The second season of the Asia Pro League, hosted by 1NE eSports, will be starting this weekend with the eight best Asian teams battling it out for a prize pool of $3,000. Teams were invited to participate in the biggest Asian tournament to-date based their performance throughout 17 qualifying tournaments over the past few months.
The format follows that of the RLCS with a few minor changes. League Play will take place from May 12th to June 23rd with the Finals following on June 30th. League Play will consist of a double round-robin with every team playing two best-of-fives each week. The standings will use a point system with each individual game win giving the team a point. The top four teams after the seven weeks will qualify for the Finals, which will consist of a best-of-seven single elimination bracket.
1NE eSports will be running dual broadcasts each week with an English stream and a Japanese stream. Each stream will be broadcasting their own set of four matches and therefore every match of the event will be streamed live on either one of the channels. The English stream will be casted by Byza and Cole with the Japanese stream casted by Kokken.
Additionally, we will be providing full statistics for the event which can be found here once the event begins. This is sure to be an important event for the future of the Asian scene as people around the world will be looking to see the skill level of the Asian players under a high-stakes environment. A successful event will likely bring the Asian region to Psyonix's eyes and could potentially lead to expanding the RLCS to include Asia in the future.