MSI Gaming Arena Will Be Hosting A University Championship In The Philippines For The First Time Ever

University students will have the opportunity to compete in one of the most interesting VALORANT competitions in the country, which will be conducted by MSI.

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Bringing its gaming arena closer to students in the Philippines is MSI, a world leader in gaming, multimedia creation, and AIoT solutions. Philippines' esports fans, gamers, and enthusiasts will be able to witness the company's first-ever University Championship matches between collegiate teams in Riot Game's popular first-person shooter, VALORANT, which will be broadcast live. This year's competition will take place from October 30 to December 4, but teams can register beginning on October 7.

Since its inception in Thailand, the MSI Gaming Arena (MGA) University Championship has expanded to include the countries of Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and now, the Philippines. As part of its mission to highlight the rise of esports in the country and to emphasize the value of friendship among colleges, even when no face-to-face interactions are possible, the event is being held during a pandemic outbreak.

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"MSI together with AcadArena, ESL Gaming, The Gaming Company, One Up esports, Riot Games, and VNG are proud to bring the heat and thrill of gaming experience among universities in the Philippines. We highly encourage the students to join the fun and the spirit of competition, hoping this could relieve a bit of their stress from the ongoing pandemic and online classes," MSI Philippines General Manager Jessica Chen said. She also added that the program will correspond as closely as feasible to the schedules of the local schools.

The tournament, which will be powered by the Philippines' very own Globe Telecom, will bring MSI's Gaming Arena University Championship to the local scene for the first time. Additionally, AcadArena, the foremost organization for Campus Gaming and Esports Education in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, has made this collaboration feasible. The smooth and thrilling experience that the audience and players will have as a result of these cooperation is guaranteed.

The following are the scheduled registration and tournament dates that aspiring teams must take note:
  • October 7 – 27 – Registration
  • October 30 – Qualifier #1
  • November 6 – Qualifier #2
  • November 13 – Qualifier #3
  • November 20 – Qualifier #4
  • November 27 – Quarter Finals
  • December 3 – Semis
  • December 4 – Finals
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Additionally, this is not your typical rank game on VALORANT, as MSI is bringing a prize pool of PHP 200,000 to the table, which will be divided among the victors of the first-ever Philippine University Championship, as well as other unique awards. The format for the upcoming tournament are as follows:

Qualifiers
  • Four (4) Qualifiers will be held every Saturday starting October 30 (Saturday).
  • The format for the qualifier will be a Single-Elimination best-of-1 bracket.
  • The top 2 teams from each of the 4 qualifier groups (a total of 8 teams) will be seeded into the playoffs.
  • Teams that have not yet placed Top 2 in a previous qualifier are free to register again in all succeeding qualifiers.
Playoffs
  • The playoffs will consist of eight (8) qualified teams from the qualifiers.
  • Teams will be soft seeded into a single-elimination bracket based on qualifier standing.
    • For example, a team that placed 1st in a qualifier will start the quarterfinals against a team that placed 2nd.
  • All matches will be a best-of-3 except for the Grand Finals which will be a best-of-5.

You can visit here for additional information about the tournament registration dates and other important details, while the registration link for the first qualifier is available here. You can also visit https://www.msi.com/Landing/MGAUniversityChampionship to know more about the tournament. Gather your team now and register soon as MGA awaits you!
 

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