Riot Games, the developer, and publisher of Wild Rift, announced the official esports event for Japan, the Wild Rift Japan Cup 2022, which is scheduled to kick off from the last week of February. It will be an online tournament. The event will share a decent 3,000,000 Japanese Yen ($26,000) for the Opening Stage teams. Undoubtedly, there’ll be a huge amount that Riot will announce later.
WJC 2022 has a direct slot for the champion team in the upcoming Wild Rift Icons Global Championship, this year’s global event for Wild Rift, which will be held in Europe. Moreover, the runner-up team will also get a chance to participate in the play-in stage of Wild Rift Icons.
Wild Rift Japan Cup (WJC) 2022: Everything you need to know
Japan Cup was held in the previous year as well with a seed to the Horizon Cup 2021. Following a similar model, this event of 2022 will also send two teams for global competition. WJC 2022 will have two stages: the opening stage and the main stage.
The top two teams from the opening stage will advance to the group stage of WJC: Main Stage where they’ll join the qualified teams from the qualifiers.
The initial stage is the opening stage where teams will fight in a Bo1 format to qualify for the next round. The quarterfinals and the semifinals will be played Bo3 while the grand final will be a Bo5.
- Entry period: January 28 – February 10
- Event period: February 27 – March 6
- Type: Online
- Format: Qualifier Bo1, Quarter and Semis Bo3, Grand Final Bo5
Similar to the opening stage, the main stage will be held online. Starting from 2 April, this part will conclude on 8 May. More details will be revealed later.
- Type: Online
- Entry period: First week of March
- Event period: April 2 – May 8
Wild Rift Japan Cup 2022 is for Japanese players only
The event will be a Japanese players-only tournament. Due to the influence of coronavirus, the registered teams must have at least 60% of the starters’ Japanese nationality, Japanese permanent residence or special permanent residence, and players from within Japan. Finally, it is a great chance for every esports-focused team to prove themselves and also represent Japan on the global stage.