than expected. The inaugural Dota 2 tournament saw 1197 teams registered and 8 teams from 8 countries participating with Malaysia’s own Geek Fam emerging champions.
For 2019, the tournament expands to include the battle royale game PUBG to its list. More countries join the fray this time. Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, Australia, India, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Sri Lanka (16 countries) are participating this time.
Also, a bigger total prize pot of $400,000 USD spread through all the national qualifiers and main event, from $150,000 of last (this?) year.
While the main event will be held in February this year, the Malaysian national qualifiers begin as early as the end of this month. Yes, assemble your squad and team pronto.
For Dota 2, there will be 6 offline qualifiers. Which are:
- M&M Cybercafe @Ipoh (29th-30th September )
- Infinity Mineski @ Setia Wangsa, Kuala Lumpur (29th-30th September )
- Infinity Mineski @ Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan(13th-14th October)
- Mineski Arena @ Kajang (13-14 October)
- Infinity Mieski @ Skudai, JB (19th -20th October)
- Eternity Esports @ Ayer Itam, Penang (20th-21st October)
If you are in Sabah or Sarawak, or just could not commit to the dates and location, there are also 4 offline qualifiers, all held from 20th-21st October.
For PUBG, all of the qualifiers will be done online (for obvious reasons, 100 PC setups are hard to come by). The dates are as follows:
- 29th September (1st Online Qualifier)
- 30th September (2nd Online Qualifier)
- 13th October(3rd Online Qualifier)
- 14th October(4th Online Qualifier)
Best teams out of the qualifiers will move to the Malaysian Finals.
RM100,000 worth of prize pool is up for grabs. RM56,000 of cash goes to Dota 2 with RM10,000 to PUBG, the rest in the form of prizes. The winner of the Malaysia Finals, set to be held at Empire City Mall, Damansara Perdana on 27th-28th October will bring home RM25,000 for Dota 2 and RM4,000 plus a Predator Aethon 500 keyboard.
The winners will also be competing at the Nimibutr Stadium in the National Stadium complex of Bangkok, Thailand on 15th-17th February 2019.
Acer mentioned that the first Asia Pacific Predator League was a resounding success. Its hashtag #APACPredatorLeague trended to #1 on Instagram and increased sales on esports gear are some of the reasons the hardware company continues to invest in this segment, especially in this region. Take that as a vote of confidence that esports are indeed a thing and won’t be going anywhere.