S8UL nominated for the global “Esports Awards 2022”
(Esports news) Proving yet again its stance in the global esports landscape, S8UL became the first Indian Esports organisation to get a nomination for the prestigious global "Esports Awards" in the ‘Content Group of the Year’ category while its co-founder Naman Mathur aka Mortal has been nominated for ‘Esports Personality of the Year’. The country’s most popular Esports group will compete with top international esports organisations including 100 Thieves and Faze Clan; Naman Mathur aka mortal gets the nomination for ‘Esports Personality of the Year’
The esports awards are regarded as the most popular and significant annual awards in the Esports industry globally. It is the world’s top honour for the excellence and accomplishments of athletes and teams in the Esports industry worldwide. S8UL is the brainchild of the country's three veteran Esports players, Naman Mathur aka Mortal, Animesh Agarwal aka 8Bit Thug and Lokesh Jain aka Goldy, who created this organisation with an aim to shape the Indian gaming industry into a mix of professional gameplay and engaging content for the audiences.
“A nomination in the "Esports Awards" shows the strong position that S8UL has created in the global Esports circuit. It’s the result of the hard work that team S8UL has put in in the last two years. I am very confident that this nomination will be a motivation not just for us but for everyone in India who wants to contribute to the growth of Esports in the country. Mortal, as we call him the face of the Indian gaming and esports community, never misses any chance to make our country proud. I am very confident that both S8UL and Mortal are going to take a giant leap this year with these nominations and we are super excited to add more trophies at our S8UL Gaming House.” said Lokesh Jain aka Goldy.
In two years since its inception, S8UL has not only won major tournaments but has also emerged as a national sensation. With top creators and gamers on their roster, S8UL has been actively promoting the acceptance and appeal of gaming content in India through their online platforms like YouTube, Instagram, discord etc. S8UL is in contention for the award along with nine other top international organisations, such as 100 Thieves, FaZe Clan, One True King and Full Squad Gaming.
“It's our sheer dedication and hard work that our creators have become brands in themselves. We are building an esports community which has put India on the global map. The vision we started with was to compete globally in terms of both gameplay and esports content, and we truly see the vision coming to fruition now. This has been made possible by the trust placed on our creators, the community and the brands alike. Hoping for continued support, to bring the trophies home. This is a big motivation for us to keep entertaining with newer content everyday.” said Animesh Agarwal aka 8Bit Thug.
Mortal has been nominated alongside other top athletes like Faker and Goldenboy. He is also the only Indian Esports athlete to be nominated in the history of the global “Esports Awards”. Earlier, he was nominated for the Streamer of the Year in 2020 and 2021 and claimed second place on both occasions.
“Getting nominated in the prestigious ‘Esports Awards’ is in itself a moment of pride. It’s like the Oscars for Esports where winners get selected from the best in the world. It’s the biggest recognition for any Esports athlete or a team. Esports industry has grown rapidly in the recent past and so has the competition level. It’s a great moment for S8UL and for me personally as it’s my third successive nomination, fingers crossed, hope this year "It's Coming Home" said Naman Mathur aka Mortal.
Also read: GodLike Esports signs with eSports and gaming agency, Numen
GodLike Esports signs with eSports and gaming agency, Numen
(Esports news) GodLike Esports, which is India’s top esports teams, has joined hands with Numen Esports and Gaming for eSports and gaming management services. The professional esports team, which has BGMI, Free Fire and CODR rosters, features the top gamers from India including Jonathan Amaral, Arshpreet “Gill'' Singh, Abhishek “ZGOD” Choudhary, Vivek “ClutchGod'' Aabhas and Suraj “Neyoo” Majumdar. Through this association, Numen Esports will be managing the team’s tournament development, investment and consulting services and merchandise.
Numen Esports & Gaming is a gaming and esports focused agency, with industry veterans such as Manoj George, Sachin Parkale and Kaustubh Purohit at the helm. They bring their expertise and industry and their technical know-how to the table to provide a wide array of services from talent management, large gaming IPs, short/long format content & brand partnerships. Numen also has a host of talent, including other top creators like, Gaming Guru, Mr. Spike, Lolzzz, Novaking and more. They rakedin a revenue of ₹136 billion last year, and projected to hit ₹290 crore by 2024-25 (as per a KPMG report), the gaming industry in India is scaling at a rapid pace and Numen Esports was founded to support this ecosystem by creating opportunities for talented gamers to pursue a viable career in it.
Talking about the partnership, Manoj George, Co-Founder & CEO, Numen Esports and Gaming, said, “GodLike is undoubtedly one of the most recognized names in the Indian esports industry and we are happy to partner with them to take the team and the brand to unparalleled heights. The gaming industry in India is at a very exciting stage, with huge developments and incredible opportunities for the esports athletes and brands. We are excited to be the bridge between them and create extraordinary content and experiences for fans.”
