21 July 2022: AIS eSports is wowing Thai eSports again with the biggest Pokémon Unite tournament in Thailand in partnership with The Pokémon Company, to celebrate Pokémon Unite’s first anniversary of launch in the games market. AIS 5G eSports Open Thailand 2022: Pokémon Unite. The tournament has been long-awaited by gamers of the Pokémon franchise and its loveable characters Pikachu, Cinderace, Venusaur, Charizard and Snorlax, among many others. It is a new kind of multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, not fighting only to attack the other’s goal zone, but a focus on teamwork and making a plan of attack, while collectively summoning Aeos energy to get the most points when dunking a goal zone within 10 minutes. Game play is in 5-a-side teams focussed on teamplay and planning. Pokémon Unite follows on from The Pokémon Company’s release of Pokémon Go, which was hugely popular with fans playing through their mobile phones. Pokémon Unite has opened applications from gamers of all age groups competing as teams. All Pokémon trainers are invited to form teams to compete for prize money of over 600,000 THB.
Ms Rungthip Charusiripipat, Managing Director – Entertainment & Content Partnership, said, “Today, AIS eSports is partnering with The Pokémon Company from Japan to host 5G eSports Open Thailand 2022: Pokémon Unite, the first Pokémon Unite tournament in Thailand. Pokémon fans now have the opportunity to showcase their potential, as we welcome a number of new faces to the top gamers of Thai eSports. This game has a huge number of fans in Thailand with Pokémon fans making over 1,000,000 downloads. In Thailand, there is a trend of great interest in mobile games in the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre, which feature planning in real time. Both partners also have the sincere intention to develop Thai ecosystems for eSports and be a hub supporting the growth of a community for gamers, giving them the space to hone their skills and enhance their capabilities. For these reasons, we joined forces to host an official tournament, which will be the biggest ever game of Pokémon Unite in Thailand.”
Pokémon Unite was developed by The Pokémon Company in Japan as a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game planned in real time. It has been exceptionally popular in Thailand with over 1,000,000 downloads. Meanwhile on 21 July 2022 it is the first birthday of Pokémon Unite.
As a result, AIS 5G eSports Open Thailand 2022: Pokémon Unite is the biggest ever eSports Pokémon Unite tournament in Thailand. It is open to gamers aged 15-35 playing as teams of five. Entry is free and there are prizes worth over 600,000 THB, as well as many other exclusive privileges obtained through Item Codes, and many other premiums from The Pokémon Company. To support gamers on the AIS network, they can apply for the internet package of Maomao Game Package which includes Pokémon Unite with no extra internet charge.
“Hosting this Pokémon Unite tournament underlines the commitment of AIS eSports to develop the professional ecosystems required by eSports in Thailand. There are clear opportunities for this game as it attracts many more players. Pokémon Unite has international-level tournaments in its future. When that day arrives, Thailand will have its representatives ready for the competition. We are confident that this tournament will be a great first step for future eSports undertakings in Thailand. Our goal remains focused on building up Thai eSports communities to grow in the future, in line with the growth of the eSports industry, and Thailand’s digital economy,” concluded Rungthip.