Last week, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia unveiled the second team of Esports Premier League (ESPL) 2021. The new Delhi-based franchise has been named Delhi Dukes. The first team that was announced was Hyderabad Hydras.
Esports Premier League (EPL) के लिए दिल्ली का लोगो आज जारी किया. मैं देश में #Esports को आगे बढ़ाने के प्रयास के लिए @IndiaToday और @IndiaToday_Game को शुभकामनाएं देता हूं। आशा करता हूँ कि Delhi Dukes टीम टूर्नामेंट जीते। #ESPL #ESPLGameSeFame pic.twitter.com/NDskwNVTFH
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) August 3, 2021
Apart from Delhi and Hyderabad, there will be teams from Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and teams from the states of Punjab and Rajasthan will compete in the final stage of the event.
“It’s an honor for us to reveal the team’s name and official jersey by the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Manish Sisodia. Delhi’s fans have now got a chance to stand by the team through their journey and cheer for them, so it is imperative for us to make them feel special,” said Vishwalok Nath, Director of ESPL, who was also present during the launch in a closed event at the Delhi Chief Minister’s Residence.
“It’s also a very proud moment for all of us at ESPL to see the logo of the first franchise-based Esports league on the arm. We cannot wait for the final phase of the league where all eight state teams will battle it out to get the crown. I wish the team all the very best,” he added.
What is ESPL 2021?
ESPL 2021 is a first of its kind, franchise-based Free Fire tournament that kicked off on June 16 and within a month, recorded 1 million registrations. The tournament was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ESPL 2021 has Infinix Smartphone as its presenting sponsor is aimed at not only the growth of esports in the country but also give it a complete makeover. ESPL 2021 has been witnessing a strong competition in the second phase that 96 teams.
The tournament is live-streamed on Disney+ Hotstar, Free Fire official streaming platform Booyah and Malayalam OTT platform Koode alongside India Today and Aaj Tak’s websites as well as YouTube and Facebook channels.