Kaustubh Purohit, Director, Numen, said, “Our focus at Numen Esports has been to contribute to the growing Indian esports and gaming ecosystem by scouting and representing gamers and teams. GodLike is a huge phenomenon in the Indian gaming space, with all that they’ve managed to achieve in a short span of time and we are going to work together to accelerate this growth even further.”
Sachin Parkale, Director, Numen, said, “Numen and GodLike have a common vision to make India a superpower in the global gaming and esports industry. With the rapid growth the industry has been seeing recently, we are confident we can make a significant impact together.”
Chetan ‘Kronten’ Chandgude, Founder, GodLike Esports, said, “We are ecstatic to partner with Numen Esports and are assured they will help us achieve great things. In the preliminary discussions itself, I saw the synergies and the shared passion to build something exceptional for GodLike and the Indian gaming industry and we’re looking forward to setting everything in motion.”
LOCO to be ESPL's Exclusive Digital Broadcast Partner for Season 2
(Esports news) Esports Premier League (ESPL) has roped in India’s leading gaming streaming platform, LOCO as its exclusive digital broadcast partner for the second season of the event which is fast gaining popularity. The franchise-based league will have its first-ever, offline Grand Finals via a LAN event. All matches of the second season will be live-streamed exclusively on Loco’s app and website (loco.gg).
Loco is a virtual world of gaming communities that provides exclusive space to gaming creators and viewers. In the last few years, Loco has witnessed exponential growth. Daily active viewers have scaled by 15 x whereas monthly active viewers have seen 8x growth. Monthly active streamers have grown 5x times and live watch hours have scaled 78x times since January, 2021. The Grand Finals of the league will be hosted via LAN event, making it the league’s first-ever offline Grand Finals.
Esports Premier League has already roped in global premium smartphone brand, TECNO Mobile as its presenting sponsor for the second edition of the country’s first franchise-based esports league. TECNO Mobile plans to promote its upcoming smartphone phone, TECNO Pova 3 through this league. The poised to launch smartphone will give a class-apart gaming experience to the users. It not only offers a super-fast processing speed but also comes with a massive battery.
This year’s league is set to engage esports athletes across the country in a high-voltage action of the most popular battle royale game, ‘BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA (BGMI)’ and carries a massive prize pool of Rs. 1 crore.
Talking about the announcement of the league’s association with Loco, ESPL Director Vishwalok Nath said: “With shared values and a compelling gaming proposition, we are super excited to team up with India’s leading gaming streaming platform Loco.”
“We are pleased to be working together with the team to create interesting and engaging content for the esports fans and the community out there. We are always keen to associate with brands that share the same passion for esports as us and are looking forward to a fruitful association.”
According to a recent FICCI-EY media and entertainment report 2022, content creation and concurrent viewership around gaming saw a massive surge in India and there is also a meteoric rise in esports viewership, from 600,000 hours in 2020 to 2 million hours in 2021.
Commenting on the partnership, Ashwin Suresh, Founder, Loco, said, “Loco will play a pivotal role in growing the fanbase for ESPL and providing yet another entertaining experience for the Indian gaming community. As the exclusive broadcast partner for the league, we will provide fans with tons of exclusive content and a chance to interact with their favorite streamers. We’re excited to partner with the India Today Group on this landmark esports league as we continue to actively support the growth of the esports ecosystem in India.”
Highly active users spend over one hour daily on Loco, making it the gaming community’s platform of choice for a seamless streaming and highly engaging fan experience.
The league will be played in two separate stages in the initial phase, online qualifiers and invitational qualifiers, to shortlist the top 16 teams. The first 12 teams, top-2 teams from the open qualifiers and top-10 teams from the invitational qualifiers, will progress directly into the finals.
The teams ranked from 3 to 10 (7 teams) in the online qualifiers and teams ranked from 11 to 18 from invitational qualifiers will compete for the other two spots available in the finals. The upcoming edition of India’s premier esports league, ESPL has already kick-started their online qualifiers.
Also read: Chemin Esports to take part in the historic BGMI Master Series
Chemin Esports to take part in the historic BGMI Master Series
(Esports news) Chemin Esports, a leading Esports and talent Incubator that supports budding esports athletes and aspiring content creators in the field of gaming, has been invited to take part in the BGMI Master Series scheduled to begin on 24th June 2022. With a pool prize of 1.5 Cr, this is the first time an Esports tournament is going to be aired LIVE on Star Sports 2.
