Esports

Krafton to host its official NEW STATE MOBILE esports event in Korea

KRAFTON has announced that it will host its first official NEW STATE MOBILEesports event in Korea from 5 to 19 February 2022. With a prize pool of more than $250,000, the NEW STATE MOBILE Open Challenge will offer the largest payout for an amateur esports event in the history of the country. During this event, players will exclusively play NEW STATE MOBILE’s new BR: Extreme Mode, which launched globally on Android and iOS last week as part of the game’s major January Update.

Ultimate Battle introduces social networking for gamers

Ultimate Battle has now incorporated innovative social networking features for gamers on their platforms to let gamers interact, engage, create and share content exclusively. 

India beats Pakistan and Nepal to win the World Esports Cup 2021 Title

Demonstrating top skills and outclassing opponents from Pakistan and Nepal in the Global Finals, India’s Total Gaming lifted the title as the action-packed inaugural edition of the World Esports Cup 2021 (WEC ’21) concluded with a bang.

NODWIN Gaming’s BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender postponed amid omicron scare

NODWIN Gaming announces the postponement of BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender’s current festival which was slated to be held in February this year. The gaming company informs that the festival stands postponed until further notice. 

KFC India joins hands with OR Esports as official Chicken Dinner partner

 Serving up a recipe for fun, OR Esports announces KFC India as the team’s ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ (WWCD) sponsor for 2022. As sponsors, KFC would support streaming of gaming events, provide unique jerseys for players to wear their excitement and also perhaps surprise players with a digital avatar of Colonel Sanders! As brands in India battle for Gen Z’s attention, being the ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ sponsor puts KFC India in the very battleground where all the action is taking place. As makers of the World’s Tastiest Chicken, KFC India will now be inducing some ‘crispiness’ in the gaming arena as well, giving their young netizen consumers an opportunity to enjoy their KFC Bucket and have it too!

Top teams from India, Pakistan, and Nepal to battle in final 6 matches for World Esports Cup 2021 crown

 After some nail-biting and thrilling moments, the global final leg of the grand finale of the inaugural edition of South East Asia’s tri-nation esports tournament, World Esports Cup (WEC 2021) is inching towards closure as top teams from India, Pakistan, and Nepal prepare to fight one last time for the top slots in the WEC leaderboard. In a high-voltage competition between the top esports talent from the three countries, Indian teams Chemin Esports, Total Gaming, Orangutan Elite, and Arrow Esports managed to secure the top four spots on the leaderboard coming in the final leg of the Grand Finals.

Rooter raises $25 million in Series A Round

Streaming and e-sports platform Rooter has raised $25 million in a Series A funding round led by Lightbox, March Gaming, and Duane Park Ventures. 9Unicorns, ADvantage, Capital-A, and Goal Ventures also took part in the round along with existing investors, including IeAD Sports & Health Tech Partners. 

Fan-favourite game ‘PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS’ is now free-to-play on all consoles and PC

KRAFTON Inc., South Korean video game developer, makers of BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA, announced that PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS is now free-to-play (F2P) on PC and consoles. This F2P transition, which was initially announced last month at The Game Awards (TGA), marks the start of a new era for the globally popular battle royale game. 

Triller teams up with Irony Esports and GamerzArena, joins ‘Free Fire’ Christmas League as the LIVE entertainment partner

AI-powered global platform Triller has announced their partnership with Irony Esports, a community-first esports platform and GamerzArena, India’s leading esports tournament platform. This partnership comes forth as Triller joins the Free Fire Christmas League as the live entertainment partner. The mobile esports tournament that began on 28 December has 1096 teams competing for cash prizes worth Rs one lakh. 

Skillz Launches in India with a live pilot

Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ), the leading mobile games platform, known for fair and fun competition to players worldwide announced the platform’s recent launch in India, with a live pilot for players, as the company continues scaling its global footprint in the esports sector.

Virtual Stadiums provide an exhilarating experience; fans to cheer for World Esports Cup Finalists

The inaugural edition of the WEC, which has smartphone maker Infinix Smartphones as the title sponsor, also has a whopping prize pool of Rs. 75 lakhs and the tournament is played virtually and will be streamed live on India Today Gaming YouTube channel. 

