AIC 2020 sets to return on November 19. Photo courtesy of Arena of Valor.
Reigning champion Team Flash and two more Vietnamese esport teams will play in the 2020 Arena of Valor International Championship (AIC) in November.
Tencent Games and Garena, organizers of AIC, announced that this year’s event would be held online from November 19 to December 20.
It will have a group stage (November 19-29) and then the quarterfinals (December 2-6), semifinals (December 12-13) and the grand final (December 20).
Top teams from Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, China, and other countries will play for total prize money of $500,000, which organizers claimed is among the highest in esports, with the winners taking home $200,000.
Vietnamese teams Saigon Phantom and Box Gaming also secured spots in the tournament as the finalists in this year’s regional tournament in their home country.
Last year Team Flash won the tournament by beating Thailand’s Buriram United 4-1.
Arena of Valor is a popular 3D, multiplayer online battle arena mobile game developed for iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.
Players compete in matches which last 12-18 minutes on average.