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Inaugural edition of Esports Premier League 2021
We recently saw the conclusion of India‘s first-ever franchise-based Esports league, bringing to the forefront new champions in the form of team Mumbai Marshals. We were witnesses to some high-octane action in the form of competition between professional teams for the vastly popular gaming title of Free Fire.
In the presence of Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia and Vice-Chairperson of India Today Group, Ms. Kalli Purie, we had the mega prize-distribution ceremony held at a city hotel on Monday, as the champion team of Mumbai Marshals and the runners-up were awarded their respective cash prizes and the other trophies they earned through their performances in this tournament.
The tournament and the resulting competition of Esports Premier League 2021
The inaugural edition of India’s first-ever franchise-based Esports league was held over a period of two and a half-month’s time of virtual competition, from which two of the most skilled & talented teams – the Bangalore Ballistics and Mumbai Marshals went onto the finals to battle it out to be the contender for the top number 1 spot.
Out of the five-man squad of Mumbai Marshals, two players stood out from the rest. Asjad Khateeb got awarded with the award of the Most Valuable Player, while Jayesh Yadav a.k.a. Mr Jay (his IGN) received the prestigious award of Player of the Tournament or MVP, as he had a total of 74 kills alloted to his name. This particular laurel also came with the cash prize of Rs. 30,000.
From a staggering one-million plus registrations for the tournament, we only had eight teams moving onto the finals of Esports Premier League 2021, in order to represent eight different cities of India in this pan-India tournament. The teams representing the eight corresponding cities were – Mumbai Marshals, Rajasthan Reapers, Bangalore Ballistics, Hyderabad Hydras, Chennai Celestials, Delhi Dukes, Punjab Paladins and Kolkata Kaijus.
The tournament saw a massive cash influx in the form of the total prize pool of INR 25 lakhs. The major share of INR 12 lakh prize money was taken home by Mumbai Marshals, the winners of the Esports Premier League 2021.
Mr Vishwalok Nath, director of ESPL, also commented “There was an overwhelming response coming from all over the country. The gamers showcased their A-game and the competition was nothing short of top class. I hope these athletes will further utilise their experience and win medals for the country in the coming time.”
The tournament turned out to be a big affair as it received a huge response and was streamed live on Disney + Hotstar streaming service, as well as Free Fire’s official streaming platform Booyah and Malayalam OTT platform Koode alongside official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak.