The finals of the summer edition of the ESL India Premiership saw a jam-packed session of mind-blowing gameplay. On day one, almost every game went into the third final match in the best of three formats. Moving on to day two, all the matches were completely worth watching live as we cheered for our favourites. Both the international teams, Risky Gaming (UAE) and Intelligent Quotient (Cambodia), won the final rounds of CS: GO and Dota 2 respectively. Whereas Arpan Christian from Jammu won Clash Royale.
ESL India Premiership would seem incomplete without cosplay and we witnessed some brilliant work by several enthusiastic gamers. The winners included Genji from Overwatch (Akshay), Dragon Knight (Riley) and Antimage (Gaurav) from Dota 2.
Brands including HyperX, Omen by HP, and Zowie showcased all their latest products and accessories on the show floor. Attendees could enter the demo zones and experience these products through the games that were available for demo. HyperX showcased a roster of all their available gaming products ranging from keyboards to high-performance memory modules to SSDs. The new Cloud Revolver S 7.1 virtual surround sound gaming headset was given the most attention as people got to use them while playing some 1v1 CS: GO matches. Omen showcased their latest lineup of gaming laptops including the Omen 15 and 17. Zowie displayed their lineup of gaming monitors, mice, and also announced their new Celeritas II optical gaming keyboard.
For the first time at a local esports event, fans got to exclusively interact with their favourite teams. The teams and players themselves weren’t anticipating much of a turnout at these booths. But they were surprised and overwhelmed as their fans queued up to get an opportunity for signatures and selfies with them. It was wonderful to look at the fan base these teams have been able to attract through these tournaments.
There are several local esports tournaments coming our way and the timetable looks quite busy until the end of 2017. This is great for the emerging esports scene in India as more leagues and competitions are being announced. With the end of ESL India Premiership’s summer edition, we look forward to the next tournaments including DewArena, ROG Masters, Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup, etc.
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Abhijit "BabuMoshaaye" Dey
This ape-descended life form believed that coming down from the trees was a bad idea until he was introduced to video games. Has spent endless hours playing Prince of Persia, Hitman, Assassin's Creed, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead. This makes it three sentences, Half-Life 3 confirmed.