Battlegrounds Mobile India joins forces with Sony Pictures for Spider-Man-inspired game

Starting from today, BGMI players will have the opportunity to get exclusive items such as collaboration skins by completing in-game missions. More details on gameplay and items will be revealed with the launch of the BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA version 1.8 update in mid-January.

ViewSonic to host ‘United by Play Battle’ for Charity Esports Tournament

ViewSonic continues to develop gaming monitors for everyone ranging from casual gamers to professionals and has a full line of award-winning models that deliver complete immersion and responsiveness for the ultimate gaming experience. Engineered with tournament-grade features, these monitors are designed to give players the edge needed for any gaming environment.

Team Vitality reveals €50m talent investment alongside CS:GO announcement

Team Vitality shared that it is taking its CS:GO roster to the next level with the signing of Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Emil “magisk” Reif, and Danny “zonic” Sørensen. The decorated trio join Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, Dan “apEX” Madesclaire, and Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier to complete one of the strongest line-ups in CS:GO history. The new roster comes as part of a €50M investment from Rewired.gg spread over the next three years to create European super teams capable of winning the most coveted trophies in esports. The news follows the reveal of Team Vitality’s League of Legends roster, featuring World Champion finalist Luka “Perkz” Perković and back-to-back European Champion Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság.

Nodwin Gaming Opens Registrations For Valorant Conquerors Championship 2022

NODWIN Gaming, South Asia’s leading esports company, has opened registrations for its much-awaited tournament —VALORANT Conquerors Championship (VCC) 2022 — from today onwards. This mega event will give South Asian VALORANT players the chance to win a prize pool of USD 30,000 which also includes a reward of USD 1,500 for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament. VCC also gives the participating players an opportunity to qualify for the Asia Pacific (APAC) Challenger Playoffs Split 1. The winning team from there will then compete at the VCT 2022 Masters Split 1.

Rap Song featuring Top Indian Teams to spruce up the Global Finals Clash

A high-octane one-minute rap video, which featured top Free Fire teams such as Total Gaming (30 million subscribers), Desi Gamers (12.4 million), Assassins Army (4.8 million), Helping Gamer (7.7 million), Telugu Gaming (1.5 million) went viral in no time as it became an instant hit among the esports players and community.

Anand Rajwanshi, former Publicis Groupe AVP, joins Penta Esports as Chief Creative Officer

Penta Esports, the esports brand of Newgen Gaming, an India based gaming and esports company, has named Anand Rajwanshi as the Chief Creative Officer. He will be heading the company’s creative initiatives and bringing the brand’s ideas to life.

Total Gaming, TSM & Chemin Esports among 12 top Indian teams to battle for Global Finals spot at World Esports Cup

As the World Esports Cup (WEC ’21) gears up for the next level of excitement and thrilling action, Total Gaming and Team SoloMid (TSM FTX) alongside 10 other Indian teams progressed into the next stage as they will fight for a place in the global finals at South East Asia’s premier tri-nation esports tournament. 

Industry leaders recap growth of online gaming and esports in 2021

When COVID-19 brough traditional sports events in India to a grinding halt, the esports & gaming industry came to rescue people from the blues and offered virtual entertainment. The spike in online gaming majorly can be attributed to the rise in the young population, increased use of smartphones, easy availability and accessibility of technology and internet, rising investment by capitalists, and appropriate distribution network. Publishers like Garena, Riot, Krafton etc are actively involved in investing and growing Esports in India. Here’s how the year fared for platforms, organisations and brands and their upcoming plans for the year 2022:

Trinity Gaming teams up with Chemin Esports to fuel growth plans

Chemin Esports which came into existence in 2020 and in a short span of time has been one of the leading BGMI and Free Fire teams in the country. Their Free Fire line up crowned winners in Esportz Premier Series’21 and grabbed third spot in Esports Premier League 2021, whereas their BGMI team came second in Skyesports Mobile Open. Both the lineups are invited for the next official tournament i.e. Free Fire Pro League India 2021 and BGIS. This partnership will aim to offer concrete career opportunities and will focus to ensure sustained revenue for the esports athletes and gaming content creators through Trinity’s efficient talent management services.