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Esports Premier League Signs Infinix Mobile as Title Sponsor

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The Esports Premier League (ESPL) has partnered with Infinix Mobile as the title sponsor for its inaugural edition with an aim to revolutionise the Esports in the country and bring its excitement to the mainstream through the nationwide tournament. The tournament wants to tap into the growing landscape of esports in the country to help the competitive gaming community. This segment has received a significant boost in the last year as an increasing number of users are spending time on smartphones for gaming.

Aiming to give Esports ecosystem in India a complete makeover and rise Esports and gaming in the Indian market with the upcoming top-notch event, India Today Group, which has forayed into esports, is geared up to roll out Season 1 of the league from June 16. The league will witness a massive total prize pool worth Rs 25 lakhs. It has teamed up with Garena to create an exclusive gaming platform for Free Fire—the most popular battle royale game currently played by gamers and gaming enthusiasts in India. ESPL will enable players from across the country to showcase their skills on this mega national stage for the first time. 

The league will be streamed on multiple platforms including OTT giant Disney+ Hotstar as well as the official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak along with their websites.

ESPL intends to be the largest platform to discover and nurture new gaming talent across India. As part of the effort to push gaming to the mainstream, ESPL will offer all the 8 teams and their players’ comprehensive media coverage across various media platforms including digital, print, TV, and more. This will help upcoming esports professionals gain fame and stardom on par with other conventional sports.

While talking about the launch of Esports Premier League (ESPL) and its association with Infinix Mobile, India Today Group Vice Chairperson, Kalli Purie said: “This pandemic and the resultant lockdown have contributed to propelling the esports industry into mainstream entertainment. India Today’s Gaming and Esports platform will provide a thrilling experience to its users through a wide range of games, online tournaments, and an opportunity to win exciting prizes. These are very exciting times as smartphone usage continue to grow exponentially and I believe the partnership with Infinix Mobile will help us intensify our mission of taking Esports to the next level in India.” 

With the pandemic and lockdown still in place, ESPL will be played as a virtual tournament in its inaugural edition and comprise of more than 700 online matches with about 300 plus hours of streaming. The Hong Kong-based smartphone giant, Infinix Mobile is keen on pushing the envelope when it comes to the latest and greatest in technology with its upcoming, Note 10 line-up of devices.  

“The Indian online gaming industry is growing at a rate of almost 27% per annum and is estimated to reach $2.8B by 2022. The current pandemic situation has further fuelled the growth of the gaming industry in India. At Infinix, we are part of this revolution by making devices for the mid-range segment that is feature-rich and enhance the users gaming experience, to further amplify the gaming capability of a user our R&D has developed a technology called Darlink which optimizes and improves the performance of a device on several parameters. Our partnership with India Today for the Esports Premier League is just another step towards achieving the same goal. We look forward to a fruitful association and intend to encourage budding talent in this field,” Mr. Anish Kapoor, CEO of Infinix Mobile said while announcing the association.

The tournament, which will be played over a period of two and a half months, will have initial two levels to screen the best eight teams which progress into the grand finale representing eight cities across the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Punjab, and Rajasthan. 

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Greak: Memories of Azur Coming This August

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Team17 and Navegante Entertainment have announced Greak: Memories of Azur will be launching on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Steam for PC on 17th August. The stunning hand-drawn single-player adventure sees players simultaneously take control of Greak, Adara, and Raydel, three tenacious siblings all offering up their unique abilities that will be instrumental in the fight against the deadly invasion on their homeland.

With the lands of Azur overrun by the deadly Urlags, players will need to alternate seamlessly between the three siblings to best navigate the increasingly hostile environment and flee Azur. Greak offers up agility and the ability to fit where others will not, Adara wields arcane magic to devastating effect, and Raydel’s skill in battle and specialised gear make them a fearsome trio for the enemies invading their home.

Greak: Memories of Azur Key Features:

  • Hand-Drawn Art and Animation: Enjoy a captivating narrative telling a story of family, home, and union, all brought to life with stunning hand-drawn art
  • Specially Crafted Puzzles: Players will solve intricate puzzles to navigate the world of Azur, using the three siblings’ unique abilities to flee the threat
  • Unique Gameplay: Each sibling boasts their own powers and abilities, and players will swap seamlessly between the trio to best navigate the world
  • Live Orchestra Soundtrack: Enjoy the expressive and atmospheric music themes specially created to enhance this unique adventure.

