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The Young Winners for DOTA-2 & CS: GO E-sports tournament Won $200,000/- at Cobx Masters 2019




Proved to be a day of triumph for teams, Detonators and MVP PK as they emerged victorious in their Dota 2 & CS: GO finale of Cobx Masters 2019, carrying home a gleaming trophy along with a cheque of $60,000/- each while the 1st runners-up- Tigers and Alpha Red took home $20,000/- each.

The second and third runners-up won a prize amount of $10,000/- for each game. The tournament was hosted at NESCO, Mumbai, which went on for 3 days and saw enthusiastic participation from both, players and gaming enthusiasts. Along with DOTA-2 & CS: GO the tournament had a separate Casual Gaming Zone for the PUBG gamers and fans who could participate and try their skills compete for a prize pool of INR 2,00,000/-

Cobx Masters saw teams from over 8 countries fly down to Mumbai to compete for a prize-pool of $200,000 spread across two titles, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Dota 2 tournament drew teams from India, Thailand, Philippines, Germany, Malaysia and players from 7 different nationalities, while the CS: GO tournament drew teams from India, Thailand, Korea, Singapore and Australia with players from over 14 nationalities.

The tournament was streamed on multiple platforms such as SonyLIV, the official streaming partner for Cobx Masters, YouTube, Twitch in association with BeyondTheSummit along with streams in different languages such as Russian and Chinese with the help of International broadcast partners, UCC.

Cobx Masters is title sponsored by Yes Bank. The energy partner Monster ensured the teams never ran out of steam. Our ticketing partner made catered to our event attendees. Usually Unusual are our event partners and Toy Beach Club, Goa are our hospitality partner.

Sharing his thoughts, Andrei Ong of Detonator, Dota 2 said, “We have been a part of various LAN events back in Philippines, but this is our first on-ground tournament after our team formation. And winning this tournament is a great boost to our spirits to go and win more such tournaments around the globe”

While the captain of MVP PK, CS: GO said, “Winning against Alpha Red is a huge deal for us as they are one of the strongest CS: GO team we have come across so far. Being the CS: GO winner of Cobx Masters’ first edition will be very memorable for us. We hope to participate in many such tournaments and continue our winning streak.”

The first day began with group stage matches between the 12 teams across both the games to decide who would go on to compete in the semi-finals on Day 2. The following day decided which teams would move on to the Grand Final on the 7th of April to compete for the big prize and a gleaming trophy. April 7, 2019, proved to be a day of triumph for teams, Detonators and MVP PK as they emerged victorious in the Dota 2 & CS: GO finale of Cobx Masters 2019, winning a prize of $60,000/- each while the 1st runners-up- Tigers and Alpha Red took home $20,000/- each. The second and third runners-up won a prize amount of $10,000/- for each game.

Concluding the event, the founders of Cobx Gaming- Mr. Rajdip Gupta and Mr. Mujahid Rupani agreed that, “The tournament was a huge success and fulfilled its aim of bringing together the gaming community. Are focus here on would be organizing events of larger scale and creating awareness about our community among the general audience.”

The tournament saw a great footfall across the three days with the audience spilt between the 2 games. With the successful conclusion of the Phase II of Cobx Masters 2019, the expectations and excitement among the gaming enthusiasts have skyrocketed. Cobx promises its community several more of these exciting days that will give India a taste of world-class gaming tournaments in the coming years.

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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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