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ESL, Nodwin announce $64,000 ESL India Premiership

MUMBAI: E-sports company ESL, in association with Nodwin Gaming, the flagship e-sports organisation, is set to present India’s first annual tournament series, the ESL India Premiership.

The event will host six online cups and three mega LAN events throughout the year, while boasting a monumental prize pool of over $64,000, which translates into more than Rs 42 lakh in cash prizes.

The ESL India Premiership is the largest tournament series organised not just in India but in the entire South Asian region. The tournament series will present gamers the opportunity to participate as a team or an individual in online cups and win cash prizes. They will also be able to qualify for LAN events classified as ‘Challengers’ and ‘Masters’, which are organised on a world-class level. At each of the two Challengers, a total prize pool of over Rs 17 lakh will be up for grabs, with the year-ending Masters finale paying out close to Rs 20 lakh to the champions alone.

ESL MD Ralf Reichert said, “ESL’s mission is to increase the popularity of e-sports across the globe. We are excited to help build up the local e-sports community in India with Nodwin. The country’s diverse communities, along with the fact that India embraces technology like no other place, make it a perfect candidate. We are very excited to get started with the ESL India Premiership, and I personally cannot wait to experience it live, as I’m sure the crowd will be fantastic. In the meantime, we will ensure that we can deliver a world-class experience—both online and offline—to the local and international fans, and hope this tournament series helps foster growth in the region.”

Nodwin Gaming director, CEO Akshat Rathee said, “E-sports athletes are treated as celebrities worldwide and they earn millions of dollars every year by opting to embrace electronic sports as a career. This is unfortunately not yet the case in India. But we hope to change this. The ESL India Premiership is the next big e-sports revolution in our country. We feel proud to state that our continuous efforts for the last three years have led to the establishment of such a fruitful brand for our community and for our country, and it’s only just getting started. Join us and play your way up to the top of the ESL India Premiership. Meet the stars and young talents. Action and excitement are guaranteed; it’s the biggest showdown in India to date.”

The ESL India Premiership will feature three of the top e-sports titles worldwide: Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Hearthstone. It will also be the first e-sports championship in India to introduce the popular rhythm game series Just Dance, which is based on real-time dancing.

The online cups are set to start this month, while the Challengers are set for the month of August and November, with the Masters in December. In addition to active participation, ESL has partnered Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, so that fans can enjoy the ESL India Premiership action live every day from 7 to 10 pm on the Twitch ESL India Premiership Channel.