AcadArena, a national initiative to promote competitive esports around various campuses in the Philippines, along with Globe Telecom, has partnered with perhaps one of the most relevant esports Publishers to date — Riot Games Southeast Asia to forge a partnership that will further develop student-lead and student-focused gaming initiatives in the country.
This partnership with Riot Games Southeast Asia — the developers of hit titles League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra and VALORANT — is a major milestone for AcadArena, which serves as the strategic partner for Globe Telecom for campus esports in the Philippines and a key partner for Twitch Student in Southeast Asia.
Coming from the heel of one of the major advancements in campus esports activites such as the the first esports merit scholarship in Southeast Asia, this partnership with Riot puts steam in AcadArena and Globe’s movement in the local esports scene.
“Collegiate-level esports is an important step in nurturing the next generation of professional players and video game industry professionals, and we are excited to work closely with Esports AcadArena and Globe Telecom to bring our games to campuses in the Philippines,” said Chris Tran, Head of Esports at Riot Games Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
Starting things off with a loud BANG, Riot Games Southeast Asia and AcadArena’s partnership will be kicked-off by VALORANT’s inclusion in the University Alliance Cup where competing students will battle it out for the insane prize pool of more than Php 500,000 (Php 450,000 + Php 160,000 from UAC), the biggest in this category!
Aside from that, the winner of the University Alliance Cup gets the represent the Philippines in PVP Esports Campus Championship on December 12-13. This is a regional tournament, a huge undertaking by the guys from PVP Esports.
UAC is made up of members of the AcadArena Alliance, a national network of accredited student-organizations across the Philippines. Alliance members receive funding, training and support from AcadArena in order to establish their campus esports ecosystem.
In addition, Legends of Runeterra will be a regularly featured game in AcadArena’s weekly community events, while League of Legends: Wild Rift on mobile is expected to be included in UAC upon its release.
“Globe has always been at the forefront of supporting the grassroots initiatives for esports in colleges and universities,” said Dennis Christian Dominguez, Head of Games and Esports for Globe Telecom. “As a strategic partner for Riot Games and AcadArena we look forward to working with both to continue making gaming and esports related programs that will benefit the school and the students across the Philippines.”
“We’re grateful for the trust put on us by both Globe and Riot in being a key campus esports partner here in the Philippines,” said AcadArena founder Ariane Lim. “More announcements will come in the next months.”
To know more about AcadArena and what it can do for your school, visit acadarena.com/alliance