eSports has been the new in thing recently with many countries and organizations looking to jump onto the eSports bandwagon. Competitive gaming is now emerging as the next type of professional sports that everyone is looking onto and after many other Asian countries coming in, it looks like India is gearing up to make its entrance on the face of world eSports as well.
According to recent reports, the Indian Gaming League is set to be the next franchise to walk into the world of eSports. The competitive league has received over 1000 entries within the first two weeks of its reveal and expectations are high about the increase in the number of entrants. The league has been initiated by Yash Pariani and Krish Galani who are both in their early 20s and the competitions are going to be hosted both online and offline. There are going to be city based franchises for every game with the total number of franchises being six based on every game that is going to be featured in the compeititon and is going to follow the same model laid out by the Indian Premier League cricket competition.
Currently, the list of games that are going to be included in the competition are FIFA, Counter Strike, Halo, League of Legends, Battlefield, Call of Duty and DOTA 2. The league organizers have stated that they are going to increase the number of games should they receive adequate demand and entries for a certain game.
The big step forward for the Indian Gaming League is that the international organization, Major League Gaming is set to become a major sponsor for it along with other big names such as Sony’s PlayStation being a hardware partner for the event. According to the organizers, the eSports industry in India is worth at least $500-600 million dollars and Indian Gaming League is looking to increase that number by finding quality players and promoting professional gaming in the region. They also said that many big names in the country have shown interest in owning franchises from the league and that the response has been overwhelming so far.
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