Acer announced that the Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 will be postponed to spring 2021 in the Philippines due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of the gaming community remains the company’s primary concerns, and it has been working closely with public health authorities and their advisories.
The same qualifying teams from the local preliminary competitions will attend the finale in Spring 2021, and the event has been renamed as Predator League 2020/2021 with a prize pool of USD400,000 (or almost PHP20M).
“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.
He added: “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.”
Almost 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the tournament, which was originally scheduled to take place last February at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City in Manila. A total of 17 regions entered the local qualifier competitions held from October 2019.
As a token of appreciation for the patience of the whole Predator community, a complimentary drawstring bag with limited-edition Predator League 2020 shirt and face mask will be given away for those who purchased VIP tickets; and a Predator shirt for regular ticket buyers. Further instructions on claiming will be posted on Predator Gaming’s social media pages.
The inaugural Asia Pacific Predator League was held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2018 to reinforce the Predator brand’s commitment to supporting the gaming industry in the region. The second edition in 2019 was held at Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, watched by over 10,000 fans in real-time. It garnered 4.3 million views online and the peak concurrent viewership reached 123,000.