Acer announced the winner of its 5th Edition of the mega eSports Tournament Acer Predator League India 2022, India held at Nexus Mall, Whitefield, Bengaluru where finalists from PUBG PC and DOTA2 competed against each other in the respective matches.
Team HAVK from PUBG PC and Revengers DOTA2 emerged as the ultimate winners to compete for the total prize pool of USD 400,000 at the Asia Pacific finals. This year’s event also marked the 2nd Edition of its exclusive Velorant event for women which was a huge success with thousands of registrations from women gamers.
Acer Predator League is a landmark event that was the culmination of long tough competition. The esports team was able to get together and participate this year thanks to the event being a physical one. The entire atmosphere at Nexus Mall, Whitefield was filled with gaming lovers and fanatics who witnessed some excellent clashes between the best teams. The popularity and acceptance of PUBG and DOTA2 in India have opened new doors of opportunity for gaming enthusiasts to showcase and flaunt their skills.
Commenting on this, Mr. Sudhir Goel, Chief Business Officer, Acer India said, “We are delighted to announce the winner of the 5th Edition of Predator League 2022 India finale held in Bengaluru. Esports are currently very popular in our nation and will continue to grow over the next several years. Acer is thrilled to provide the gaming community and fans with a platform like the Predator Gaming League where they can demonstrate their prowess and passion for the games. We are pleased with the reaction, and we intend to continue organizing events for the gaming communities.”
Fans had the chance to catch the action of the tournament on Acer’s social media handles including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. For technology lovers and gamers, the event was a treat to the eyes with some of the most cutting-edge gaming PCs and other latest gaming devices. Acer is the No. 1 gaming brand in India and their predator gaming line has earned countless industry awards and accolades for giving a competitive edge to gamers.
Tata Play Binge Collaborates with Gamezop to Launch New Games
Tata Play (formerly known as Tata Sky) is introducing another entertainment vertical on Tata Play Binge. The OTT aggregation platform announced its partnership with Gamezop,the world’s largest publisher of HTML5 games, to provide its users access to 100 games on the platform.
This development follows Tata Play’s endeavour to provide extraordinary entertainment experiences to its subscribers. Tata Play Binge users can enjoy these games on the platform: ad-free with subscription (which starts at INR 59) and ad-supported without subscription.
On the Tata Play Binge app, users will be able to play popular games, such as Boulder Blast, Bowling Stars, Bottle Shoot, Tower Twist, Bubble Wipeout, Carrom Hero, Ludo With Friends, Colour Chase, and City Cricket.This means that the games will work within the Tata Play Binge app with a single tap, just like videos, and will not need to be installed separately.
Gamezop’s games will be accessible through a dedicated tab – featured alongside Movies, Shows, and Sports – on the Tata Play Binge app. The companies will continue to work closely and identify opportunities to make gaming more rewarding for the users, along with replenishing the catalogue with new titles every quarter.
Commenting on the development Pallavi Puri, Chief Commercial and Content Officer, Tata Play Ltd., said, “Tata Play Binge is an innovative offering with 17 OTT apps under one roof, and now we are adding another dimension to it with our partnership with Gamezop. We are on a constant endeavour to create experiences that is a cut above the rest. With this new development we want our users to enjoy the entertaining world of gaming under a unified platform with the click of a button. We want Tata Play Binge to be synonymous to all things entertainment and this step is a logical progression in the same direction.”
Ankit Saxena, Chief Revenue Officer, Gamezop added, “Tata Play is one of India’s most loved brands and we are glad to work with them in their maiden foray into gaming. This partnership will let us take Gamezop to households across the country. Our company has always pushed the envelope to bring quality casual games (through Gamezop) and quizzes (through Quizzop) for users, right within their favourite apps. With this strategic alliance, Gamezop will serve as the exclusive gaming center within the Tata Play Binge app and sit right next to major OTT platforms. We are big fans of Tata Play’s single-subscription-unified-platform vision and are excited to for users to discover the joys of casual gaming – without the need to install additional apps.”
Pioneering accessibility, availability, and affordability of digital entertainment, Tata Play Binge allows consumers to watch content from 17 OTT apps in 12+ languages for free or ad-free with a single subscription.
India Qualify for 14th World Esports Championships in CS:GO
India’s CS:GO team produced vigorous performances in the South Asian Regional Qualifiers of the 14th World Esports Championships after hammering Pakistan and Bangladesh in the South Asian regional qualifiers.