The BGMI Master Series will be aired in English, Hindi, and Tamil language. The Master Series will go live between 8.00 PM to 11.30 PM IST daily. It’s a 24 days long event and 24 teams will be participating in this tournament.
Speaking on this development, Chemin’s Founder and Director, Ishan Verma, said, “We are very happy and it is like a dream coming true for the Esports industry. As the industry manages to attract big brands to invest in the segment, they are also putting all the efforts to formalise Esports in the country. While Esports have become immensely popular among Indian audiences, going LIVE on Star Sports will help the Esports segment to take a leap forward in the sports category”.
Speaking on this, Chemin BGMI Player Ammar “Destro” Khan said, “We are excited for this event. It’s a dream come true for me and my family to play live on television. When I took up this career, I never thought I would get a chance to play on National Television. I will give my best for the team and hope to get the trophy home.”
As per the news in media, Star Sports in collaboration with NODWIN Gaming will be airing the BGMI Masters Series tournament LIVE from NODWIN Studio and together they aim to create awareness on Esports among the youth and the general audience, and highlight the immense opportunities that are evolving among the Esports industry.
Also read: ESFI’s National qualifiers to select Indian contingent for 14th WEC
Borussia Dortmund bid €33 million for Sebastien Haller
(Football news) Borussia Dortmund have reportedly made Sebastien Haller their top target to replace Erling Haaland, and they are ready to pay a transfer fee of €33 million plus bonuses to sign the in-form Ajax striker. There has been plenty of inquest at Dortmund regarding their search for a new striker in recent weeks. The Black and Yellows have decided to move for Sebastien Haller and the striker is also keen to join the club.
Dortmund are only willing to pay €33 million plus bonuses for the 27 year old, while Ajax want a transfer fee of €38 million up front plus bonuses. On the other hand, Dortmund's current offer is not very far from Ajax’s demands. Haller is coming off an impressive season with Ajax as he scored 34 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions, including 11 goals in just eight UEFA Champions League games. The former Eintracht Frankfurt striker has turned down more lucrative offers from the English Premier League to make his return to the Bundesliga and help Dortmund win their first Bundesliga title since 2012.
Borussia Dortmund have long held a long term interest in Haller, and they believe that he would be the ideal replacement for Erling Haaland who left the club after two successful years. According to reports, Sasa Kalajdzic of Stuttgart is another player Dortmund is interested in and could be a plan B if a move for Haller does not work out. Lucas Alario is another option and would consider him as a short-term fix. Dortmund saw Erling Haaland leave the club this summer after he signed for Premier League champions Manchester City. The move wasn’t a surprise, as Haaland was expected to leave the German side this transfer window, but now the team is trying to pin down a suitable replacement for the Norwegian goal scoring machine and hopefully make the same impact as Haaland had at the club
In 2021-22, Haller scored 21 goals and added 7 assists in the Eredivisie but he got true recognition with his true heroics at the UEFA Champions League where he scored 11 goals in 8 matches in what was an incredible personal run from the Ivory Coast international. Dortmund was clearly impressed with his showing in the Champions League last year, enough to see him as a suitable replacement for Haaland. Haller is predominantly an ideal target man in the air, along with being good in the air he shows incredible pace for a big man, something that Dortmund are familiar with as Haaland played in a similar manner. If Haller joins Dortmund then he will be their 4th signing after Nikals Sule, Nico Schlotterback and Karim Adeyemi.
ESFI’s National qualifiers to select Indian contingent for 14th WEC
(Esports news) The national qualification tournament -- National Esports Championships (NESC 2022) will select the Indian esports contingent for the 14th edition of the International Esports Federation’s (IESF) World Esports Championship to be held in Bali, Indonesia, will begin on Saturday. The qualification tournament will be conducted under the aegis of the Esports Federation of India (ESFI). The NESC are being conducted for CS:GO & Tekken7; Kashmir’s Tekken 7 athletes Wasfi Bilal, Shakir Khan and Arsalan Nabi Wani will compete to seal this year’s WEC berth
The NESC’22 will be conducted online with the top athletes from across the country competing and showcasing their skills and strategies. The qualifiers will be played in a double-elimination format and shall be concluded by June 20. This year’s World Esports Championship shall be held in Bali from November 27 to Dec 7 and will boast of massive prize pool of USD 500,000 (~Rs 4 crore). CS:GO will see participation of 16 teams competing with veteran team consist of Ritesh Sarda (Captain), Hrishikesh Shenoy, Anshul Ajay Adarkar, Shuvajyoti Chakraborty, Harsh Jain & Ninad Ramesh Sonare), which won the last NESC2022 for 13th WEC, Eilat.
