S'pore vies for No. 3 spot in Vainglory Championship

Team Impunity members (from left) Tan Jing Yu, Amos Ker and Nicholas Wong at the semi-finals of the Vainglory World Championship at Kallang Theatre yesterday.
Team Impunity members (from left) Tan Jing Yu, Amos Ker and Nicholas Wong at the semi-finals of the Vainglory World Championship at Kallang Theatre yesterday.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Local team faces US players in multiplayer online game with strong ties to Republic

When US mobile game Vainglory was launched three years ago, its maker chose to release it first in Singapore. One of the game's key artists is also Singaporean.

And today, a Singapore team will be battling for third place at the game's second world championship, which is being held at Kallang Theatre.

Calling themselves Team Impunity, the five Singaporeans are Amos Ker and Tan Jing Yu, both 17; Nicholas Wong, 19, along with reserves Ng Jun Xian, 18, and Nigel Wong, 21.

They made it to the semi-finals yesterday and played against ACE Gaming, a South Korean team. Although the Singaporeans put up a brave fight, they were defeated 3-1 in the battle that lasted more than two hours.

Team Impunity will be going against Cloud9 from the United States at 2pm today. The grand finals between ACE Gaming and another US-based team, Tribe Gaming, will be held five hours later.

Despite their defeat, the Singapore team's manager, Mr Fabien Ong, 24, said he was very proud of their performance.

He said: "We are extremely thankful for the home crowd's tremendous support."

Amos, who is the team captain, told The Sunday Times: "We have managed to prove that we can compete on a global stage. We will continue to work on our strategies and be ready when the next world championship comes along."

Team Impunity is one of the top 12 teams from around the world playing for a prize pool of more than US$140,000 (S$189,000).

The Razer 2017 Vainglory World Championship, which kicked off on Thursday, is organised by the US-based company that created the game Super Evil Megacorp.

Vainglory is a multiplayer online battle arena game played on mobile phones and tablets, where two teams of three players engage in battle with a variety of characters.

Super Evil Megacorp's chief executive, Mr Kristian Segerstrale, said organising the Vainglory World Championship in Singapore was like a homecoming for the firm.

He added: "Vainglory was developed in the US but was first released in Singapore in 2014 to critical acclaim. One of the important contributing artists to the game is also a Singaporean, so Vainglory has strong Singapore links."

Other countries represented among the 12 teams include Japan, Brazil and Germany. The teams had emerged tops out of more than 5,000 groups worldwide.

The game's first world championship was held in Hollywood last year with a smaller prize pool of US$120,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 17, 2017, with the headline 'S'pore vies for No. 3 spot in Vainglory Championship'. Print Edition | Subscribe