Garena Malaysia launches Arena of Valor
By Chong Jinn Xiung October 19, 2017
- Will hold its first major gaming event at Comic Fiesta in December
- Garena Malaysia partners Digi and Maxis to offer free monthly data for playing AOV
GARENA, the digital entertainment platform under Sea Group, announced that mobile gamers across Malaysia are able to play for Arena Of Valor (AOV), Asia Pacific’s market-leading mobile game co-developed by Tencent Games.
First launched in Taiwan in October 2016, AOV is a 5v5 Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) that is designed for easy control on your mobile phone.
It has since been released in numerous Southeast Asia regions such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. It has hit the number one spot on both the App Store and Play Store charts across the region.
Upon release, players are able to acquire up to 14 permanent heroes for free. Completing the tutorial alone grants players two free heroes, all within the first 20 minutes of gameplay.
Players will then be set upon the Road to Glory quest that will see them acquire another eight free champions just by playing three games for each of them. The remaining four heroes can be obtained simply by playing with friends.
In Taiwan, AOV eSports competes at various levels from grassroots tournaments of international corporations, professional gaming tournaments by Garena and global events between North America, Europe, Korea, Middle East with a staggering RM 30 million prize pool.
Garena product manager for mobile game operations Goh Jian Hao says, “We are excited to launch Arena of Valor in Malaysia as Asia represents a multi-billion dollar gaming industry with 80% of its gamers playing mobile games.
“As a games publisher, Garena has spearheaded various top-tier titles across Southeast Asia to great effect. As we welcome the latest addition to our growing list, we aim for AOV to be positioned as the best mobile experience for gamers in Malaysia.”
Digi Telecommunications and Maxis have plans to provide free monthly Internet for gamers to play AOV in Malaysia.
The special offer is expected to kick-off later this year, which will allow most Digi Internet users to play 300 - 500 games of AOV on Digi Network for free every month.
“Digi has always been at the forefront of digital services especially in gaming, video and music services. Garena is a key partner which share the same vision to build a cohesive relationship with the gaming community.
“Arena of Valor is probably the most anticipated game of the year and we are delighted to work with Garena to bring this experience to our customers,” says Digi Digital Products and Services head Prashant Pathmanaban.
Garena Malaysia’s partnerships manager Fern Yea says, “As the region’s leading game publisher, we make it a priority for our game titles to be accessible to the community. Through our collaboration with Digi, gamers in Malaysia now have the opportunity to play Arena of Valor more freely. We are extremely grateful to find like-minded partners in Digi who share a vision of growing the local gaming industry.”
AOV will host their first major gaming event during Comic Fiesta, Malaysia’s largest comics, games and animation convention in Dec 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Hall.