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NODWIN Gaming partners with riot games to open doors to last chance qualifier for Valorant teams in India and South Asia

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South Asia’s leading esports company NODWIN Gaming and the global leaders in game development and publishing Riot Games have joined forces to roll out the VALORANT Conquerors Championship as the qualifying tournament for the APAC Last Chance Qualifiers as part of the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. Teams will compete in multiple sub-regional qualifiers for a prize pool of INR 25 Lacs (33,000 USD) in the South Asian leg. Registrations will start from 15 June onwards.

VALORANT’s instant success paved the way for multiple grassroots level tournaments in the region, driving the idea for a robust and inclusive tournament in the form of the VALORANT Champions Tour. With South Asia serving as a rapidly growing hub of VALORANT esports, its fans desired a path to the global esports circuit. The tournament is aimed at providing the much-needed gateway to international representation for the players and teams in the region. NODWIN Gaming will execute the tournament supported by the expertise of Riot Games.

“This is a great opportunity for the entire VALORANT ecosystem in South Asia to catapult itself to stardom. A representation in the Last Chance Qualifier is much deserved looking at the richness of the community and the amount of buzz it has created in the last year. We and our friends at Riot Games have worked together to build this ladder that connects South Asia to the global roadmap of VALORANT esports, that is the VCT 2021. Looking forward to a great competition.,” said Mr Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming.

“We at Riot Games have been listening to our fanbase in South Asia and the growing demand to include the region in our VCT 2021 roadmap. This is our first step in unlocking esports for the region. We are very impressed with NODWIN Gaming’s portfolio of esports events and their support for VALORANT in the region and we have full confidence in their ability to deliver a world-class VALORANT event for our competitive players here”, said Sukamal Pegu, Publishing Leader, India & South Asia, Riot Games

The tournament will field 6 qualifiers:

  1. India
  2. Pakistan & Afghanistan
  3. Sri Lanka & Maldives
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Nepal & Bhutan
  6. Wildcard

Each qualifier will have a set number of slots filled through registrations followed by the online qualifying matches. Qualifying teams will go through the playoffs to reach the grand finals and the winner will make their way to the APAC Last Chance Qualifier where they will face qualified teams from Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan. The winner of the APAC Last Chance Qualifier will advance to the VALORANT Champions Tour, the global final where a single team will be crowned the 2021 Champion. Detailed information regarding the registration dates, tournament format, and timelines will be revealed and communicated soon.

 

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AGTech Wins Lottery Terminal Supply Tenders for Shaanxi, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces

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Lottery and integrated technology and services company AGTech Holdings Limited (AGTech) has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has successfully won procurement tenders to supply lottery terminals to Sports Lottery Administration Centres in Shaanxi province, Zhejiang province and Jiangsu province of the People’s Republic of China.

AGTech already has previous success in the China market, having won a bid in 2018 for supplying its new dual, touchscreen lottery terminals to the Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Shanghai and Hebei.

Even before this, AGTech introduced new instant win games, launched in partnership with Chinese logistics firm SF Holdings across Shenzen, Nanchang, Changsha and Nanjing.

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Philippine President Marcos Announces Ban on POGOs

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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has banned the establishment of any new Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), also known as Internet Gaming Licensees (IGLs), with immediate effect. Existing POGO operators will have until the end of the year to wind down their operations.

The verdict, not entirely unexpected, was delivered during his State of the Nation Address in Manila on Monday following widespread pressure from a Senate investigation into illegal POGO-linked activities.

“Effective today, all POGOs are banned. I hereby instruct [gaming regulator] PAGCOR to wind down and cease the operations of POGOs by the end of the year,” Marcos said in his SONA.

The decision to shut down POGOs follows a series of recent raids on illegal POGO compounds in Pampanga and Tarlac amid allegations they had been engaging in human trafficking and scam activities.

A full ban, proposed by multiple senators, had also gained the support of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the National Economic and Development Authority.

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VSPO Chairman Dino Ying Named Member of the Asian Games Esports Task Force

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VSPO chairman and co-founder Dino Ying has been appointed as one of the three members of the esports title selection task force for the 20th Asian Games in 2026.

The mandate of the task force is “to select and recommend for approval” titles that will be featured at the 20th Asian Games, according to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Hideki Okamura from Japan and Mr. Carlos Tang Jiahe from Hong Kong are the two other members of the task force.

Earlier this year, Ying was already elected as a member of the OCA’s first Esports and E Martial Art Committee.

VSPO, Asia’s largest esports operator, has played a key role in making esports’ entry into the Asian Games a reality. VSPO was the operator for the esports series at both Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games and the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games where esports became first a demonstration sport and later a medal sport.

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