$28M Up For Grabs For Indian Gamers With eGamers Arena
Indian pro gamers will get a chance to participate in championships across video games like DOTA2, League of Legends, CS:GO, and Overwatch to win up to 28 million dollars thanks to the deal signed by eGamers Arena recently.
The new year is ringing in unprecedented opportunities for Indian pro gamers. For the first time ever in the history of Indian competitive video gaming (eSports) Indian pro gamers (the athletes, if you may) will get a chance to participate in championships across video games like DOTA2, League of Legends, CS:GO, and Overwatch to win up to 28 million dollars thanks to the deal signed by eGamers Arena recently.
eGamers Arena (eGA), an eSports startup that works out of 91springboard’s coworking space in Gurgaon, runs Indian League Gaming (ILG). They signed an exclusive strategic partnership with World Cyber Arena (WCA) on December 9th 2016, in Yinchuan, China. This was done during the WCA Global eSports Summit which gathered delegates from more than 30 eSports organizations from 20 countries and regions across the world.
This partnership gives eGA the exclusive rights to host the national WCA qualifiers in India and the winners will be able to participate in WCA region qualifications. eGA will also have the right to select and send one team directly to the WCA grand finals to be held in China this year and in future. "China leads the eSports industry and quality of their players and infrastructure is unmatched. eGA in its quest to bring the best opportunities and exposure for the Indian gaming community, has been in discussions with WCA for quite some time now and in December 2016 these discussions concluded with the WCA and eGA partnership," said Ashish Bhatia, cofounder of eGA.
"This partnership will not only help bring experiences for existing Indian pro teams but will also help in the inflow of a new set of talent pool, which is the need of the hour. Apart from the talent, this will also lead to inflow of investments in the form of Sponsors/Team Franchises etc" said Lokesh Suji, chief gamer and founder of eGA.
The eSports industry in India is at an inflection point and has immense potential with approximately 9 to 10 million serious gamers and overall gaming community of 200 million (including the casual gamers). In 2016, approximately rupees 38 lakhs was won by Indian gamers across various tournaments like IeSC, Dew Arena, Taiwan Excellence Cup, ROG Masters, Zowie Asia, and ESL.
The Indian qualifiers will be held on eGA's eSports Tournament platform to be launched early this year.