On the other hand, single-player title Tekken7 will witness participation of total 37 players, including top stars Hitesh Khorwal, winner of last NESC2022 (for 13th WEC, Eilat) and Rohit Jain winner of NESC2022 (for WSL2021) and Abhinav Tejan, who is the veteran of Tekken India.
As Esports is getting popular across India, Wasfi Bilal, Shakir Khan and Arsalan Nabi Wani from Kashmir are also participating in the national qualifiers and Wasfi Bilal aka Yoshikiller719 is also amongst the top Tekken7 esports athletes of the country and will look to seal this year’s WEC berth.
“We will now proceed with the tournaments witnessing top esports athletes giving cut throat challenges in different categories to make it successfully to the WEC. It will be a gruelling event as the players will have to showcase their best strategy, skills and presence of mind, upon with the pressure to make the cut to be part of the Indian contingent for WEC’22. It will be an action-packed and edge-of-the-seat thrilling tournament for sure.” said Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation.
The DOTA team, comprising of veteran athletes like Moin Ejaz (captain), Krish, Abhishek, Ketan and Darshan, which qualified for the 2022 Asian Games, will be part of Team India for the 14th World Esports Championships. With regards to PES2022, the recent update of PES/eFOOTBALL still does not have an option to hold online championship; given the situation, ESFI is evaluating to organise a physical event that may be held in Delhi/Mumbai. The dates and venue for the qualifiers will be announced soon.
The Indian contingent, selected based on their performances in the NESC2022, will take part in the World Esports Championships Regional Qualifiers, for which dates will be announced soon by the IESF. The Regional Qualifiers will be organised along with other continental federations. ESFI continued its partnership with Artsmith-Concepts & Visions which will extend its support as the communication partner. The National Esports Championships will be streamed live semifinal onwards on ESFI’s official YouTube channel as well as on the Facebook page.
Also read: Chemin Esports secures a Double Podium Finish
Chemin Esports secures a Double Podium Finish
(Esports news) Chemin Esports, a leading Esports and talent Incubator that supports budding esports athletes and aspiring content creators in the field of gaming, continued its winning streak with its BGMI team featuring amongst the top three at the TEC BGMI Invitational Season 4 and Upthrust Esports Pro Showdown Season 1. Chemin finished at the third and the second position in the Grand Finals of respective tournaments.
Chemin gave a brilliant performance in the Grand Finals of the Pro Showdown by accumulating a total of 414 points after playing 36 matches which included 6 chicken dinner games. Parth Garg (CES DeltaPG) finished at the tied 2nd Position in the MVP List with 60 Finishes.
This was followed by another impressive performance by the team in the TEC Invitational Season 4 where Chemin accumulated 109 points after playing 10 matches in the Grand Finals and securing back to back podium finishes in a day. Parth Garg (CES Deltapg) & Justin Nadar (CES Justin) finished at the tied 2nd Position in the MVP List with 17 Finishes each.
Speaking on his team’s win, Chemin’s Founder and Director, Ishan Varma, said, “Our focus and training is showing excellent results and I am happy that our team is continuing its winning run. For us, it’s important to stay on the top and be the best in the industry and it gives me great satisfaction that our team is consistently featuring right at the top. While Esports is gaining attention and getting more serious, I wish to see my team go live on mainstream sports television channels.”
TEC BGMI Invitational Season 4 was a 6 days tournament with a prize pool of INR 15 Lakhs. 32 teams were invited for this tournament. While Upthrust Esports Pro Showdown was a 13 days tournament with a prize pool of INR 10 Lakhs. 18 teams were invited for this tournament.
Also read: India book 2022 CEC berth in DOTA2 and Rocket League
India book 2022 CEC berth in DOTA2 and Rocket League
(Esports news) The Indian esports teams secured their berths in the inaugural edition of the 2022 Commonwealth Esports Championships, Birmingham (1st – 7th August) for DOTA2 and Rocket League following impressive performances in the South Asian regional qualifiers. Led by Hargun Singh (Hargun <2), the Indian team registered emerged victorious in all their three matches to finish atop the points table in the Rocket League title while DOTA2 team, comprising captain Moin Ejaz, Ketan Goyal, Abhishek Yadav, Shubham Goli, Vishal Vernekar, claimed four wins from six matches in the regional qualifiers to secure the Commonwealth Esports Championships spot with the second-place finish.
Apart from skipper Hargun 'Hargun <2' Singh (Captain), Nirjhar 'josce.' Mehta and Rushil 'Rushil_Y' Reddy Yarram were also part of the Indian team in the Rocket League title. They started their campaign with a thrilling 3-2 win against Pakistan and then clinched 3-1 and 3-0 victories against the Maldives and Sri Lanka Respectively in their next two games.
