Team Secret Joins Vainglory eSports; Update 1.14 Marks Lunar New Year Celebration
Thanks to you, Super Evil Megacorp had an incredible 2015. Vainglory grew faster than we ever expected to become the biggest mobile eSport in the world. The size of our audience reached more than 20M stream views last year, and our 2015 global prize pool was more than $350,000, which we expect to grow significantly in 2016. We’ve already seen 700+ competitive teams sign up for Winter Season 2016 official tournaments, which is a 100% increase from Autumn Season 2015. This season we’re going global and running official qualifier tournaments in Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and South America. And, today we have five exciting announcements to make:
1. Team Secret Acquires Winner of Europe Autumn Live Championship
We’re very excited to see more professional eSports organizations join the competitive landscape. Team Secret, the storied DOTA 2 team with four first-place finishes in 2015, has acquired Media Pixel eSport, the French team that stormed the Autumn Live Championships with a unique playstyle, provocative hero comps and unforgettable Phinn hooks from their star roamer.
“We have a long history of competing on the PC platform, and we’re very excited to expand to touch screens. Vainglory has a rapidly growing competitive community that we want to be a part of from early on. We look forward to competing in future tournaments around the world” said Kemal Sadikoglu, Team Director at Team Secret.
2: Lunar New Year will arrive to the Halcyon Fold in February
Vainglory Update 1.14 will be a celebration of the Lunar New Year. The Halcyon Fold will have a new Lunar-themed map, including fireworks and other visually stunning effects. A new hero will enter the Fold, celebrating the Year of the Monkey: Ozo is an acrobatic jungler with distinct and rewarding weapon and crystal build paths. Ozo seeks out fights, bounces between targets (literally) and delivers devastating area-of-effect damage with his razor-sharp ring. We are also adding a new limited-edition Lunar New Year skin for Koshka, only available in Update 1.14, as well as introducing the Fury Rona Tier I skin. Full release notes for 1.14 coming soon!
3: We have partnered closely with VGL to move to a more unified global eSports Structure
We have hired the largest community-run Vainglory eSports organization, Vaingloryleague (VGL) to bring competitive Vainglory events to the community. VGL has run tournaments in Europe and North America, and we’re excited to announce that South America and Korea will have their own qualifying structures under the VGL umbrella. We look forward to the first-ever South American VGL Qualifiers as well as the first Southeast Asian official qualifier tournaments: the Tesseract Qualifier Series that will be organized by our community in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and India under the banner of Tesseract eSports.
Growing our global structure with VGL is a natural step for us, as the organization has been part of the larger Super Evil Megacorp family well before Vainglory launched globally. We are very pleased to have the founders Tomek “bluberryz” Borowka and Jonathan “DonJon” Sakoucky join our Super Evil team full-time. Our aim is to build a game together with our community that is played for decades to come also on the competitive front. We continue to work together with our community and will support other community-run initiatives as usual, including tournaments run around the globe.
4: Winter Championship Dates Confirmed - Tickets on Sale now
We have confirmed the dates for the Winter Championships! The eight top teams in Europe and North America will compete for the season’s championship and bragging rights. North American players will return to the eSports Arena in Santa Ana, California March 11-13. In Europe, the event will be held at the London at the Gfinity Arena March 18-20! Tickets for both are now available and can be purchased for $12 at:
http://vainglorywinterna.eventbrite.com (North America)
Get your tickets now!
Also, check out this brand new video about last year’s eSports highlights:
5: We’re hiring!
Our team is growing. Last year, our team grew from 20 people to almost 50 and we’re looking for more talent to join us. We currently have more than 10 open requests at our San Mateo office, in positions ranging from game engineers to back-end developers to hero designers. We are building a game company focused on shattering preconceived notions about what’s possible. With Vainglory, we’ve shown that the mobile platform can support world-class core gameplay, and we’re looking for likeminded people to join us. See our open positions at www.superevilmegacorp.com.