The team, comprising of skipper Ritesh Sarda (Defaulter), Shuvajyoti Chakraborty (Mcg1LLzZz), Anshul Adardkar (KiiLSwitCh), Hrishikesh Shenoy (Crazy_Gamer) and Harsh Jain (lynX), recorded identical 2-0 victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh in the semi-finals and final respectively.
Besides CS:GO team, prominent Tekken 7 athlete Hitesh Khorwal (rcool) and well renowned eFootball professional Hemanth Kommu (peshemak7) will also represent India at the World Esports Championships, scheduled to take place in Bali from Nov 29 – December 12, 2022. Hitesh and Hemanth secured their berths by winning the National Esports Championships (NESC) 2022, conducted by Esports Federation of India (ESFI) earlier this year.
Organised by International Esports Federation, the prestigious event will witness participation of top athletes from over 120 countries, competing in six different Esports titles—CS:GO, Dota 2, Tekken 7, eFootball, as well as PUBG mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang which will be making its debut at the championships. The 14th WEC has a prize pool of USD 500K (~INR 4 Crores).
“The team was simply too good for the opposition in terms of their skills, strategies and coordination. They won comfortably against Pakistan and Bangladesh shows the confidence they have in their gameplay. We are extremely proud of their performances and are now looking forward to seeing them compete with the best teams from all over the world in Bali. Everyone at ESFI wishes them the best of luck for the grand tournament,” said Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation.
Led by Sarda, the dominant Indian team hardly had to break a sweat in their matches as they comprehensively defeated Pakistan in two different maps by 16-6 and 16-4 and then displayed a similar aggressive performance to outperform Bangladesh in both maps of the final by 16-7 and 16-5.
“It feels amazing to represent India again at the World Esports Championships in back-to-back years. We definitely want to improve on our performances from last year and have been working very hard to do so. The team has done very well in showcasing its qualities in game while prevailing in all these qualifiers but the WEC final will be a stern test on a much higher level and we want to match that. I have high hopes from the tournament and we want to bring some glory from it back home,” said Sarda, captain of the Indian CS:GO team.
The same CS:GO team had participated in the last edition of World Esports Championships, held in Eilat, and finished eighth in the final.
PokerBaazi Reveals India’s Biggest Poker Tournament ‘GOAT’
PokerBaazi has announced the launch of country’s biggest poker tournament which will notably be called The Greatest of All Tournaments (GOAT).Known for its unique ways of announcing its events, PokerBaazi revealed the GOAT with a bang-up music video. The tournament comes with a massive prize money of 7 Crore and is going to be India’s largest ever single Poker Tournament. The satellite tournaments (daily qualifiers) are scheduled to commence from October 1, 2022, with the main tournament starting from 30Th October.
PokerBaazi started its operations on 23rd Oct 2014. In the last eight years, the company has come a long way in contributing to the growth of the Poker ecosystem in India. Its market-best product and many industry-first gameplay features have helped PokerBaazi in establishing its tech prowess and industry leading position.
Speaking about the milestone, Mr. Navkiran Singh, Founder and CEO, Baazi Games said, “With India marching ahead in building its technology arsenal and fast progressing in its infrastructure, especially with the rollout of 5G, we foresee an immense growth in product-led startups in our country. Poker for sure is a sunrise segment within the larger gaming ecosystem.”
He also added, “It gives me immense pride that we as a team have built this solid product in these eight years and now, as Poker is taking shape as a sports category in India, we need events that people will look forward to playing. I am sure that India will see many Poker GOATs in the time to come and hence our new tournament is aptly coined. I am certain that the Poker industry will grow exponentially in the next 5 years. This celebration stands for the milestones we have achieved as an industry and the users who made this possible.”
As of FY’21, Real money gaming is the largest contributor to the online gaming revenue occupying nearly 54% of the market share. PokerBaazi has also grown to become the primary driver of Baazi Games’ unprecedented growth contributing to over 75% of Baazi Games’ revenue. Earlier this year, PokerBaazi had marked the one billionth hand being played on the platform. The festive season is surely looking even more rewarding for Indian poker players as the company has announced massive giveaways across game formats, scheduled to run for over a month. This began with a 7 Crore game leaderboard that started on 26th September.
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