“My experience in the whole regional qualifiers so far has been an eye-opener with regards to how esports is expanding so quickly in regions like South Asia, especially in rocket league. Considering how much potential there is, this regional event will help motivate the rocket league community to participate in every competition and keep them motivated to improve in this game, seeking more opportunities to pursue esports events in general. We would like to thank the federation [ESFI], who has been very supportive & helped us to sail through the regional qualifiers smoothly. We will perform at our level best in the main championship and try to put a podium finish at the event” said elated Hargun Singh, Captain of the Indian Rocket League team.
The Indian rocket league team is a combination of two teams which have participated in over 30 Rocket League events in the past 3 years. These individuals hold the Grand Champion Rank in Rocket League and lived up to the expectations by defeating all other countries in the South Asian Regional qualifiers for CEC-2022.
On the other hand, the Indian team, competing in DOTA2, defeated Sri Lanka in both the rounds while managed to win in one round each against Pakistan and Bangladesh to finish second after Pakistan.
“We are happy and a bit disappointed as well for our run in the regional qualifiers as we were expecting a clean sweep. We will continue our grind and have to study good teams in our Esports title and learn better strategies, skills, coordination and teamwork. We are very excited to face good teams around the world at the main event” said Moin Ejaz, Captain of the Indian DOTA2 team.
This is the same team identified and selected to represent Indian on DOTA2 at Asian Games 2022 and this will surely give them good exposure and practice with the International teams and help in their preparations for the upcoming Asian Games 22.
"Growth and potential of esports is overwhelming and you will have to get involved, sooner the better. Just like Olympics, “esports” is one of the recommendations outlined in the new Commonwealth Sport 2026/30 Strategic Roadmap. Commonwealth Games is another big sporting event in line with Asian Games, it’s reassuring to see that Commonwealth has also openly decided to engage with esports (with this side event) and soon esports will be a medal sport in CW games too. I congratulate our Indian contingent as they displayed their top gameplay, skills and strategy to secure their maiden Commonwealth Esports Championships berth. I believe each of them will make the most of this opportunity and make India proud by bringing laurels to the country” said Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director ESFI & VP- Asian Esports Federation.
With the participation of top international esports teams, the upcoming Commonwealth Esports Championships will provide great exposure and much-needed game time for the Indian players ahead of the 2022 Asian Games, where esports will be making its debut as a medal sport. Alongside DOTA2 and Rocket League, PES2022 will also be part of the Inaugural edition of the Commonwealth Esports Championship.
Team Soul crowned Battlegrounds Mobile India Pro Series 2022 champions
(Esports news) Team Soul won the inaugural edition of the Battlegrounds Mobile India Pro Series after producing a dominant show during the four day Grand Finals. The team secured the title with 335 points, 85 more than second placed OR Esports who managed to get 250 points from 24 matches. The result means that Team Soul have won INR 75 lakhs from a prize pool of INR 2 crore. Team Soul was led by Sahil Jhakar (Soul Omega) and composed of Sohail Shaikh (Soul Hector), assaulters Akshat Goel (Soul Akshat) and Harsh Paudwal (Soul Goblin). The team was coached by Amit Dubey (Soul Amit) and Aman Jain (Soul Aman).
“This moment gives me a sense of accomplishment and honour that our team’s diligence and commitment finally paid off. BMPS is a marquee event in the BGMI scenario, since it showcases all the titans of the Indian mobile battle royale community. This tournament was our dream. It was a tough grind and finally winning it is a momentous achievement for all our team members.
“It’s the whole team’s love and dedication toward the sport and sheer hard work which resulted in us achieving the top spot in the Grand Finals. This is special, given the level of competition that we had to play to emerge as the champions. Team Soul is here now, the comeback is strong, and we can assure you it’s just the beginning,” said an elated Team Soul’s captain Sahil Jhakar aka Soul Omega after winning the BMPS title.
Naman Mathur aka Mortal, owner of Team Soul added: “It was intense. Competing against seasoned esports players definitely made it more compulsive and our win more worthwhile. The team was well synced and we were determined to top the charts. Winning the inaugural edition of India’s biggest esports event, BMPS, makes me feel proud of the team and I look forward to endeavouring more success. BGMI is our playground where we have invested a lot of time and energy with the sole aim to win.
“I believe with this title, we have taken a giant leap in reinstating Team Soul's place among the mobile gaming teams in India. As a mentor to the team, and someone who has seen their journey, from spirits breaking during practice, to failing but rising to grind together, I would say the team deserves the victory. The whole S8UL family is proud of the team, and we all rejoice today. We are positive that all our teams as part of S8UL will delight the fans in the coming days with their performance! But today, let's celebrate Team Soul.”
