Producing brilliant performances, Muhammad Ibrahim and Davlish Singh secured themselves spots in the Indian team for the inaugural Sim Racing World Cup after clinching the Top position by securing same points (43) at the National Esports Championships (NESC), concluded at the INOX Multiplex in Mumbai in a hybrid mode.
The National Esports Championships, conducted by the Esports Federation of India (ESFI), witnessed participation of the country’s 250 top sim racing drivers including Sai Prithvi, Prathamesh Yedre, Hari Krupanand and Jamie Shaw. The tournament was conducted in a hybrid model—online as well as offline—with the offline playoffs taking place at Mumbai’s INOX Megaplex and IISM Campus.
“We are delighted with how both the online and offline qualifiers were successfully conducted. All of the sim racing drivers displayed a healthy competitive spirit and maintained that till the finals to ensure that all of the races were well contested. I congratulate the winners, Muhammad Ibrahim and Davlish Singh on their remarkable achievement and back them to bring the trophy home. I would also like to thank INOX, IR Esports & IISM for their fantastic support and for making this event possible,” said Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Sports Federation.
The duo will now represent India at the prestigious tournament and fight against players from teams like Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Syria and Sri Lanka in the Asian Continental Qualifiers, scheduled from July 26 to 29. There are 2 slots given to Asian Continent for the grand finals and the two winning sim racers of the Asian Continental Qualifiers will earn themselves a place in the Global Finals to be held in Monaco.
Organised by the International Esports Federation in association with Monaco Esports Federation, Sim Racing World Cup will feature one of the world’s most popular sim racing titles, Assetto Corsa. There are a total of 39 countries participating in the Continental Qualifiers for Sim Racing World Cup 2022 and only the TOP 12 are going to MONACO!
The Grand Finals of NESC featured a total of two races with the winner being determined based on the total points accumulated from both races.
Ibrahim started on pole for the first race and maintained that position throughout the race, courtesy a brilliant drive. The second race started with a reversed order of the Top-8 finishers where Davlish finished on top followed by Ibrahim.
With both Ibrahim and Davlish tied on 43 points each in the summit clash, both emerged as joint winners of the national qualifiers.
“This is an excellent opportunity to represent your country on an international platform. Winning the qualifiers amongst 250 players overall gives me immense satisfaction and feels like a huge achievement but it also increases the pressure of performing well in the next stage for me. Undoubtedly, I will be practising a lot to achieve the best for my country with the upcoming Continental Qualifier also on my mind,” said an elated Ibrahim, who has also won the McLaren Logitech G Challenge earlier this year.
Davlish, who has been playing sim racing since 2019, added: “I believe this was one of the largest sim racing events in India yet where ESFI gave participants from all over the country a chance to fight for a spot to represent their country on the international stage. The event was very well organised with some very quick, competitive and fair racing from all the top drivers. The double sprint race formats with reversed grids made the races even more exciting.”
ESFI continued its partnership with the country’s top sports and Esports specialised communication firms, Artsmith – Concepts & Visions, which will continue its support as their communication partner for the prestigious Sim Racing World Cup. The number of slots (slots = number of sim racers qualified) per continent for the Grand Final in Monaco is as follows:
- Europe: 3
- Africa: 2
- America: 2
- Asia: 2
- Oceania: 1
Wildcards for Monaco and Slovakia = 12 best sim racers in Monaco
Lady Luck Games signs game distribution agreement with CYG Pte Ltd
Lady Luck Games announced today that they have entered into an agreement with CYG Pte Ltd that allows its games distribution to regulated markets in Asia.
Mads Jørgensen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LL Lucky Games AB said: “Only two weeks after announcing our prominent new strategic Asian investor in LL Lucky games AB, I am proud to announce a new partnership for regulated Asian markets that will have a massive impact on our business strategy.
“CYG Pte Ltd is a significant partner with many years of experience and knowledge in the Asian markets. This agreement is a milestone for Lady Luck Games and reinforces our ambition to become cash flow positive. The integration has already started and players will be able to enjoy more and more of our leading content in the coming months.”
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PUMA enters Indian Esports, becomes official kit partner of Revenant Esports
Revenant Esports, one of India’s fastest-growing and most consistent Esports organisations, has announced sports brand PUMA as their official kit partner for the upcoming season.
This association came as one of the major non-endemic brand collaborations in the Indian esports industry. Under the terms of the partnership, Revenant Esports’ creators and Esports roster will don the exclusive kits produced by PUMA.
With both brands sharing similar ideologies in terms of propelling Esports to greater heights, they will leverage this association to make their presence felt among the Esports community in India.
“PUMA is one of the most successful sports brands in the world and it makes us extremely proud to be the first Esports team in India to be associated with them. This partnership is a step in the right direction for Revenant Esports and a testament to our aim of enriching the experience of the Esports community and our fans. Esports merchandise has become an integral part of the industry in the last few years and seeing our athletes, creators, fans wear the apparel produced by one of the world’s best is a privilege. Together we hope to achieve immense success in the coming years and capitalise on the growing Esports culture in the country,” said Rohit Jagasia, Founder and CEO of Revenant Esports.
PUMA has emerged as the number 1 sports brand in India after generating record revenues last year and are also familiar with the Esports sector having partnered with numerous international organisations. By joining forces with Revenant Esports and their massive fanbase, they will look to maximise their potential in the Indian Esports market.
Commenting on the occasion, Vishal Gupta, Executive Director-Retail, PUMA India, said, “We are extremely excited to associate with Revenant Esports as their official Kit Partner and become the first leading sportswear brand in the country to enter the deeply engaging space of Esports. India is one of the biggest markets for the video gaming community and competitive Esports is immensely influencing our youth across tiers. That Esports getting incorporated as a medal sport into the Asian Games next year is evidence of its huge popularity & potential today. As a brand, PUMA strongly supports influences on youth culture such as sports, fitness, art, cinema, music and now new age sports i.e. Esports. With this association, Puma & Revenant will leverage each other’s huge audience base and wide reach to connect with Esports athletes in the country and penetrate deeper into the market.”
According to the recent FICCI-EY report, 100 brands have invested in Indian Esports this year, compared to 72 in 2021. Similar to traditional sports, Esports merchandise is a crucial component that fuels the growth of an Esports organization by spreading brand awareness and building loyalty among their passionate set of fans.
Being home to the country’s top-notch talents, Revenant Esports have been currently preparing for the upcoming tournaments including PokeCon 2022.
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