Infinix Mobile roped in as Esports Premier League S1 tournament’s title sponsor

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Smartphone maker Infinix Mobile is the title sponsor of Esports Premier League (ESPL) for its inaugural edition. The season will commence from 16 June with a massive total prize pool worth Rs 25 lakh, with the tournament teaming up with Garena to create an exclusive gaming platform for Free Fire.

Players from across the country will get a chance to showcase their skills on this mega national stage for the first time. The league will be streamed on multiple platforms including OTT giant Disney+ Hotstar as well as the official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak along with their websites.

ESPL will offer all the eight teams and their players’ comprehensive media coverage across various media platforms including digital, print, TV, and more. This will help upcoming esports professionals gain fame and stardom on par with other conventional sports.

India Today Group vice chairperson, Kalli Purie said, “This pandemic and the resultant lockdown have contributed to propelling the esports industry into mainstream entertainment. India Today’s Gaming and Esports platform will provide a thrilling experience to its users through a wide range of games, online tournaments, and an opportunity to win exciting prizes. These are very exciting times as smartphone usage continue to grow exponentially and I believe the partnership with Infinix Mobile will help us intensify our mission of taking Esports to the next level in India.”

Because of pandemic led lockdown, ESPL will be played as a virtual tournament in its inaugural edition and comprise of more than 700 online matches with about 300 plus hours of streaming. Infinix Mobile is keen on pushing the envelope when it comes to the latest in technology with its upcoming, Note 10 line-up of devices.

“The Indian online gaming industry is growing at a rate of almost 27per cent per annum and is estimated to reach $2.8B by 2022. The current pandemic situation has further fuelled the growth of the gaming industry in India. At Infinix, we are part of this revolution by making devices for the mid-range segment that is feature-rich and enhance the users gaming experience, to further amplify the gaming capability of a user our R&D has developed a technology called Darlink which optimizes and improves the performance of a device on several parameters. Our partnership with India Today for the Esports Premier League is just another step towards achieving the same goal. We look forward to a fruitful association and intend to encourage budding talent in this field,” Infinix Mobile CEO Anish Kapoor, said while announcing the association.

The tournament, which will be played over a period of two and a half months, will have initial two levels to screen the best eight teams which progress into the grand finale representing eight cities across the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Punjab, and Rajasthan.