Riot Games is excited to introduce the Empyrean Cup 2023, the inaugural League of Legends (League) open tournament in the Philippines, marking a return to competitive gaming since Riot reacquired the publishing rights for League and Teamfight Tactics in the Asia Pacific (APAC) earlier this year.

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Scheduled from mid-September to early November 2023, a total of 256 teams will compete in the tournament’s open qualifiers.

Empyrean Cup 2023 schedule and dates

A total of 256 teams will be competing in a high-stakes tournament, split into two qualifying phases, each accommodating 128 teams.

Empyrean Cup 2023 September qualifier

  • August 29 – Registration start date
  • September 16 to 17 – Qualifier dates

Empyrean Cup 2023 October qualifier

  • September 22 – Registration start date
  • October 14 to 15 – Qualifier dates
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Empyrean Cup 2023 Grand Finals

  • November 3 to 5 – Offline tournament at ESGS

Note that registration for the online qualifiers will be on a first-come, first-served basis on this website.

The top four teams from each leg will fight for a spot in the Grand Finals, scheduled to take place offline at the Esports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) from November 3-5, 2023.

Empyrean Cup 2023 League of Legends Tournament
Credit: Riot Games

Empyrean Cup 2023 prize pool

The top four teams will compete for a substantial prize pool of PH₱1 million (US$17,600).

Notably, this thrilling showdown coincides with the Worlds 2023 Qualifiers, adding an extra layer of excitement to the League competitive scene.

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Joel Guzman, the Country Manager of Riot Games, Philippines, expressed, “This marks a significant milestone for us as we reaffirm Riot’s dedication to serving the League community in the Philippines. Following the recent launch of our local League servers, we are excited to put them to the test by hosting this major competitive event. The Empyrean Cup is just the beginning, as we plan to revitalize the League competitive scene here, offering more opportunities for Filipino players to shine on the global stage.”

Empyrean Cup 2023 registration and eligibility

Participants must be a resident of the Philippines, present government-accepted IDs, and register online via the tournament’s official Google Forms page.

There are no gender restrictions for teams, as long as all participants meet the eligibility requirements.

View the full Empyrean Cup rulebook for more details.

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