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AWS Announces Winners of the 2019 India APN Partner Awards




Today, the 2019 India Amazon Web Services Partner Network (APN) Partner Award winners were announced, recognizing leaders in the region playing a key role in helping customers drive innovation and build solutions on AWS Cloud.

Announced during the annual AWS Partner Summit, the APN Partner Awards recognize a wide range of born-in-the cloud, and traditional AWS Consulting and Technology Partners, whose business models have embraced specialization and collaboration over the past year. The APN Partner Awards also recognize APN Partners whose business models continue to evolve and thrive on AWS Cloud as they work with customers, enabling them to build high-performance, scalable, and managed infrastructure while keeping costs under control, and creating superior customer experience.

The APN is a global partner program, focused on helping the tens of thousands of participating APN Partners build successful AWS Cloud-based businesses or solutions by providing business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support. The APN Program includes independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs) around the world, with APN Partner participation in India growing significantly during the past 12 months.

NavdeepManaktala – Head, Business Development, Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd. said the diverse character of the APN Partner Award winners reflected the opportunity provided for APN Partners who were focused on helping customers remove the friction of managing IT infrastructure and set the platform for innovation.

“APN partners help customers design, build, migrate, and manage their workloads in the cloud more efficiently. They add value to customers of all sizes, from breakthrough startups to large enterprises across sectors. The winners of the 2019 India APN Partner Awards have consistently enabled innovation, built powerful products, and delivered superior customer experiences. We are privileged to enable partners innovate for a variety of customers, by helping them access reliable, scalable, and feature-rich AWS services that help solve business problems and create new opportunities.”

A panel of AWS Cloud experts selected the five winners based on the below criteria:

APN Rising Star of the Year: This is an APN partner, which has gone from zero to hero during the qualifying period.

Sify Technologies Limited: Sify is the winner of the APN Rising Star of the Year award in India. Sify supported customers across industries including financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and startups, as well as use cases ranging from individual workload migrations to large SAP implementations.

APN Consulting Partner of the Year: An APN Consulting Partner who has delivered consistently well through out the period, developed their AWS business, and grown with AWS during 2018.

Umbrella Infocare Pvt. Ltd.: Umbrella Infocare, an APN partner, maintained its track record of solving customers’ operational problems delivering the benefits of AWS Cloud to top-tier organizations, including Kent RO, Dr. Lal Path Labs, Escorts, Comviva, PVR Cinemas, and Vistara Airlines.

APN Technology Partner of the Year: An APN Technology Partner who has leveraged the best of AWS Services, the APN and continued to expand and grow with AWS during 2018.

Freshworks Inc: An Advanced Tier APN Partner, Freshworks deploys innovative AWS services, including Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Macie, Amazon Polly, and Amazon Redshift. As India’s first SaaS unicorn, Freshworks serves over 150,000 business customers through an intuitive full-featured user interface that allows strategic services to be implemented easily. Freshworks is also the winner of the APN Technology Partner of the Year award for Asia Pacific.

APN Differentiation Partner of the Year (Consulting Partner): An APN Partner who has gone deep with AWS Cloud in a specific service, industry or competency and delivered results with AWS during 2018.

Minfy Technologies: Specializing in SAP on AWS implementations, Minfy brought meticulous planning and relentless execution rigour to their customers conducting multiple events, workshops, and TCO sessions for customers and building a robust SAP on AWS offering as a result.

APN Innovation Partner of the Year (Technology Focus): This is an APN partner who has developed a differentiated capability on or integrated with AWS, and has launched it to market during the qualifying period.

Capillary Technologies: Capillary Technologies, an industry leading retail ISV, is all-in on AWS, building powerful artificial intelligence and machine learning products for the retail industry. Capillary supports retailers in hyper-personalizing the shopping experience with deep insights about their customers generated through products built on AWS. Capillary is also the winner of the APN Innovation Partner of the Year award for Asia Pacific.

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Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India

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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.

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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.

Tournament Structure

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 ChampionshipAPAC 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.

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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.

Tournament Format

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. 

Invited Teams

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)

Broadcast Details:

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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