SINGAPORE - The nation will play host to the second world championship finals for mobile game Vainglory in December, as the mobile gaming scene becomes increasingly competitive.
The top 12 teams in the world will play for a prize pool of US$140,000 (S$190,300) at the Kallang Theatre from Dec 14 to 17, announced Vainglory developer Super Evil Megacorp on Thursday (Sept 28).
The teams will compete in front of a live audience, and the finals will also be streamed globally through online services such as Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
Vainglory is multiplayer online battle arena game played on mobile phones or tablets, where two teams of three players engage in battle with a variety of characters.
The game's first world championships was held in Hollywood, California in 2016 with a smaller prize pool of US$120,000.
"We are bringing Vainglory back to its first home," said Ms Heini Vesander, executive producer for eSports at Super Evil Megacorp.
The game was first launched in its beta form, then named Kindred, in Singapore back in 2013.
The 12 teams competing in the finals are picked from over 5,000 teams which compete in the game's leaderboard over the past year. They come from six regions: North America, South America, Europe, South-east Asia, East Asia and China.
Representing Singapore this year are players from Team Impunity, comprising Amos "Quatervois" Ker, 17; Tan "deftQ" Jing Yu, 17, and Ng "Bluexidy" Jun Xian, 18, along with reserves Nicholas "QuiCi" Wong, 19, and Mr Nigel "INKED" Wong, 21.
Correction note: This story has been edited to provide updated information on the team representing Singapore.