A new format was announced for the regular season, where the teams will play each four times, twice at home and twice away, a deviation from the earlier seasons where teams played each other thrice. Also, the league added Hoops Fest to the regular season schedule. The mid-season tournament was played over two days and the two games played by each team counted towards their regular season records. The playoff format was also changed: both the semifinals and the finals will be best-of-five series, instead of best-of-three in the previous seasons (in the inaugural season, the finals was a best-of-five series).
The first ever ABL Hoops Fest, an annual mid-season showcase of the league, was added in the 2013 ABL season on 4 March 2013. All six teams will converge on a host city for the three day contest, which will also include a slam dunk and three point shootout contest. The matchups are made via a random draw during the pre-season. Points obtained during Hoops Fest will count towards the teams’ total points for the regular season. Saigon, Vietnam was chosen as the host for the first edition of the competition, which was held 15 March 2013 to 17 March 2013.