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Sharkmob Releases New Action Packed Trailer of Vampire Battle Royale

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What if you were a vampire in a war against others of your kind; could you survive the night? This is the question raised as Sharkmob’s new action packed trailer shares a look into its dark and intense Battle Royale game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhuntset to release on PC later this year. Sharkmob has also announced that players will get their first chance to sink their teeth into the game from 2nd July in Bloodhunt’s Closed Alpha.

A thrilling third person free-to-play Battle Royale game set in the cult classic Vampire: The Masquerade universe – Bloodhunt will invite players to become the ultimate vampire in a genre unique, very stylish and mature setting

For centuries, vampires have lived and thrived among humans, maintaining The Masquerade. Now a treacherous betrayal has stirred a war amongst the vampire sects, exposing them to the secret society known as The Entity. With a holy mission to annihilate all vampires they take the hunt to the streets of Prague…

Players will need to use their supernatural powers, weapons, and wit to survive the night and restore the masquerade! 

Fredrik Rundqvist, CEO at Sharkmob said: “It’s great to finally unveil what the team has been working on since the inception of the studio. Our goal is to deliver a mature, unique experience for the genre. We hope Bloodhunt will become just that for fans of both battle royale games and Vampire: The Masquerade alike.”

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodhunt will be available on Steam for PC in late 2021.

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Baazi Games Brings First-ever Edition of National Poker Series India

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Baazi Games with premium products for skill-based games like poker, rummy, and fantasy sports, is all set to entertain gaming enthusiasts with the launch of the first edition of the National Poker Series, India this month. Marking its digital debut, National Poker Series India is all set to commence from June 13th and is scheduled to go on till June 27th

The biggest poker tournament in India is expecting more than 40,000 entries across the country to engage in this extraordinary game of talent and skill. The National Poker Series is a perfect stage for players of all skill levels to compete in a relentless battle of skill, mental strength, and consistency.  There is more to it that makes NPS, India the most awaited poker series of the year. The series will award the winners of all tournaments with India’s first poker gold medals.

The series will be hosted on PokerBaazi.com, India’s biggest poker platform, and will offer 64 tournaments scheduled with a total guaranteed prize pool of INR 15 crores. Much to the excitement of poker patrons, the satellite tournaments have already commenced to give users the golden opportunity to receive tickets to the gala events. 

With 195 medals on the line, National Poker Series also introduces the Golden Rush of Indian poker which is expected to witness the largest ever number of participants in a single poker tournament. The series further expands into three unique game leaderboards namely The NPS Podium, Daily Leaderboard and Series Leaderboard that will give the players three different categories of prize pools as they chase towards the gold. Additionally, the series includes an array of rewarding programs such as daily free entry tournaments for previous day participants and a special Sit’N’Go tournament for marquee winners. 

Expressing his views on the tournament, Mr Navkiran Singh, Founder & CEO at Baazi Games, said, “Our userbase has grown drastically in the past few years and it highlights the immense scope of skill-based games in India. We are extremely proud to host National Poker Series, India on the PokerBaazi platform and hope that our existing and new audience that comprises some of the most extraordinary poker players in the country make the most of this tournament. It is not only an opportunity for them to compete and win gold but also a window for us to appreciate, acknowledge and encourage online poker enthusiasts to come forward and showcase their skills in a secure way. We are happy to witness some amazing talent on our platform and to see the growth that comes along with a change in perception of poker in the country to a game of skill, intelligence, and practice. I am confident that this year awaits more boom for poker in India and NPS is certain to leave its own mark.”

The series of tournaments promise the budding and established poker players an equal chance to be awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals along with the prestigious title of a national poker gold medalist nationwide. Post the completion of the India series, the leaderboard winners will be rewarded with an opportunity to represent India on an international platform in one of the biggest poker events of the world to be conducted in Las Vegas. This one-of-a-kind digital gameplay aims to revolutionize the poker landscape and pave the way to the journey of ultimate glory in terms of scale and talent in the online gaming space. 

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