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Kerala Blasters FC Join Hands with Sporjo

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Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC), India’s leading football club, announced on Monday the partnership with Sporjo, a specialist employability sports company, as an official partner to create upskilling and recruiting opportunities during the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season. With a vibrant and highly engaged fan base, this will be a first-ever partnership by a Hero ISL club, aiming to strengthen the sports ecosystem.

Sporjo is a one-stop destination to build an off pitch career in the sports industry. As such, the partnership will see KBFC and Sporjo working together to create a sports talent pipeline for all of Kerala, including the 5 million plus strong KBFC fan base, wherein both parties will be key drivers towards facilitating this unique initiative of sports specific mentorship, up-skilling, training and job opportunities in the state.

This partnership will entail assessing the sports ecosystem in Kerala, running the Sporjo Mentor and Plus programmes for the people of the state and particularly for the KBFC fans and bringing in mentors, who are industry leaders and veterans. Sporjo will work with KBFC to ensure candidates, with an interest in a sports career, get access to best-in-class training and mentors, and that sports organisations in Kerala and all over India are given access to job ready professionals, ready to take on the rigours of the sports industry.

Nikhil Bhardwaj, Director of Kerala Blasters FC, said: “We are delighted to welcome a young and dynamic brand like Sporjo to the KBFC family. They bring in a synergy that is in line with the guiding principles of KBFC as an ambitious football club with a passionate and young fan base. Together, we hope to make great strides in empowering more people to understand and pursue the various opportunities in the sports ecosystem.”

G. Srinivasan, CEO of Sporjo, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Kerala Blasters FC. I have no doubt that our combined passion for football and sport will enable us to create a partnership that will resonate with the fans and help us provide optimal value to the fantastic fan base that Kerala boasts of. As a brand, we are working to empower and enable individuals to transform their passion into profession, to create an ecosystem of Off Pitch Sports Leaders. The passion and the commitment of KBFC fans are second to none and this partnership was a natural step for us. We aim to work closely with the club as well as the fans to play a small part in strengthening Kerala’s sporting ecosystem even more. We are really excited and looking forward to this journey and wish KBFC and all their fans the best of luck in the season ahead.”

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The bronze at the CEC 2022 opens up new horizons for Indian esports internationally

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India’s DOTA 2 esports team’s victory at the CEC 2022 is a significant milestone in the history of the Indian esports and gaming ecosystem. It will open up new horizons for aspiring athletes who dream to compete in international tournaments in the future, thereby encouraging young gamers to pursue full-time careers as athletes. The win will open floodgates for subsequent industries to rise, birthing new-gen pro-gamers, careers, tournaments, brand associations and sponsorship opportunities among others. As the country celebrates 75 years of Independence, this victory marks a historical achievement for India in the international gaming arena.

The Indian DOTA 2 esports team displayed a smacking performance and won the bronze at the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships 2022 (CEC) held recently in Birmingham, England. The winners of the Indian DOTA 2 team, consisting of Moin Ejaz (captain), Ketan Goyal, Abhishek Yadav, Shubhnam Goli, and Vishal Vernekar, defeated New Zealand by 2-0 in an unsurpassed format.

Up until 2010, esports as a concept was relatively obscure in India and rather non-existent, with low public awareness, lack of infrastructure, and little involvement in the development of this sector. However, 2010 saw an enormous surge in the user base due to the popularity of smartphones, affordable high-speed internet, and notable investments in the space.

According to a report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and EY India, the Indian esports industry rose to INR 3 billion in FY2021 and is expected to reach INR 11 billion by FY2025. This only confirms that the growth opportunity for esports in India is exponential and expansive.

Bharat Patel, Co-Founder, and Director, of Yudiz Solutions Limited, said, “A big congratulations to team India for claiming the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Esports Championship for DOTA 2. A remarkable achievement, considering the countless scrims, lengthy LAN games, and complex strategies involved.” With reference to esports athletes, he further shares, “the intelligence, mettle, and enthusiasm DOTA players display is utterly amazing. This win will boost the morale of the younger generation to become more active participants, encouraging the industry and the gaming community going forward.”

Anurag Khurana who is the CEO & Founder of Penta Esports said, “Congratulations to team India on winning the bronze medal at CEC for DOTA 2. This win will surely bring esports more recognition in India and inspire more aspiring esports athletes at the grassroots level in the country.”

