Garena is a digital services company that engages in gaming, eSports, eCommerce and digital finance, primarily focusing on the South East Asian area. It was founded in Singapore in 2009, by current Chairman and Group CEO, Forrest Li. The parent company of Garena is Sea Limited, which also formerly called Garena.. Garena currently handles League of Legends publishing for Southeast Asia.
Garena Southeast Asia Region
Garena SEA dedicates servers in:
- The Philippines
- Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao
- Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia
- This server also hosts for Indonesia. The Indonesian server was shut down on 16th May 2019 12:01 am WIB (GMT +7) in order to merge it with with the Singapore and Malaysian servers.
Each Server has its own Headquarters and pricing for Champions, Skins, Bundles, etc. Currently, Server transfer is not available to these servers.
Garena Platform (formerly Garena+) is the application used to login, install, download/update, and open the League of Legends client, which cannot be launched independently. The patch release is a little delayed compared to other Riot servers.
There is no Normal Draft Pick in the SEA region.
Garena and Future Riot Games
- More Info: Riot Games Southeast Asia FAQ
Lucky Crates is a Garena-exclusive system that functions like a lootbox. you can get different rewards like Orange Essence, Blue Essence, Key Fragments, Hextech Chests, Masterwork Chests, Champion permanents or summoner icons. By default, there are 5 Lucky Creates: Champion Top,Champion Jungle, Champion Mid, Champion Bot and Champion Support, which award a random champion permanent according to their respective lane. The Champion crates cost 250 Riot Points. Other types of Lucky Crates may appear during events.
Store and Riot Points
League of Legends Southeast Asia has different skin tier price per server due to the differences in average income per region. The available methods to get certain cosmestics may also be changed. Token costs for event items are higher than Riot servers. Some cosmestic items available in Riot servers are locked behind events and paywall while some exclusive contents can be obtained. For example, prestige skins are removed from Hextech Crafting in most Garena servers. Except for the Vietnam and Taiwan servers, all other servers follow the same skin rarity tier guideline of Riot Games with consistent pricing. In Vietnam server, skin price and skin tier are chosen based on the popularity of the champion and the skin line. In Taiwan server, prestige points were recently removed from Hextech crafting and Prestige point skins can only be obtained through lottery events. In addition, Garena servers also have their own loot systems separated from Hextech Crafting. There are regular discount events instead of weekly skin sales. Garena Shells are the currency used to purchase .
More info: Garena Shells to RP Update
- Rampage 2012-2017: The annual 2-days League of Legends event held in the Philippines. There are special E-sport events like Celebrity Showmatch (5v5 between local celebrities in the Philippines) and champion cosplaying. The ticket have 3 classes: Basic, Premium, and Deluxe. Each tickets have their own exclusive freebies (Skins, Jackets, T-Shirts, etc.) and perks.
- Globe Conquerors Manila: Globe Conquerors Manila replaced Rampage event. Globe Conquerors Manila introduced new events like Cosplay Clash, Runeterra Art Event, Teamfight Tactics showdown, and SEA Invitational.
- In January 2020, Garena Philippines dropped the price of Volcanic Wukong from to until January 31, 2020. This is meant to raise awareness for the concerning activity of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines, which began to spew ash and lava fountains earlier this month.
- Wikipedia Garena