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DreamHack’s First Asian Edition Came to A Close This Weekend in Mumbai

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The 72-hour gaming festival took place at NESCO, Goregaon with esports tournaments, music performances and much more

23 December 2018 : From 21-23 December, the world’s largest gaming festival DreamHack, organised by NODWIN Gaming in partnership with Viacom18 brought together gamers from across India for one of the world’s largest eSports competitions alongside cosplay competitions, music acts and stand-up comedy performances.

The 72-hour gaming marathon which featured the world famous 24-hour-a-day Local Area Network (LAN) party and India’s biggest Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) was supported by Monster, HyperX and BookMyShow. The festival was also supported by Alienware, Dell Gaming and Zowie, a brand by BenQ.

Held across 5 stages – DreamHack Invitational Stage, KO Fight Night Stage, PUBG Stage, Mobile Cricket Championship and Performance Stage, the festival included a massive prize pool of INR 1 Crore and various merchandise giveaways.

Gaming enthusiasts saw their favourite CS:GO and DotA 2 international teams battle it out across the 3 day festival. Team Mineski emerged as the winner of the DotA 2 tournament and Bravado emerged as the winner of CS: GO, each taking home INR 15 Lakhs.

The winners of KO Fight Night Championship, which was hosted by DreamHack Global Fighting Game Director and CEO Tournament Founder Alex Jebailey, include Ayaan Biswas for Street Fighter 5, Hugo Randez for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Abhinav Tejan for Tekken 7.

The winners of Mobile Cricket Championship include Mohd Imran Naushad for World Cricket Championship 2 and Muthukumar Boomikaalai for Sachin Saga Cricket Championship.

The festival also saw fans interact with games from the yesteryears like PacMan, Super Contra, Mario Brothers, Road Fighter, Tetris, Galaxian and Bomberman. Traditional card and board games also put Foosball, Monopoly and Dungeons & Dragons, Carrom, Uno and Monopoly in the limelight at the festival.

The cosplay competition was judged by popular cosplayers Cinderys, Han Jones and Lily on the Moon. Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival also saw popular music acts Spindoctor, DJ Skip, DJ Ishani, Shaan, Sartek and Zenith perform to an excited crowd. The third day of the festival had stand-up acts by Saurav Mehta, Azeem Banatwalla, Sorabh Pant and Niveditha Prakasam.

The DreamExpo also allowed visitors to indulge in the latest innovation in technology showcased by HyperX, Dell Gaming, and many others. Gaming enthusiasts could also shop at the merchandise store where apparels of their favorite Esports teams to collectibles and official DreamHack merchandise, were available.

The PC Modding Competition where some of the most innovative PC mods with the most innovative builds and the top specifications were on display, declared Bilal Mooji, Mukul Sabhani, Pramod Hambir and Nishikant Bhavsar as the winners.

“There’s nothing more that brings sheer delight to everybody at Nodwin Gaming than to have wrapped up the three days of DreamHack Mumbai. I know the efforts have paid off when I see smiling faces across the crowd who came over with a lot of varying expectations. The sponsors, partners, crowds all loved the experience and I would really like to say a heartfelt thanks to all the talent and community of gamers on this milestone of a journey”, said Akshat Rathee, Founder and CEO, NODWIN Gaming.

Marking the completion of the first-ever edition of DreamHack in Asia, Sidharth Kedia, Head – Corporate Strategy, M&A, Data Sciences & Dy. Chief Commercial Officer, Viacom18 said, “Testament to India’s rapidly burgeoning esports market, the first edition of DreamHack has seen phenomenal response from gaming enthusiasts across the country. We had over 100 gamers waiting for the gates to open at 7 AM on day 1, a number that surpassed all our expectations by the end of Day 3. It was overwhelming to see families, kids and women enjoy at an event that is perceived to have a male stronghold. Apart from PUBG, CS:GO and DOTA 2, there was live music and comedy that enthralled the casual and serious gamers alike. Viacom18 along with NODWIN Gaming is delighted to have brought the world’s largest gaming festival to India – DreamHack, which has truly opened a new world of eSports genre in the country.”

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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

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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.

Prizes

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)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

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

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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: 

India

  • Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
  • Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
  • Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)

Bangladesh

  • Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
  • Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
  • Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)

Nepal 

  • Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
  • Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
  • Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)

Pakistan

  • 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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