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Garena Introduces Top 24 Teams for the Free Fire India Championship 2020

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Free Fire has announced the league stage for the first tournament in India this year – the Free Fire India Championship (FFIC) 2020. Spread over three weekends, the league circuit will kick off tomorrow, 29th February 2020, and take place every Saturday and Sunday (29th February to 1st March, 7th to 8th March and 14th to 15th March, 2020), from 5 pm to 8 pm. This will be live streamed on Free Fire India’s official YouTube channel.

The league stages will feature the nation’s top 24 Free Fire teams – 22 teams who battled through 5 gruelling rounds at the FFIC 2020 qualifiers stage and 2 top teams from the Free Fire India Today League (FFITL) 2019. These 24 teams will be split into 4 groups of 6 teams each. Each of these groups will battle it out in a complete round-robin format over the 3 high-octane weekends.

The top 12 teams will advance to the Finals. This will be held on 28th March, 2020 at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata, and will see the top 12 teams contest for the title of India’s best Free Fire team, a slice of the INR 35 lakh prize pool, and the opportunity to compete against the world’s best Free Fire teams as India’s representative at the upcoming Free Fire Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 24 teams in the FFIC 2020 league stages comprise:

1.       Bandra 50

2.       Unity Squad

3.       Increasers

4.       NAMOONEY

5.       Bot Army

6.       Thug Life

7.       Team Nawabzaade

8.       Fatal 4

9.       IND Punishers

10.   OnlY Bhai’S

11.   Atp kings

12.   Gully Gang

13.   Team Nightmare

14.   4 ᴜɴᴅᴇʀɢʀᴏᴜɴᴅ

15.   Limited Edition

16.   Lucky boys

17.   DEVIL DAD

18.   KINGZ GOD

19.   THE_MAFIA’S

20.   THE UNDERDOGS YT

21.   Dessert God

22.   Western Tiger

23.   FAB SOUL

24.   Team Arya

The recently concluded qualifiers were an exciting affair for all involved. 2 teams performed particularly well and stood out with consistent performance – KINGZ GOD and NAMOONEY. They were participants in last year’s FFITL as well and are among the top teams in the country. Amidst the heat of the competition, there were 6 teams that were banned. 4 teams namely Bithi YT, LawLess Boys, Awsase, and Team Walters were banned for hacking. 2 teams, BRAVE HEARTS and Valar Morghulis, were banned for teaming up in the competition. The accounts of the players that were found hacking have been permanently banned and the players are banned indefinitely from all Garena Free Fire esports. Teammates of hackers and players found teaming are banned for 1 year from all Garena Free Fire esports.

Garena also unveiled SHAREit as a gold partner for the FFIC 2020. As a global technology company that provides content discovery, consumption, and sharing functionality to its users, SHAREit is one of the most popular apps in the world with more than 1.8 billion users across the globe. With this esports partnership, SHAREit will continue to deepen its long-term relationship with Garena.

Don’t miss any of the exciting action. Catch the livestream here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4AB0_ectRryjCF_ugD0U8w

The official Free Fire India Championship (FFIC) 2020 website can be viewed here:

https://ffic.garena.com

Free Fire can be download at the following locations:

  • Apple iOS App Store:

https://apps.apple.com/US/app/id1300146617?mt=8

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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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