Acer put on a mega show to thousands of audience in Mumbai at their Night of the Predator event which witnessed the best of e-sports tournament, some of India’s top DJs, street dance competition and COSPLAY.
Acer Predator League India, attracted over 1500 players and 361 teams playing over 160 hours from across India to compete in DOTA 2 and PUBG PC competition with online knockout rounds held in the 1st week of November and across gaming cafes in multiple cities. The India finale of this mega e-Sports tournament with almost 100 gaming PCs set-up on a grand stage was held at the Night of the Predator event which witnessed one of the largest PUBG PC LAN tournaments along with DOTA2 finale which saw finalists from PUBG PC and DOTA2 competed to win the coveted Predator Shield. Team Raptors in PUBG PC and team Signify in DOTA2 emerged as the ultimate winners to represent India and compete for the total prize pool of USD 400000 (INR 2,88,00,000) at the Asia Pacific finals in Bangkok.
The entire atmosphere at Mithibai College Grounds was electrifying with audience ranging from esports lovers, music fanatics to technology enthusiasts who witnessed some of the best e-sports battles, electrifying DJ performance by Zaeden, Lost Stories, Progressive Brothers and Greff along with street dance and COSPLAY. Acer also showcased cutting-edge gaming machines and accessories with the showstopper being the Predator Thronos gaming cave.
The event received fantastic response online reaching over 7 lac people in Mumbai and thousands of people clamoring to be part of this unique carnival. The month leading up to the event generated lot of buzz in the official event pages with contests, engagement with fans and promotions which got huge enthusiasm. The live event broadcasted on Acer social media channels was watched across India by thousands of enthusiastic fans supporting their favorite teams in the hotly contested Predator League finale and enjoying fantastic line-up of artists who performed there.
Acer also launched India’s most exclusive gaming community, the Predator Clan. A platform designed for gamers by gamers and hosted by India’s No.1 PC gaming brand. What better way to launch the community than by one of India’s most celebrated e-sports athlete Ankur Diwakar who represented India at the e-sports tournament in Asian Games. To delight the community members even more Acer is giving away Rs 15000 worth voucher free to purchase an Acer laptop from Flipkart for the first 1000 members.
Night of the Predator was supported by SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Jio, Intel, NDTV and Flipkart who’s invaluable partnership helped us to make this one of the biggest event in our history.
Commenting on this, Mr. Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head, Acer India says, “We are extremely elated at the success of our Night of the Predator event and to announce the winners of this year’s Acer Predator Gaming League finale. Team Signify from DOTA 2 and team Raptors from PUBG PC emerged as the ultimate winners, demonstrating their skill and dedication in their respective games. Acer is overwhelmed at the response received nationwide for our e-sports tournament. DOTA2 and PUBG are the two of the most popular games amongst at present, and we took this as an opportunity to provide a platform for the best teams in India to showcase their talent and represent India at the Asia Pacific Grand Finale. E-sports is being recognized as a serious profession gradually, and Acer being the leader in PC gaming is going all out to support the growth the e-sports. I wish the teams representing India all the best and are very much convinced that they have the potential to even emerge as the winners in the Asia Pacific Grand Finale, scheduled next year.”
Acer Predator Gaming League Grand Finale will be held in Bangkok from February 15 – 17, 2019 and will host the winning teams of PUBG and DOTA2 from across the Asia Pacific countries to compete for the grand prize to be named as the ultimate champion and a prize pool of USD 400000.
Acer is the No. 1 PC gaming brand in India with the most complete range of gaming devices from laptops, desktops, monitors and gaming accessories line which has earned countless industry awards and accolades for giving a competitive edge to gamers. Our products and the Acer Predator League e-sports tournaments reinforces the commitment of the brand in supporting the gaming industry India.
Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India
Global technology leader Lenovo has appointed Dinesh Nair as Director, Consumer Business for India region. Dinesh succeeds Mr. Shailendra Katyal, who has recently been appointed Site Leader for Lenovo India and Managing Director of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business in India.
Dinesh Nair has been an integral part of the Lenovo India consumer business for more than 11 years and has worked successfully across several roles. His most recent role was as the sales & channel management lead for Lenovo’s consumer segment in India. He has handled leadership responsibilities across offline general trade retail, distribution management, field sales, eCommerce, large format retail and category management, and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth journey in India.
“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers and I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am proud to hand over the reins of the consumer business to Dinesh. At the same time, this is a demonstration of our commitment to developing talent internally. I am sure he, along with the consumer leadership team, will propel the business to new heights,” said Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India.
ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament
ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.
The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.
The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion.
The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:
- Country qualifiers
- Country finals
- Asia Pacific finals
Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.
Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals.
Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.
3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:
|ROG Masters APAC Championship||APAC Finals (USD/ team)|
Registration and Official Tournament Website
Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.
Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.
Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars
Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.
The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region.
The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively.
The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia.
The team captains for each nation are:
- Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
- Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
- Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)
- Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
- Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
- Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)
- Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
- Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
- Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)
- RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
- Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
- The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)
Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!.
To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.
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