All individual awards won by Team Soul in BMPS:
1. Most Valuable Player - Harsh Paudwal aka Soul Goblin – Rs 2.5 lakhs
2. Most Finishes – Team Soul – Rs 2 lakh
3. Lone Survivors - Akshat Goel aka Soul Akshat – Rs 1 lakh
4. Rampage Freak - Harsh Paudwal aka Soul Goblin – Rs 1 lakh
Team Soul reaches final of Battlegrounds Mobile India Pro Series
(Esports news) Team Soul have made their way into the grand finals in the inaugural edition of the Battlegrounds Mobile India Pro Series (BMIPS). Team Soul, champions of PUBG Mobile India Series 2019, qualified for the finals after finishing second in the high-voltage league stage with 519 points (finishes – 274 and position points - 245), including nine chicken dinners.
A prominent team, comprising of country’s popular BGMI athletes—gaming leader Sahil Jhakar (Soul Omega), supporter Sohail Shaikh (Soul Hector), assaulters Akshat Goel (Soul Akshat) and Harsh Paudwal (Soul Goblin) pulled off brilliant gameplay in the league stage and will now aim for the top finish in the finals. The team has been coached by Amit Dubey (Soul Amit) and Aman Jain (Soul Aman).
Team Soul’s assaulter Harsh Paudwal aka Soul Goblin was the most impressive athlete in the league stage as he put up an exceptional performance to claim the highest 120 kills in the tournament. He was also the fastest player to score 100 kills in the league stage.
The team also has veteran BGMI athletes Naman Mathur aka Mortal and Yash Soni aka Viper as substitute players who featured in the last four games of the league stage. Mortal won a chicken dinner in the first game itself while, on the other hand, Viper also played a crucial role to help the team become one of the hot favourites to win the championship.
“We are really happy that we made it out of a really competitive league stage for the finals of the BMPS series. We didn’t start as the favourites of winning the championship but the sheer dedication and hard work of every team member resulted in getting the spot in the Finals of the tournament. The Finals will be a portentous evaluation of our team’s skill but I have a firm belief in the team’s zeal and hard work. It is a challenge which was awaited by us and we feel more than ready to take it. The right mentality and proper grind towards the game make everything possible and a sure-shot path to success,” an elated Naman Mathur aka Mortal said after qualifying for the finals.
Battlegrounds Mobile India Pro Series is the country’s biggest BGMI tournament and features a prize pool of Rs 2 crore in the ongoing Season 1 wherein 16 teams will fight for the prestigious crown in the grand finals, scheduled from June 9 to 12. The champion team will take home Rs 75 lakh while the second and third-placed teams will bag Rs 35 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively. With 16 teams in action, 24 matches will be played over a period of four days in the BMIPS Season 1 finals. A team securing the highest cumulative score, in the end, will be crowned champions of Battleground Mobile India Pro Series Season 1/
ONE Esports named Media Partner for League of Legends Champions Korea
(Esports news) ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship™ (ONE), has been named Official Media Partner for League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK). The League of Legends tournament is organised by League of Legends Champions Korea Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Riot Games Korea Limited.
The LCK Summer Split 2022 will take place from 15 June to August 2022 in South Korea. The tournament will see 10 of the best League of Legends teams from Korea compete for a US $370,000 prize pool.
The 10 teams will first compete in a best-of-3, double round robin format at the Group Stage, and the top six teams will qualify for the Playoffs. The Playoffs will be played in a best-of-5 single elimination format, and the top two teams will qualify for the Semi-Finals. Subsequently, the winning team of the LCK Summer Split 2022 will qualify for Worlds 2022, the annual professional League of Legends world championship tournament hosted by Riot Games. Worlds 2022 will run across the North American continent in Mexico, New York City, Toronto, and San Francisco, in the Fall later this year.
Through this appointment, ONE Esports will manage the production of localized content related to the LCK Summer Split 2022, including short-form videos and written coverage. All video content, including tournament highlights, player interviews, fan interactions, and more, will be distributed across ONE Esports’ digital channels. ONE Esports will also publish a series of articles covering the LCK in localized languages to be distributed exclusively on the ONE Esports website, oneesports.gg.
“It is motivating to work with the dedicated team at League of Legends Champions Korea Limited who are committed to delivering high quality events and telling remarkable stories. The popularity of League of Legends Champions Korea, coupled with ONE Esports’ passionate fanbase and extensive reach, will take the tournament’s phenomenal success to the global stage,” said Carlos Alimurung, CEO, ONE Esports.
