The Free Fire All Stars (FFAS) 2021 Asia – featuring popular influencers and fan-voted players – concluded over the weekend. The Indoniesan team came up tops for the Bomb Squad mode, while teams from Thailand won the Clash Squad and Battle Royale modes!
The FFAS 2021 is the game’s annual celebration of Free Fire’s community of players and content creators across the world, by bringing them together in a fun and casual tournament. For the very first time, by popular demand from fans, different Free Fire modes were in play at an international tournament.
The Asia All Stars saw teams from Thailand winning 2 of the 3 game modes on offer, demonstrating their skills and competitiveness on the big stage once more. This comes after Thailand’s Team Phoenix Force won the recent Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore. The Hindi broadcasts got over 3 million views on the official Free Fire Esports YouTube Channel.
Across the three action-packed days, India was represented by two star-studded teams consisting of fans’ choices of influencers and pro players. Playing under the banner of Team Dosa, TSG Ritik, Sooneeta, Pahadi, and Legend fought valiantly against formidable opponents in both Bomb Squad and Clash Squad events. Team Dosa made it to the semi-finals for Day 2’s Clash Squad, before bowing out to Thailand’s Team Som Tum who eventually went on to be crowned Champions of the Clash Squad event. On the third and final day, Team Samosa, comprising Vasiyo07, Killer, Dev Alone, and Assassin’s Army, joined the fray for the Battle Royale event. Both teams put up a strong fight and bagged a number of top-3 finishes
Bomb Squad champion – Team Indomee of Indonesia
We saw all the action as Team Indomee of Indonesia emerged victorious among the 8 teams that battled it out in Bomb Squad, the first event of the All Stars. Team Indomee – featuring the likes of Drnxgarduuu, Efdewe, Letda, and IOG Bion 09 – won after making it through all 3 rounds, and coming up tops in the finals after defeating Team Pho from Vietnam.
Clash Squad victor – Team Som Tum of Thailand
Team Som Tum of Thailand took the Clash Squad crown after defeating Team Boba of Taiwan. Team Som Tum, which featured the Jasminniiiz, AAA Poongod, FMP TV, and the popular EVOS TheCruz (who was named MVP at the recent Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore), came up winners after advancing through 2 rounds before the finals, which was decided in a BO5 map.
Battle Royale winner – Team Tom Yum Kung of Thailand
The finale of the FFAS 2021 Asia saw Team Tom Yum Kung representing Thailand winning the classic Battle Royale mode. 12 teams competed across 3 maps, playing twice across Bermuda, Kalahari, and Purgatory. Team Tom Yum Kung, which saw the likes of EVOS Rambo, Osaga, AAA Hoysang, and R.I.P. Freestyle on the team, took the top spot. Special mention goes to EVOS Rambo, who once again was the star of his team and led them to victory with some outstanding performances. They defeated runner-ups Indonesia’s Team Indomee, who were the winners of day 1’s Bomb Squad mode, and 3rd-placed Team Pho from Vietnam, who finished 2nd place on day 1.
India’s Hemanth Kommu in The Finals of 13th Esports World Championship
The reigning national champion Hemanth Kommu made his way into the Finals of 13th Esports World Championship after a brilliant performance in the Regional Qualifiers.
With a top-position finish in PES 2021 in the South Asia Region, Hemanth also became the first Indian to seal a spot in the Finals at the on-going edition of the Esports World Championships.
The Vijayawada resident, who is currently pursuing his Masters from IIT Guwahati, was up against the athletes from Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Maldives and Sri Lanka in his respective South Asian Region at the Regional Qualifiers which were held online owing to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
The 24-year-old Indian carried his winning form from the recent Nationals into this prestigious event and showed excellent display of strategic and skillful game. Hemanth registered convincing victories against his opponents before securing himself a berth in the World Championship Finals, which are scheduled to take place offline in Eilat, Israel from November 14-19.
“It’s a great feeling to represent India in the PES series, the game which I have loved playing since my childhood days. It’s sheer dedication and hard work resulted in getting the spot in the Finals of EWC’21 and it allowed me a chance to bring the laurels for the country. The right mentality and proper grind towards the game makes everything possible and a sure-shot path to get the success,” elated Hemant aka peshemak7 said after securing the Finals berth at the World Championships.
A five-member Team India CS:GO, comprising captain Ritesh Sarda, Shuvajyoti Chakraborty, Anshul Adardkar, Hrishikesh Shenoy and Harsh Jain, and Tekken 7 player Hitesh Khorwal will be seen in action in the Regional Qualifiers later as they will begin their quest for the place in the World Championship Finals on October 5.
The matches will be streamed live on the International Esports Federation’s official channels.
Esports Federation of India continued its partnership with Artsmith- Concepts & Visions which continues its support as the communication partner for the prestigious World Esports Championships.
