As 2020 came to a close, stakeholders and organisations in Southeast Asia began to prepare for the future, announcing partnerships and plans for 2021.

Here are the major esports business stories coming out out of SEA in the month of December, in collaboration with AFK Gaming.  

ESL set to host Wild Rift competitions in Malaysia and Thailand in 2021

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As one of the official partners for Riot Games’ Wild Rift, ESL will operate official tournaments for the publisher in Malaysia and Thailand in 2021. The competitive circuit will kick off in April with open qualifiers and local events leading up to larger and grander events on a national and international scale.

Additionally, the ESL Play platform will be used to host Wild Rift Open Cups as a way to boost grassroots competition. The organiser will also host a collegiate event in Thailand in the coming year. 

You can read more about the story here. 

Cambodia and Laos join the IESF

The International Esports Federation or IESF has announced the addition of seven new members to take their membership to one hundred participants. The new members include Cambodia and Laos from SEA among other nations across the world such as Venezuela, Bahrain, Estonia, Hungary and Wales. 

You can read more about the story here. 

Mobile Gaming viewership exceeds expectations

In 2020, Free Fire continued its journey as one of the most