The Winter Finale marks the end of a grand 2019 season for the ESL India Premiership. The longest-running esports league with a massive 1.1 Crore INR prize pool will complete its fourth year on the conclusion of the Winter Season.
“As we finish another year, it is astounding to see the performance level of eSports athletes in India. The Premiership has shaped the esports ecosystem in the country over the past 4 years of its journey. It has served as the go-to platform to kickstart one’s career in the competitive circuit. The bars rose over time, teams and players got the essential exposure and for NODWIN Gaming and its valued partners, this serves as the perfect set up to take the property to new heights. The LAN Finale has all the action that the Premiership boasts of, so be assured of an entertaining weekend. I wish all the luck to the finalists. See you all in Delhi!” said Akshat Rathee, MD & Founder, NODWIN Gaming.
NODWIN Gaming is set on a journey to bring India on the maps of global esports and joining the journey are our prominent partners. Our title sponsors OMEN, the gaming line of products of the parent company HP, have been a core integral part of the tournament. Their premium laptops provide gamers with flawless gaming experience. High-performance gaming headset manufacturer, HyperX, continue their support for Indian esports. Iconic automobile manufacturers Mercedes-Benz joins the journey of the Premiership for yet another wonderful season. Energy drink manufacturers Redbull continues its association with the tournament. The valuable partnership with Hotstar, our exclusive streaming partner, has been significant in providing a seamless viewing experience for the fans.
“The Gaming ecosystem in India is evolving and expanding on multiple fronts. eSports is a key catalyst for this phenomenon as more and more professional gamers are participating in them. We understand the passion of modern gamers and strive towards equipping them with advanced gaming PCs and accessories. Omen devices are powered by cutting edge technology and built to deliver the best gameplay functionalities and experience” said Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems, HP Inc. India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka.
The Winter Season saw gamers from all around the country come and participate in a two-month-long online phase. The top 4 teams/players after the second leg of the online phase ie, the Winter Split earned a spot in the LAN Finale.
Mr. Vishal Parekh, Marketing Director, Kingston Technology & HyperX, APAC Region – India & Philippines said, “We are delighted to be a part of the ESL India Premiership yet again, which is a classy national platform for gaming enthusiasts to come together and celebrate the sport. This year the Premiership will showcase India’s depth in gaming talent, with the presence of several world-beating teams and the spawning of future gaming stars. It is also exhilarating to see young gamers participating in great numbers and competing with passion and enthusiasm. This partnership of HyperX with ESL has provided the much-needed boost to position India as an important pitstop in the global gaming arena.”
Here are the top 4 participants from each game:
U Mumba Esports
Additionally, the OMEN | ESL India Premiership Winter Season LAN Finale will feature cosplay competition for the craftsy minds where the best cosplay will be awarded 20,000 INR on the final day of the event.
All the action will be streamed live on Hotstar on all match days starting at 12 PM.
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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