On May 5, Tencent Games announced plans for its Honor of Kings World Cup. The company plans to commit a total prize pool of RMB 16 million ($ 2.36 million USD)
Tencent has stated that the Honor of Kings World Champion Cup is considered the “top-level international tournament” in its Honor of Kings tournament system, for this it will allocate significant funds for its development.
The tournament series will be hosted in three different cities. From 10 to 21 July, the group stage of the tournament will be hosted in Seoul, South Korea; from 27 July to 3 August, the knockout phase will be hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Grand Final will be hosted in the Chinese city of Shenzhen on August 10th. The city of Shenzhen is also the headquarters of the headquarters of Tencent Holding.
Twelve teams will compete in this tournament and the winner will receive over $ 1M (42%) of the total prize pool. The first two teams of each King Pro League (KPL) and Korea King Pro League (KRKPL) Spring Season will be directly invited to the tournament. The remaining eight points will be occupied by four KPL teams and four KRKPL teams, with both regions to host their own qualifiers. The KPL qualifier will be hosted in Shanghai, China, from 6 to 9 June. The KRKPL qualifier will be hosted in Seoul, South Korea, from June 24th to July 1st.
Tencent recently updated its Honor of Kings tournament system, adding four franchised teams to the KRKPL spring season including the Nova Sports European team, the North American GOG team, the Hong Kong CW team and the Macao EMC team.
The Honor of Kings Champion Cup should not be confused with the Arena of Valor 2019 World Cup, also announced recently. Arena of Valor is the international adaptation of Honor of Kings (officially titled Wangzhe Rongyao in Chinese), and features different content and a separate export tournament circuit.