“We are excited to welcome ONE Esports as our newest partner for League of Legends Champions Korea," said Aiden Lee, the Secretary-General, League of Legends Champions Korea Limited. “Storytelling is such an important aspect in esports because it allows our audience to engage with our brand and talents in deep and meaningful ways. We are thrilled that with ONE Esports’ expertise and presence in esports, we will be able to bring LCK closer to fans around the world.”
Also read: Chemin Esports finish third in 8BIT Thug Invitational Season 5
Chemin Esports finish third in 8BIT Thug Invitational Season 5
(Esports news) Chemin Esports finished third in the Grand Finals of 8BIT Thug Invitational Season 5, tied on points with the second placed Enigma Gaming (260 Points) while Global Esports stood in first position with a total of 290 points. Parth Garg aka CesDeltaPG from Chemin Esports secured his position as one of the top 5 FRAGGERS with his tally of 39 Finishes just behind the Frag Leader who had 44 Finishes.
Speaking on his team’s win, Chemin’s Founder and Director, Ishan Varma, said, “I am happy with the way our team is performing, and the consistency to lead the league this year. This year, we are growing steadily and we plan to add Pokémon in our Esports line-up. We foresee ourselves to lead the Esport industry in the coming years.”
Sixteen teams qualified for the Grand Finals from the group of thirty-two teams that were part of the BGMI’s League Stage of Thug Invitational Season 5. Chemin Esports qualified for the Grand Finals in style, finishing on top of the table with 173 Points, and Justin Nadar aka CesJUSTIN topped the FRAGGER list during the league stage with 33 Finishes.
The league stage was scheduled between 9th to 17th May 22, and the Grand Finals were from 18th to 25th May. Sixteen teams played twenty-four matches in four days. Brands like Monster Energy, LOCO, AORUS, Intel, and Villager Esports were associated with the BGMI’s 8BIT Thug Invitational Season 5.
Rooter signs deal with Godlike Esports for exclusive streaming rights
(Esports news) Rooter has signed a deal with Godlike for the exclusive streaming rights for GodLike’s BGMI, Free Fire, CODM, and new forms of live gaming content with the partnership being stated to be the biggest eSports deal in India’s history. The deal is not just limited to game streaming as Rooter will also sponsor Godlike in all the upcoming tournaments and events. The team currently comprises ‘Jonathan’ Amaral, Abhijeet ‘Ghatak’ Andhare, Abhishek ‘ZGOD’ Choudhary, Vivek ‘ClutchGod’ Horo, Suraj ‘Neyoo’ Majumdar, and Ashpreet ‘Gill’ Singh. All these streamers will now exclusively be seen streaming live streams on Rooter, as a part of this collaboration.
Dipesh Agarwal, Co-Founder & COO, Rooter shared his excitement around the partnership stating, “GodLike is one of the most popular teams in the Indian eSports ecosystem and we foresee building a long-term relationship with them. Having their roster of professional gamers as part of our massive community will give the fans tons of exclusive content and a chance to interact with their favourite streamers. This is the biggest deal ever signed in India’s esports ecosystem, and by joining forces with GodLike, we look forward to building an enormous and competitive community of streamers and influencers on our platform.”
Amar Sanjay Chandgude, Director, Godlike esports said, “We are thrilled to partner with the country’s most popular game streaming platform. The speed of innovation and the incredible gaming experience Rooter offers reaffirms its commitment to scale eSports in India. GODLIKE ESPORTS is known for exploring and nurturing gaming talent across India. They have created India's leading teams in BGMI, FREE FIRE AND CODM. The team is on a mission to build the most successful eSports ecosystem the world has ever witnessed.”
Despite esports being at a nascent stage in India, the industry has quickly scaled to INR 3 billion in FY2021 and estimates pointing towards 11 billion by FY2025. Moreover, esports could generate an economic value of INR 100 billion between now and FY2025.
Himanshu Chandnani: New Marketing/ Talent Consultant of Chemin Esports
(Esports news) New Delhi, 19 May’22: Poised to grow at a steady rate, Chemin Esports, the country’s leading esports firm has appointed Himanshu Chandnani as its Marketing & Talent Consultant. Chemin Esports, one of India’s leading esports organizations, is stoked to announce the appointment of Himanshu Chandnani. Himanshu will join the growing team of Chemin in the capacity of Marketing and talent consultant.
Himanshu’s appointment is expected to strengthen Chemin’s strategic talent hires and take the firm’s marketing endeavors to the next stage, in line with Chemin’s vision and long-term growth plan. Chandnani’s role at Chemin will mainly revolve around conceptualizing brand-building initiatives, creating new video IPs, planning the social media content calendar, and grooming Chemin’s talent.
