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NODWIN Gaming and Riot Games Announce Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024



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HP’s flagship gaming brand Omen will return as the title sponsor for the Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024

Exciting multi-city LAN events will bring the customary high-octane Valorant action closer to fans

With a prize pool of USD$130,000, the Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 will also provide the winning team with the opportunity to represent the region at VCT Ascension 2024: Pacific

Industry-leading gaming and eSports media company NODWIN Gaming, in partnership with leading video game publisher Riot Games, announces the much-awaited 2024 season of Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia. After the success of India’s first-ever publisher-backed eSports league, the Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 aims to immerse fans in the excitement, offering an unparalleled Valorant experience to the community.

Offering a prize pool of USD$130,000 and the opportunity to represent the region at VCT Ascension 2024: Pacific, the Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 marks a significant milestone in the partnership between NODWIN Gaming and Riot Games. The tournament aims to build upon both organizations’ commitment to crafting a viable and adaptable roadmap for organizing and delivering quality community favorite eSports tournaments within the Indian ecosystem with a strong emphasis on sustainability and growth.

The upcoming Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 season will see HP’s flagship gaming brand Omen return as the tournament’s title partner. Omen is named as the brand of choice for Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 and has played a consistent role in empowering the gaming community through its state-of-the-art gaming ecosystem including PCs and delivering to gamers an immersive gaming experience at Omen playground stores and partnerships on eSports platforms.

In a bid to enhance overall competitiveness, the Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 will be set up in a dual-split format, presenting players and teams with a multitude of opportunities to display their skills and compete at the highest level in South Asia. The dual split format also adds extra excitement and strategic depth to the tournament, offering fans an extended period of exhilarating Valorant eSports action. The first split will see two cups up for grabs with the finals unfolding in a thrilling LAN setting in front of a live audience. Additionally, a transfer window between the two Split 1 Cups will allow teams to make strategic roster changes and bolster their lineups.

The upcoming edition of the Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 will also see a promotion and relegation system incorporated into the tournament flow. Post-completion of Split 1, the two lowest-ranked teams from the city cups will compete against Premier rivals to secure a spot in the Split 2 Main Event stage.

“The Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 is a testament to the collaborative efforts of NODWIN Gaming and Riot Games,” the co-founder and Managing Director for NODWIN Gaming, Akshat Rathee, said. “We are united in our shared goal of advancing the Indian eSports scene through a sustainable and adaptable roadmap while delivering exhilarating Valorant eSports action to our community. In its 2024 edition, the Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia seeks to elevate the fan experience by bringing them closer to the action through multi-city LAN roadshows and curated content for enhanced eSports viewing.

“With the innovative dual-split tournament format, a substantial prize pool of USD$130,000 and the opportunity to represent the region at VCT Ascension 2024: Pacific, the stage is perfectly set for an exceptional season of Valorant action. The upcoming season has a lot in store and we are thrilled to bring Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 to our community.”

“The Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 represents the best Valorant eSports action in the region and we are excited to bring another edition for the fans together with NODWIN Gaming,” the South Asia eSports Lead for Riot Games, Sukamal Pegu, said. “Riot Games’ goal is to bring the Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia closer to our fans and this fresh design will not only make it more exciting for the viewers but also create more opportunities for the aspiring eSports athletes in the region, with the in-game Premier mode leading into our CL ecosystem. Viewers can expect to see not only fan-favorite athletes returning from the 2023 Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia season but also some fresh talent who can potentially shake things up this year.”

The collaboration between NODWIN Gaming and Riot Games aims to enhance the fan experience by bringing them closer to the action. Through innovative content, engaging broadcasts, specially curated LAN events and interactive fan engagement initiatives, Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 seeks to create a dynamic and inclusive environment for the entire eSports community.

The Omen Valorant Challengers South Asia 2024 will bring the competition to the heart of Indian cities with electrifying LAN events. This immersive experience fosters a sense of community and allows fans to witness the intense competition up close, creating an unforgettable atmosphere for both players and spectators.


