Predator League Asia-Pacific Finals Rescheduled to 2021
The Predator League Asia-Pacific (APAC) Finals will not be pushing through in July this year. Acer decided to postpone the tournament amidst health and safety concerns.
Most-Anticipated LAN Event in the Country
The APAC Predator League Finals would have marked the return of arena-sized Dota 2 LAN events in the country. The Philippines haven’t hosted any large-scale Dota 2 LAN events since Galaxy Battles II in January 2018.
However, the tournament would miss its scheduled flight when the pandemic hit the country. Originally scheduled for February 2020, Acer postponed the event in the interest of public health. In light of recent developments, Acer again makes the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the tournament.
“The postponement of the Asia Pacific Predator League, instead of a cancellation, demonstrates Acer’s commitment to the gaming community,” said Andrew Hou, President of Acer Pan Asia Pacific Regional Operations. “With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we made the decision to move the competition to Spring 2021 for the safety and best interests of the tournament’s competitors, fans, spectators, and staff.”
Thousands of fans have been anticipating the tournament. Acer reports that they have sold 20,000 tickets so far, a testament to the Filipinos’ love for esports. As a token of appreciation to the fans, Predator has been giving away drawstring bags and limited edition Predator League 2020 shirts for regular ticket buyers.
17 Regions – One Champion
Acer’s press release indicates that the teams scheduled to compete in the Finals would still be invited in spite of the postponement. 12 Dota 2 teams and 16 PUBG teams from 17 different regions are scheduled to play. The total prize pool for both games is $400,000, with the winners likely getting direct invites to defend their championship in the next year of Predator League.
Of these teams, notable names such as TNC Predator, Neon Esports, Reality Rift, Boom Esports, and Flower Gaming headline the competition for Dota 2. Meanwhile, the PUBG lineup is graced by the likes of ArkAngel Predator and Miraculum Gaming.
The postponement could mean anything to these teams. Teams could see this as additional time for them to train and prepare for their more popular opponents. On the other hand, less stable teams could see this is an opportunity to disband. We haven’t heard any official word from the teams yet, but as an example, we’ve seen some members of the Lowkey Esports team for Dota 2 compete under the name GoodFellaz in other tournaments. Still, it’s a long road ahead between now and Spring 2021. Disbanded teams could yet reform.
Nexplay Predator Esports
Nexplay and Predator enjoy a fruitful partnership in the realm of mobile esports. Since signing their partnership last year, Nexplay Predator enjoyed great success in tournaments. Leading the charge is AkoSiDogie‘s ML:BB team. His team has just recently won the NXT Pro Invitational and finished 2nd in the ONE Esports MLI PH Qualifiers.
Nexplay Predator esports allows the two companies to express their passion towards the mobile gaming community, one that Nexplay further supports through its very own app. The Nexplay app is your on-demand, on-the-go mobile gaming livestreaming service, that puts mobile esports within the reach of your thumbs. Out on both Android and iOS, Nexplay allows gamers to build meaningful relationships with streamers and to fans alike.