The Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC), brought to India by Indiatimes, is soon going to hit Mumbai and Delhi after Kolkata, Chennai, Indore. The ESWC is being organised in nine cities across India, the other cities being Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune. Indiatimes is expecting 20,000 gamers to register for the competition, which will see 10 winners representing India at the ESWC finals in Paris for the World Championship title.
Indiatimes has also derived the ‘first right of refusal’ for the gaming competition in India for five years, under which the parent organiser Games-Services will have to first approach Indiatimes before any other party to hold the championship in India in future.
“Depending on the success of the present ESWC this year, we are sure we will be taking it forward in the coming years because we are aiming to evangelise the gaming environment in the emerging broadband space in India,” said Sanjay Trehan, Head, Broadband & Content, Times Internet Ltd.
“The response from Kolkata and Indore are up to the expectation, and gamers in Bangalore have responded very well. We expect our highest number of competitors coming from Mumbai and Delhi,” said Vikram Khanna, Chief Manager, Times Internet Ltd.
“Among all the games, Counter Strike 1.6, which is a team game, has attracted huge number of gamers due to its international brand appeal and low hardware requirement,” informed Khanna. The individual level games in the competition are Warcraft 3, Quake 4, Pro-Evo Soccer 5 and Trackmania Nations.
The competition will be be held in Mumbai from June 3-5 and in Delhi from June 8-10, where the national level final competition will also be held. The winner of Trackmania game will be awarded with a top end gaming machine. All the over 120 qualifiers in India will also receive nVidia graphics cards.