Garena World goes digital in 2021 and lines up an immersive experience for fans across Southeast Asia and the region

Garena today announced that it will host Garena World 2021 on April 3 and 4 in Thailand. This year, Southeast Asia's biggest gaming and esports event will take on a fully-digital format that will look to offer fans an immersive online experience. Using a combination of cutting-edge technologies and fan engagement features, Garena will invite fans to step into an "Interactive Virtual World" that will offer them the best of both online and offline formats.


Look forward to a showcase of cutting-edge technologies and fan engagement features at Southeast Asia's biggest gaming and esports event, happening on April 3 and 4

Delighting the senses using advanced technologies

Garena World 2021 will deploy a suite of advanced technologies to delight the senses and deepen audience immersion. This will come in the use of virtual production technologies, as well as augmented reality (AR), visual effects (VFX), and full animation.

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Krit Pattanateacha, Senior Director - Head of Garena Thailand, said: "These technologies are used in many large-scale films to deliver high-quality production value. Our fans have been waiting for this event since our last edition in 2019, so we wanted to go all out to make sure they enjoy Garena World 2021 – even as they remain safe in their own homes."

Replicating social interactions in the "Interactive Virtual World"

The Garena World 2021 official website has been expanded to include a host of social interaction and community engagement features – to replicate the on-site buzz of offline events. The platform will include a dedicated live streaming platform which will enable viewers to express themselves through public and private chat functions and customisable avatars.

Viewers in Thailand will also be able to complete mini-games to win tokens that can be exchanged for exciting in-game and physical rewards from Arena of Valor (AOV), Free Fire, FIFA Online 4, Call of Duty®: Mobile – Garena, and FAIRY TAIL: Forces Unite! They will get the physical items delivered directly to their homes completely free of charge.

Gathering the best esports talent from the region

As is traditional, Garena World 2021 will bring together the region's best and brightest esports talent. This year, they will compete in tournaments spanning four of Garena's hit titles – AOV, Free Fire, FIFA Online 4, and Call of Duty®: Mobile – Garena. Combined, Garena World 2021 will bring together 39 teams from across nine regions as they compete for a slice of the US$660,000 (19 million baht) prize pool.
  1. RoV Pro League 2021 Summer: Thailand's best AOV teams will battle in the grand finals for a portion of the US$300,000 (10,000,000 baht) prize pool and a ticket to the Arena of Valor World Cup (AWC) 2021, one of the game's biggest tournaments in the region.
  2. Free Fire Pro League Season 4 Presented by DTAC: Thailand's top Free Fire teams will compete for the lion's share of the US$160,000 (5,000,000 baht) prize pool and chance to book a place in the Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore, the game's iconic international tournament.
  3. FIFAe Champions Cup Spring 2021: The top teams from China, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, will compete for a prize pool of around US$100,000 (3,000,000 baht).
  4. Call of Duty®: Mobile – Garena Invitational 2021: The local champions from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand will compete for the title of regional champion and a prize pool of around US$40,000 (1,200,000 baht).
Giving back with "Garena Get & Give"

As Garena aims to uplift the gaming and esports industry, Garena World 2021 will host a series of knowledge sharing sessions called "Garena Get & Give"to educate young people on career opportunities within the industry and in the wider digital economy. The speakers will include:
  • Mr. Parimet Wongsatayanon, CEO of Urnique Studio and Creative Director of Timelie
  • Assoc. Prof. Banyapon Poolsawas, Lecturer, Department of Interactive Design and Game Development, Faculty of Information Technology, Dhurakij Pundite University
  • Dr. Phattanapon Rhienmora, Head of Games and Interactive Media Department, School of Information Technology and Innovation, Bangkok University
Garena World 2021 will also see the launch of the inaugural Garena Awards, in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports and Tourism in Thailand, to honour role models in the Thai gaming and esports industries. This will continue Garena's efforts to elevate and professionalise esports in Thailand and drive forward the nation's digital economy.

The entirety of Garena World 2021 will be broadcast live on the Garena World 2021 official website from April 3 to April 4. Access to all parts of the event is completely free.

About Garena

Garena is a leading global online games developer and publisher. Free Fire, its self-developed mobile battle royale title, was the most downloaded mobile game in the world in 2019 and 2020, according to App Annie.

Garena is run by passionate gamers and has a unique understanding of what gamers want. It exclusively licenses and publishes hit titles from global partners – such as Arena of Valor, Call of Duty: Mobile, and League of Legends – in selected markets globally. Garena champions social and entertainment experiences through games, enabling its communities to engage and interact. Garena is also a leading esports organiser and hosts some of the world's biggest esports events.

Garena is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Garena, Sea's other core businesses include its e-commerce arm, Shopee, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.

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