Tencent revamps Arena of Valor esport from 2022, partners with Honor of Kings in global expansion plans
Tencent plans to expand Arena of Worth esports significantly in 2022, the company said in a press release today. The game’s esports scene will see a revamp next year with more competitions around the world and will partner with Honor of kings.
Honor of kings is the original MOBA game developed and released by Tencent Games in 2015 for mobile devices. Later, a globalized version was released in 2016 called Arena of Worth for gamers around the world. Although the games have several differences, Tencent will unite its esports scene for the first time next year with the Arena of Worth World Cup (AWC) 2022.
The AWC, which has been taking place in the middle of the year since its inception in 2018, will take place a little later, in October of next year. Tencent said the prize pool for the contest will be more than $ 8 million. In comparison, the AWC 2021 had a prize pool of $ 500,000.
Sixteen places for the group stage will be up for grabs in the AWC 2022. Unlike previous World Cups, SEA teams have filled most of those places, and Tencent has promised a more global distribution of teams as it tries to develop. Arena of Valor esport scene. Chinese teams will also participate.
“With a global spirit in mind, the AWC will see the best teams from Asia, North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe compete against each other,” Tencent said.
Honor of kings and Arena of Worth are separate games with several overlapping mechanics. To address this issue, AWC will be played in a “brand new esports version” with a pool of heroes from both games to ensure a fair competitive environment.
In addition, Tencent also announced that it will revamp the schedule and structure of the tournament from Arena of Worth esports starting next year. This includes the local and regional professional leagues leading up to the AWC for Asia, North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe. The company will also establish several new leagues.
Tencent to announce more details on new leagues and Arena of Worth International Championship (AIC) 2022 in the coming months.
“We combine Arena of Worth and Honor of kings for the first time and we look forward to sharing more details on how teams can qualify very soon, ”said Bernd Gottsmann, head of the global esports center at Tencent Games. “The Arena of Worth the community and player base are so passionate, and that’s why we wanted to create something that would really take the competitive experience to a whole new level.
Tencent’s decision may not come as a surprise. Honor of kings is immensely popular in China with over 100 million average daily users. Arena of Worth, on the other hand, has not been able to replicate this success outside specific regions like Southeast Asia. Unification will boost the esports ecosystem to Arena of Worth as it appears to compete with the growing popularity of Riot’s new mobile MOBA, League of Legends: Savage Rift.