BalleBaazi.com Brings Exciting ‘Player Intelligence’ Feature
BalleBaazi.com announced the launch of its one-of-a-kind ‘Player Intelligence’ feature. Developed by the in-house technology team at BalleBaazi.com, this Made in India feature is a step towards game-changing innovation that will set new benchmarks in the fantasy cricket industry.
The industry-first Player Intelligence feature allows users to have access to a plethora of in-depth information such as venue-specific performance history, fantasy point break-up, players’ form and batting position, alongside a specialization feature that detects the strength of an all-rounder. In addition, it provides extensive insights on topics such as the performance history of players during a particular tournament and against an opponent, average fantasy points and performance compared to other players. The feature all in all is a thorough analysis of each player that enables the BalleBaazi community to make informed and strategic decisions while picking the players in their fantasy cricket team.
Talking about the launch of the new feature, Mr Saurabh Chopra, CEO of BalleBaazi.com said, “From the very outset, our goal has been to provide the best sports gaming experience to our audience. We are extremely happy to share the latest upgrade to the BalleBaazi app with Player Intelligence. We are the first to introduce this analysis-heavy feature in the country that promises to take the player’s experience to the next level. This feature will certainly cater to both pro gamers and new gamers to strategically choose players with in-depth analysis, resulting in a seamless gaming experience. We’re optimistic that this innovative feature will set new benchmarks in the fantasy sports industry.”
Adding on he said, “As a 100% indigenous online gaming organization, we aim to help our users be a pro player in the segment. With the launch of Player Intelligence, we take immense pride in educating our users on how to make a strong and effective fantasy team.”
BalleBaazi.com has created waves around the fantasy gaming industry by providing the best possible experience and a level playing field for enthusiasts alike. With the addition of the Player Intelligence Feature, BalleBaazi aims to get one more step closer to making the fantasy sport more interactive for its fans and transforming their participation from passive to active one.
India’s National Champions to Take Part in Esports World Championship 2021
A strong 17-member Indian contingent is geared up to present the country’s challenge at the Regional Qualifiers of the 13th Esports World Championship which are scheduled online from September 11 to October 10.
After impressive title-winning triumphs at the recently-concluded National Esports Championship (NESC) 2021, Hemanth Kommu (PES 2021), Hitesh Khorwal (Tekken7), five-member Team for Dota2, comprising of captain Jaikishan Malik, Manav Kunte, Shubham Goli, Vedant Patil, Ranjit Biswal and five-member Team for CS:GO, comprising of captain Ritesh Sarda, Shuvajyoti Chakraborty, Anshul Adardkar, Hrishikesh Shenoy & Harsh Jain will represent India at the prestigious tournament.
The 2021 Esports World Championship, unlike the last edition, which was completely held virtually, will be played with the remodeled format comprising a mix of online and offline competitions. The countries are divided into 10 different regions in the Regional Qualifiers and the winners will proceed to the Finals, which will be played offline in Eilat, Israel from November 14-19. The Indian contingent is placed in the South Asia region alongside Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and UAE.
“The NESC ’21 was a stupendous success in every possible way, there were many surprising and impressive results. This Indian contingent will be tough one to beat and I’m certain that they will not only put up a strong fight but also strive for a podium finish. It’s great to see a growing interest among the Indian youth towards Esports. On behalf of the Esports Federation of India, I wish the entire squad best luck for the prestigious event,” said Mr Yugal Kishore Sharma, Director of Esports Federation of India (ESFI).
The NESC 2021 was full of surprises as the new talents dethroned the defending champions and earned themselves spots at the Esports World Championship.
In PES 2021, the defending champion Moin Amdani among the country’s 31 top players, including Navneetha Anand and Ankur Diwakar, a duo which was part of Team India at the 2018 Asian Games, battled it out. Hemanth notched up a close victory against Navneetha in the final and secured himself a spot in the Regional Qualifiers. However, Amdani lost to Gulrez in losers bracket.
CS:GO also witnessed participation of 22 top Indian teams including Wicked Gaming, Tetroyd, Team Ano, Vac Banned, Redemptions and Infinity Esports. Living up to the favourites tag, Wicked Gaming put up a brilliant show and defeated Team Ano in a nail-biting summit clash.
In Tekken7, thedefending champion Abhinav Tejan and other 66 top Indian athletes took part. Hitesh Khorwal aka rcool emerged as the champion after he brilliantly cut short Rohit Jain’s winning run in the grand finale. The strong title contender Tejan suffered a defeat against Jeonsa, who was later defeated by mokujimaster.
In the popular multiplayer online battle arena game, DOTA 2, Team Punisher sealed a berth in the Regional Qualifiers after beating Macro Monks in the final.
This upcoming edition of the Esports World Championship will witness a strong competition with the National Esports Federations of 77 countries taking part in it. The matches will be streamed live on the International Esports Federation’s official channels.
ESFI continued its partnership with Artsmith- Concepts & Visions which will continue its support as the communication partner for the prestigious World Championships.
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