Gank, Smite, Cheer at Garena Star League on April 1

BANGKOK — Tens of thousands of gamers and game fans are expected at Thailand’s biggest e-sports tournament, which marks its fifth edition next month.

The Garena Star League, hosted by Thailand’s largest gaming company, will showcase e-sports talents from home and abroad at its intensive two-day, knock-out tournament on April Fools’ Day.

But mind you – the event is no joke – as only one of 16 competing teams will emerge victorious to clinch the 200,000 baht prize and go on to represent Thailand at the Point Blank World Challenge in May in Moscow, Russia. Runners-up and third placed finishers will have to settle for 80,000 baht and 30,000 baht purses, respectively.

Previous editions of the tournament packed in large crowds of passionate gamers, something that looks to be replicated at the upcoming competition. Games will include Realm of Valor, Blade and Soul, Fifa, League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth.

Entry is free. Garena Star League will run from 10am to 8pm at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, or BITEC, in Bang Na, which can be reached by a 10 minute walk or taxi ride from BTS Bang Na.