Following the phenomenal success of the first edition, the Esports Premier League (ESPL) has announced TECNO Mobile as its presenting sponsor for the second instalment of the country’s first franchise-based gaming championship.
The most famous battle royale videogame, ‘BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA (BGMI),’ is scheduled to immerse players from across the nation this year, with a grand prize of INR 1 crore.
To shortlist the top 16 clubs, the tournament will be split up into two stages in the initial phase: online preliminaries and an invitational qualifier. The top 12 teams, including the top two teams from the online event and the top ten teams from the invitational qualifiers, will proceed to the final stage and battle for the top two slots in the finale.
Teams ranked 3 to 10 in the online qualifiers (seven teams) and teams ranked 11 to 18 in the invitational qualifiers will fight for the remaining two positions in the finals. In addition, two specific invited squads will compete for the championship in the finals.
The winning team will receive Rs 50 lakh, while the runners-up and third-placed squads would collect Rs 25 lakh and Rs 10 lakh correspondingly. The top-16 squads will receive monetary awards, while the winner of the Most Valuable Player Award shall receive Rs 1 lakh.
TECNO Mobile expects to be able to use this league to advertise its next smartphone, the TECNO Pova 3. The soon-to-be-released device will provide consumers with a one-of-a-kind gameplay perception.
Arijeet Talapatra, CEO, TECNO Mobile India said, “India’s gaming community is witnessing a boom and growing exponentially at a rate of 38% per annum. The Indian gaming industry is estimated to be valued at $3.9+ billion by 2025. These developments have heightened gamers’ expectations from the technology sector and there is an increased demand for better and more powerful gaming devices with high-end processors, augmented speed and longer battery life. We have been driving this revolution with our feature-rich gaming devices under the ‘POVA’ series, which targets the mid-range segment. With the POVA product line, we are determined to provide Indian smartphone consumers with a trinity of speed, power and performance that supplements the Zillenials’ never-ending hustle and further motivates them to ‘Stop at Nothing’. Our association with ESPL is bringing us forward towards achieving the same goal. We are looking ahead to a valuable partnership to create a more exciting online gaming ecosystem.”
The battle royale action was televised live on India Today and Aaj Tak’s authorized YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as their websites, during the debut season of the ESPL, which received over one million registrants and over 100 million click-throughs.
ESPL Director, Vishwalok Nath, stated, “The first season of the Esports Premier League was a great success and this time we will try to make it even bigger. We are thrilled to have TECNO Mobile on board as the title sponsor for this event. Just like how TECNO Mobile is committed to unlocking the best contemporary technologies for its customers, we are also committed to providing a world-class platform for Indian talent through this league in order to develop the Indian esports ecosystem, taking it to the next level.
“Every season we plan to do something different in order to take the league to the next level. The upcoming edition will also be action-packed, especially with players fighting it out on the BGMI esports maps which is a very popular title among the gaming community. This platform is for our athletes and they are equally excited.
“ESPL is a game-agnostic tournament to ensure that India Today Group offers the maximum opportunities to gamers across the nation.”
Sign-ups for the latest edition of India’s major e-sports tournament, the ESPL, will commence on June 10 and matches would begin on June 21.