Talking about the win Abhishek Aggarwal, Co-Founder, and CEO, of Trinity Gaming India, said, “These are exciting times for the esports industry and a very proud moment for the country and the gaming community. This win by the DOTA 2 team at the Commonwealth Esports Championship has earned a spot for India on the global gaming map and the future of esports looks very bright. This will encourage a new breed of gamers to build their careers leading to a larger pool of talent in the country. This is also an opportunity for brands to step forward in supporting the industry and encouraging the new athletes who aspire to have a career in this arena. We, as industry players, are confident that the government will support this form of the sport by providing adequate support to the esports athletes.”

The Indian esports ecosystem witnessed its first international representation (demonstration) at the Asian Games in 2018. Tirth Mehta, who won a bronze at the time, drew the attention of many developers and investors and their interest in Indian esports grew. Coverage and promotional campaigns on various online social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram increased public awareness and further stimulated the popularity of esports in India.

As esports is declared as a medal event at the next Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, India’s performance and win at  CEC 2022 have upped the ante for Indian esports in the international arena.

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Revenant Esports to represent India at Pokemon UNITE World Championship 2022

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Hustling their way amongst the top Esports teams in the country, Revenant Esports booked their spot in the Pokemon UNITE World Championships 2022 by clinching the Indian regional qualifier with a dominating performance.

They thrashed Ascension by 3-1 in the final and also took home the prize money of $20,000.

A total of 24 teams, including popular Esports teams like True Rippers Esports, Enigma Gaming, Entity Gaming and S8ul, featured in the regional qualifiers.

Revenant Esports were impressive throughout the tournament, winning all of their nine games in the group stages and playoffs.

The team will now represent India at the Pokemon UNITE World Championship, scheduled to take place in London from August 19-20. The tournament will feature a massive prize pool of USD 500,000.

“I am extremely delighted that the team has qualified for the World Championship, considering the fact that these qualifiers were the current roster’s first competitive appearance. The way they sailed through the group stage and playoffs was impressive. Being the first Esports team to represent India in this particular tournament is a commendable achievement for us and we are confident that the team will make everyone proud. We are looking forward to the tournament and competing with the best teams from all over the world,” said Rohit Jagasia, Founder & CEO of Revenant Esports.

The team, comprising captain Raunak Sen (Crowley), Omkar Sawardekar (Omen), Adnan Badshah (Badshah), Jeet Kundra (Swifty), Anklesh Satelkar (Novaa) and Vishnu Khatri (Xesol), were assembled recently on June 13.

“Having earned a lot of recognition through DOTA 2, it feels like a great accomplishment to represent your country on the international stage for multiple games. Everyone in the team put in a lot of effort and was confident about our chances right from the beginning. This was visible in the qualifiers as we went unbeaten in the regional championships in spite of the high level of competition. I hope that we transition that form to the World Championship as well and bag the trophy,” an elated skipper Raunak “Crowley” Sen expressed.

The event will feature 16 teams, qualified from 26 countries across the globe, battling to win the inaugural edition of the tournament.

The teams will be divided into four groups with the top two teams advancing to the playoffs. All games will be played in a double elimination best-of-three format while the final will be played in a best-of-five format with a bracket reset.

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BetConstruct attends G2E Asia Singapore

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The igaming giant BetConstruct restores the busy routine of traveling to international expos. This time the team will attend G2E Asia Singapore on August 24-26.

To one of the biggest igaming gatherings in the Asian part of the world BetConstruct travels with its complete set of betting and gaming products with extra special focus on what is in demand the most among the players in the region. Among the tailored solutions for local operators are sports betting products coupled with data feed solutions and a full suite of casino and bet-on games.

BetConstruct’s Sportsbook covers 120+ sports types for every taste while offering the Asian view alongside 4 other types. A special place in the company’s sportsbook holds the Esports section being one of the richest catalogues in the industry with 12,000+ unique live events monthly.

Backing the product are BetConstruct’s 4 data feed solutions – live video streaming, odds feed, live scouting and statistics. Together this complete sports betting and data solution is one of the strongest on the market.

Gaming-wise, BetConstruct has the widest portfolio of games, over 10,000+ to be exact. This number includes slots from top providers available on any device for the players, highly attractive live casino games from BetConstruct’s brand called CreedRoomz as well as in-house developed regional Skill Games and a wide variety of bet-on games.

BetConstruct will be showcasing all of these products alongside its other ground-breaking solution for the Asian continent on August 24-26 welcoming all visitors at Stand B1208.

 

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