New Delhi, April 10, 2019: OMEN by HP ESL India Premiership, India’s longest running esports league is set to kickoff from 26 April. The flagship esports league assures year long esports action with three seasons for an overall prize pool of 1.1 crore INR.
NODWIN Gaming as a pioneer in the Indian esports circuit has brought the Indian gaming community under one roof with ESL India Premiership. Pillaring the efforts and aspirations of the Premiership and professional gaming are our title sponsors OMEN by HP, they have been a driving force for the gaming ecosystem by giving gamers access to premium gaming peripherals which has transformed their gaming experience by multiple folds. On the journey, for the fourth consecutive year is the high-performance, gaming peripheral manufacturer, HyperX. Global processor giants Intel continues its valuable partnership with ESL India Premiership along with Hotstar, our streaming partners for the second consecutive year.
OMEN by HP ESL India Premiership continues its tradition of bringing the gamers of the country together for one mega tournament running throughout the year. 2019 marks a major change as we bring in a new addition to the official game titles in the form of Brawl Stars for mobile gaming while retaining our three major titles, Clash Royale, CS:GO and Dota 2.
We will also see an upgraded tournament format and revised prize distribution structure while rewarding the consistently performing teams in the form of prizes during the league. The new season will start with 8 teams in the Challenger and Masters League, while Starter Cups remain an open door for fresh new talent to come in and compete with the big names in the league.
Additionally, the CS:GO champions will get a chance to participate on a global stage and represent the country with a direct invite to the Asia Qualifiers of ESL Pro League.
Entering a new chapter, the quest for new champions begin with a whole lot of fresh challenges spanning through 2019. 3 big season finals to crown the national champions, a massive prize pool on the line for the victorious. A leveled up Indian esports awaits you.
Ana Oliveras Daví, Head of ESL National Championships said, "Year after year, ESL National Championships have proven to be a stepping stone for some of the best players and teams before they take it to the next level. We provide players with the professional environment helping them pave their way in the esports ecosystem. It is part of our legacy at ESL to see those players develop and succeed on their path from zero to hero."
“ESL India Premiership has cemented its position as one of the top tier tournaments out there in the country. The very foundation is built around the extensive support of all our sponsors and the gamers. NODWIN Gaming gears up again for a fresh new season. Coming into 2019, with all the transformation around the tournament, I believe it’ll pave the way for a challenging experience for the teams and players, bringing the absolute best out of them.” said Akshat Rathee, Founder and CEO, NODWIN Gaming
“esports in India has gained popularity over the past few years, primarily driven by the growing base of Gen Z and millennial gamers. HP, as a technology leader, has enabled evolution of gaming technology by introducing powerful gaming devices for all segments of gamers. Also, we believe gaming communities and platforms like ESL India Premiership are contributing immensely towards popularization of gaming in India and we are proud to continue our association with ESL India Premiership for 2019 edition”, said Neelima Burra, Country Marketing Director, HP India.
Mr. Vishal Parekh, Marketing Director, HyperX India said, “We are excited to be part of ESL India Premiership for the 4th consecutive year and it only gets bigger from here. Resonating with HyperX’s objectives, the tournament has been a landmark event to showcase India’s gaming talent and we expect nothing less from NODWIN Gaming. We see a good number of gamers taking full advantage of this platform and we urge more teams from all over the country to participate.”
“Innovative Intel technology has set the rate and pace for the growth of competitive gaming, delivering tools and devices for gamers to play, view, compete and stream. Our continued partnership with ESL is aimed at growing the esports audience worldwide and shaping the future landscape of esports through new technology, tournaments and events. We’re excited to be apart of the ESL India Premiership as we continue to work to bring the best gaming experiences to India,” said Roshni Das, Director – Marketing, Intel India.
Sidharth Shakhder, EVP, Hotstar, said “In today's rapidly evolving digital world, esports has become a burgeoning industry and is gaining significant importance in India. Hotstar is the preferred destination for all the major global sporting events, and this is our second year streaming the ESL India Premiership. We look forward to the league and are delighted to offer our viewers an exciting gameplay viewing experience”
ABOUT OMEN by HP
Developed by the leading computer manufacturer, Hewlett-Packard, the OMEN by HP is a series of computers focused primarily on the video gaming segment. OMEN by HP celebrates gaming by delivering high-quality desktops, laptops and other essential gaming peripherals. With a unique blend of quality and affordability, the OMEN by HP caters to both hardcore as well as casual gamers.
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology encompassing high-speed DDR4 and DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, and gaming accessories. Targeted at gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts, HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance, and innovation. HyperX is committed to eSports as it sponsors over 30 teams globally and is the main sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters. HyperX can be found at many shows including China Joy, PAX, Davao Cyber Expo, and TGS & Big Fest.
ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates a high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues, and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising, and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint.
About NODWIN Gaming
The premier and most recognized esports company in India, NODWIN Gaming has played a pivotal role in developing the esports scene in the country. The Company has been instrumental in popularising competitive gaming in the country through its exclusive license partnerships with ESL and ESWC. NODWIN Gaming works actively to run other marquee esports IPs such as the Mountain Dew Arena, The CII India Gaming Show among others. NODWIN Gaming additionally produces online content on gaming and esports such as Esports 360, The Games & Gadget Show, The Cosplay Genie Show and live content from pop culture events such as Comicon India. In January 2018, Nazara Technologies Ltd. picked up a 55% stake in NODWIN Gaming.