Singapore, 28 November 2017 – Super Evil Megacorp, the developers of the world’s leading mobile esport Vainglory, has announced a partnership with Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) to bring leadership training, through Vainglory, to thousands of youths in the country. The program is slated to begin in December 2017 during the school holidays, with the support of local schools, aims to provide leadership training for up to 2,000 youths over three years.
“We have seen many of our young players learn important life skills by being a part of the Vainglory community, and this partnership makes that a focus,” said Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of Super Evil Megacorp. “Singapore is the country where Vainglory first launched, so we’re happy to take our connection with the country and its youth even further with SCOGA’s Esports Academy.”
Supported by the Inter-Ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee (ICSC), SCOGA selected Vainglory for its established competitive scene in South East Asia which, as a region, has the fastest growing esports audience in the world (Newzoo 2016). Vainglory will be used as a tool to nurture leaders in the esports industry who can bring about positive influences to their peers.
“We chose to partner with Super Evil Megacorp because we saw huge potential in the Vainglory community in Singapore,” said Kelvin Tan, President of SCOGA. “By adopting a learn-by-playing approach, our goal is to impart life-skills to the youth that can be applied in their future careers, should that be in esports or otherwise. The use of popular games among youth like Vainglory allows us to engage them in a way they better understand.”
With the support of the National Youth Council, SCOGA’s Esports Academy has already seen more than 500 sign-ups in 2017. This partnership will further develop Singapore’s esports ecosystem including developing esports athletes and shoutcasters.
“It is awesome to see young Singaporean gamers already making ripples in the region, such as our very own Vainglory team which recently won the regional qualifiers in Jakarta, trained by Singaporean esports academy mentors under the Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA). Supported by the National Youth Council, SCOGA will help host the world championship right here in Singapore at the year end! Be there to support our gaming athletes “Quatervois” (Amos Shun, 17), “deftQ” (Tan Jing Yu, 17) and “Bluexidy” (Ng Jun Xian, 18) as they fly our Singapore flag high!” said Mr. David Chua, CEO of National Youth Council.
The partnership comes hand-in-hand with the Vainglory 2017 World Championship at Singapore’s Kallang Theatre from December 14-17. The event will determine the best Vainglory team in the world as well as unveil Vainglory’s 5v5 mode to a global audience of millions, who tune in to the competition’s streams and VODs. Tickets are free of charge and are available at http://vaingloryworlds2017.peatix.com/.
Vainglory is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game, developed and published by Super Evil Megacorp for iOS and Android devices. The game features traditional elements of the PC game genre, where players of two opposing teams fight to destroy the enemy base by controlling the path between the bases, which is lined by turrets and guarded by AI controlled enemy creatures. Players may also battle for control points that supply extra resources, often giving teams the edge in destroying the enemy base.
Optimized for touch-based controls and portability, Vainglory features simplified gameplay mechanics and an intuitive interface for the ultimate mobile MOBA experience. Powered by Super Evil’s proprietary E.V.I.L.™engine, Vainglory delivers console-quality graphics, precision controls and online gameplay experiences not possible with an out-of-the-box tablet engine solution.
Vainglory’s upcoming 5v5 mode will offer the definitive 5v5 MOBA experience by rewarding mechanical skill and meaningful decisions around team compositions, objectives and rotational strategies — all while ensuring the most precise controls and the most beautiful graphics optimized across the widest range of devices. The 5v5 map was built from the ground up by former competitive players and designers from leading PC MOBAs and continues Vainglory’s focus on strategic and tactical depth.
SCOGA’s vision for the academy involves creating a centre of excellence around esports and youth leadership. The academy deploys a learn-by-playing approach by using competitive video games to create the learning environment. The academy also uses peer learning methods of training, by creating opportunities for esports celebrities to interact with youth trainees, allowing them to cross-share experiences and tell stories.
About Super Evil Megacorp
Super Evil Megacorp is a team of masters-at-their-craft game developers. The company’s flagship title, Vainglory, is the world’s #1 mobile esport, boasting more than 3,000 teams, 1 billion matches played, and leagues in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. Vainglory experienced a monumental first year in esports in 2016, awarding the largest prize pool ever for a mobile esport event at $120,000, generating 25,000+ concurrent views for its inaugural World Championship, and welcoming some of the largest esports franchises in the world to the Vainglory lineup including TSM, Cloud9, G2 esports, SK Gaming, Team Secret, mousesports and DetonatioN Gaming. Six more diverse and high profile esports franchises – Fnatic, Echo Fox, NRG, Rogue, Immortals and Misfits – have now joined the competition, making Vainglory poised for an even more eventful 2017. Super Evil Megacorp is currently 45 people strong and is hiring. The company has raised $63M in funding from backers including General Catalyst, Index Ventures, Signia Venture Partners, Korea Investment Partners, CrossCut Ventures, Initial Capital, The Raine Group, ZhenFund, Yuri Milner, and Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital. Super Evil Megacorp is based in San Mateo, CA. For more information, visit http://www.superevilmegacorp.com/ and http://www.vainglorygame.com/.