Two Vietnamese esports teams to compete at world championship

VOV.VN - Two local esports teams - Gam Esports (GAM) and Saigon Buffalo (SGB) - are set to represent Vietnam at the 2022 League of Legends World Championship.

The Vietnamese sides will compete against 22 other foreign teams to vie for prize money of US$2.3 million.

The championship is scheduled to kick off on September 29 in Mexico City's Arena Esports Stadium before concluding on November 5 in San Francisco.

GAM are notable for having won the national championship seven times and most recently the 31st SEA Games in May. This year saw the team become the Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) Summer Season's champions and earn one of nine tickets to directly qualify for the Group Stage, due to be held from October 7 to 10 and from October 13 to 16 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

GAM are in Group C with ⁠⁠Rogue of Europe, ⁠⁠Top Esports of China, and a to-be-decided team from the Play-in Stage.

Elsewhere, SGB, the VCS’ first runner-up, are one of the 12 sides which will be drawn into two pools starting from the Play-in Stage. SGB have been placed in Pool B against Istanbul Wildcats of Turkey, Isurus of Latin America, DRX of the Republic of Korea, MAD Lions of Europe, and Royal Never Give Up of China.

Each team will play one game against every other team in their group. Group winners will then automatically advance to the Group Stage. The second, third, and fourth-placed teams will vie for two Group Stage slots through playoff matches.

The best four from the Play-in Stage will then join the 12 teams who directly qualified for the Group Stage.

These 16 teams will then be split into four groups of four, with each competitor playing against every team in their group twice. The top two teams from each of the four groups will subsequently advance to the Knockout Stage.