The competitors are now locked in and a $210,000 prize pool is up for grabs Friday, Nov. 20 as mobile esports tournament Summoners War World Arena Championship has just completed its final regional tournament. Through rounds of fierce battles which accumulated over 400,000 global views, eight Summoners have emerged and can now begin their preparations for the virtual World Finals. Players and fans from all over the globe will convene online to witness a historic digital-only event as these potential champions vie for their chance at glory during SWC 2020.
Over 70 players from Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas battled through a three-month gauntlet for a chance at the $210,000 prize pool. After multiple preliminary rounds, 40 players from Asia-Pacific, 16 from the Americas and another 16 from Europe dwindled down to only 24 players as they proved themselves worthy challengers for the regional cups.
Due to the pandemic, most of the live productions for Summoners War World Arena Championship 2020 took place remotely, offering enhanced experiences for both players and fans. Fans sent in fan-art with cheering messages to support players, with select pieces appearing on player profiles. Special hashtags allowed viewers to tweet support messages to their favorite players during matches, and competitors chose their favorite during the post-match interview. As a nod to the online nature of the tournament, a new medal this year replaces the traditional trophy.
The Americas Cup was the first regional championship to take place on Saturday, Oct. 24. This was soon followed by the Asia Pacific Cup, which featured heated battles on Saturday, Oct. 31. These were flanked by the epic Europe Cup just a week later, on Saturday, Nov. 7. The winners and runners-up of the regional cups who are participating in the World Finals are as follows:
The SWC World Finals, which have previously been hosted in stadiums in Paris, Los Angeles and Seoul, Korea will instead be hosted in a virtual arena and streamed on Summoner War’s official YouTube and Twitch channels for all Summoners War fans to experience.
“This year’s Summoners War Championship has been our best yet, marking our all-time high for total viewership, and we haven’t even begun our homestretch with the World Finals,” said CEO of GAMEVIL Com2uS, Kyu Lee. “Our fans are insanely fired up for our first ever online-only World Finals and we at Com2uS want everyone to know that we’ve built an incredible virtual arena and stage to keep everyone engaged next Friday.”
Audiences from all over the world can watch the world’s top Summoners War players compete on the monster collecting strategy game’s YouTube and Twitch channels. The World Finals will stream in Korean, English, Japanese, Dutch, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taiwanese and will begin at 9 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 20.