Chemin Esports is one of the fastest-growing Esports organizations in India, the Indian Esports industry is very young, and Indian companies are attracting audience nationally and from the international markets. India has 500 million+ Gamers and sports fans.
Recently, Chemin had announced its collaboration with Rooter, a game streaming platform, to expand its reach by creating a strategic content partnership. Followed by in April, this year, Mountain Dew, the leading global beverage brand, became its official beverage partner.
Himanshu’s appointment have come at an opportune time when things are looking bright and upwards at Chemin. Armed with the rich experience and connections in the fields of gaming, esports, talent grooming, influencer marketing, marketing consultation, and creator marketing, Himanshu has a knowledge of what clicks and what doesn’t in the field of esports.
Speaking about his position and vision for Chemin, Himanshu said, “It is great to be associated with a growing company like Chemin, as the company is focusing on creating opportunities for evolving gamers, a platform for brands to reach-out to its audience, and definitely leading the position in the evolving industry, it just gives me the right mix of opportunities to leverage my experience and evolve in the growing industry”
Speaking on this move, Chemin’s Founder and Director, Ishan Varma, said "It’s a very favorable time for us, considering our team performance, the collaborations we had in the recent past, and the leading position we have achieved among the evolving Esports industry in India, it will be important to have the right people in our team. Himanshu’s arrival & his experience will strengthen our team’s confidence and allow us to spread our wings in the evolving Indian gaming industry."
Himanshu has been previously associated with Red Owl Gaming as Content & Esports Head, and Sportskeeda as the Esports Consultant, besides founding and co-founding websites and companies such as TGW Gaming, Cricping.com, and WeSocializeu.
ESFI announces strong Indian Esports contingent for 2022 Asian Games
(Esports news) The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) announced a strong 18-member Indian contingent for the 2022 Asian Games where Esports will be a medal sport for the first time ever. Team Whoops sealed Asian games berth by defeating Team Avengers in the DOTA2 grand finals at ESFI’s National Esports Championships
Following eight days of high-voltage competition and nail-biting action in the ESFI’s National Esports Championship 2022 (NESC ’22), the winners have been selected to represent the country at the prestigious continental tournament, scheduled in Hangzhou, China from September 10-25. The NESC ’22 saw more than 200 esports athletes from across the country battling it out virtually in the five popular Esports titles—DOTA2, Hearthstone, FIFA22, Street Fighter V and League of Legends. The runners-up of single player titles—FIFA22, Street Fighter V and Hearthstone—will also be part of the Indian contingent.
“We are delighted with the energy of the national qualifiers. All the esports athletes gave everything to earn themselves a chance to represent the country. It’s great to see high-quality competition for each position. I congratulate all the athletes and wish them good luck for their preparations for the upcoming Asian Games,” said Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director ESFI & VP-Asian Esports Federation.
“We conducted NESC ’22 in a double elimination format in order to provide equal opportunity to each player or team. And we are thrilled to pick a strong Indian squad. I believe each of them will make the most of this opportunity and make India proud by bringing laurels to the country,” Suji added.
On the final day of the championships, Team Whoops emerged champions in DOTA2 and made the cut into the Indian contingent for the Asiad. A team, comprising veteran athletes like Moin Ejaz (Captain), Krish, Abhishek, Ketan, Darshan and Shubham, notched up a comprehensive 3-0 win against Team Avengers in the best-of-five final.
“I have been playing DOTA since my childhood days and now it’s a great honour for me to lead the Indian team in its maiden appearance at the Asian Games in this game. I would like to thank the federation [ESFI], who has been very supportive & professional. We will give our best to bring glory for the country in the Asiad” said elated Moin, skipper of Team Whoops.
The national champions and the runners-up, who will be part of the Indian contingent at the Asian Games 2022, are:
FIFA22 - Charanjot Singh and Karman Singh Tikka
Street Fighter V - Mayank Prajapati and Ayan Biswas
Hearthstone - Shikhar Choudhary and Karthik Varma
League of Legends - Team Temple of kings ( captain Akshaj Shenoy, Samarth Arvind Trivedi, Mihir Ranjan, Aditya Selvaraj, Aakash Shandilya and Sanindhya Malik)
DOTA 2 – Team Whoops (captain Moin Ejaz, Krish, Abhishek, Ketan, Darshan and Shubham)
The Indian contingent will now participate in the AESF’s Road to Asian Games-Regional Qualifiers (June-July, 2022), which will be conducted to decide seeding for the main event in China. ESFI continued its partnership with Artsmith- Concepts & Visions which has extended its support as the communication partner.
Also read: Shikhar, Karthik & Team Temple of Kings seal 2022 Asian Games spot