Team ATK Oshun excels at 2024 Online Championships held on 13 April 2024



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Mind Sports South Africa’s (MSSA) 2024 Online Championships held on 13 April 2024 showed sterling results.
The championship was yet another chance for many esports athletes to qualify for MSSA’s National Team Trials to be held on 25 May 2024 at which the team will be selected to officially represent South Africa at the African Qualifiers which lead up to IESF’s 16th World Esports Championships to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in October and November 2024..

All Registered Players who have finished in the top three places, or the top 20% – whichever is greater, are entitled to enter trials.

However, it must be remembered that all players must have a valid passport to participate in the National Team Trials.

It was indeed exciting to watch just how much all the female teams have improved.

Team ATK Oshun (ATK Club Sport) being a female team astounded all with their skill and sportsmanship. The team demolished all ATK Club Sport opposition to ultimately won the premier event overall and qualify for the National Team trials to be held on 25 May 2025.

IESF’s 15th World Championships will be played to the following titles:

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Counter-Strike 2 – Female division
  • DotA 2
  • eFootball
  • Mobile Legends, Bang Bang
  • Mobile Legends, Bang Bang – Female division

The high standard of play saw 37 Registered Players from six provinces being awarded Provincial Colours. Only Limpopo, Free State, and Northern Cape did not have Registered Players who did not earn provincial colours.

Title Name of player/team Club Provincial Colours awarded
Clash Royale – Premier Johan Coetzee Middies Mpumalanga
Clash Royale – High School Aryan Maharaj PR0NHS
Counter Strike: 2 ATK Oshun
Kaylee Ludick ATK Club Sport Gauteng
Jessica Eleez Greeff ATK Club Sport Gauteng
Christin Brazier ATK Club Sport Gauteng
Megan van der Westhuizen ATK Club Sport Gauteng
Kayhla Rose Calder ATK Club Sport Gauteng
DotA – Premier ZAG DOTA 1
Suhail Khan ZAG Academy Gauteng
Travis John Waters ZAG Academy Western Cape
Mark Kilian Lehle ZAG Academy Gauteng
Mohammad Dhooma ZAG Academy Eastern Cape
Nicholas Dammert ZAG Academy Gauteng
eFootball – Premier Aslam Parker PES Society Gauteng
FIFA 24 – High School Daiyaan Hendricks PES Society Western Cape
Mobile Legends – Premier
Matthew Tatalias Mavericks Gauteng
Damian Bransby Mavericks Western Cape
Preshan Pillay Mavericks Gauteng
Mohammad Azhar Ansari Mavericks KwaZulu Natal
Taygan Gabriel Mavericks KwaZulu Natal
Luke Green Mavericks Western Cape
Mobile Legends – Premier – Female
Je’nielle Cavanagh PES Society Western Cape
Inez Pringle PES Society Western Cape
Salma Parker PES Society Western Cape
Ra’isha Prout PES Society Western Cape
Fatimah Prout PES Society Western Cape
Mia Anthony PES Society Western Cape
Team uEnvy
Richard Henry ZAG Academy Eastern Cape
La-eeq Arendse ZAG Academy Western Cape
Kyle Dudley ZAG Academy Western Cape
Clayton Leak ZAG Academy Western Cape
Rocket League – Premier – 1 v 1 – Premier Nathan Strange Hoërskool Klerksdorp
Rocket League – Premier – 1 v 1 – High School Luther Peens Hoërskool Klerksdorp
Street Fightter V – Premier Marnus van der Merwe Hoërskool Klerksdorp North West
Tekken 8 Stasch Cloeta Team PlayBell Western Cape
Valorant – Premier
Tapiwanashe Keith Matema TuksEsports Gauteng
Kyle Halvorsen TuksEsports Gauteng
Jaden Connor Swarts TuksEsports Gauteng
Ronald James Tyler Wheeldon TuksEsports Gauteng
Alejandro Luca Sartini-Kruger TuksEsports Gauteng
Armand Pierre van der Colf TuksEsports Gauteng
Sportsmanship Award Je’nielle Cavanagh PES Society
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PAGCor Welcomes Lawyer Wilma Eisma as New President and Chief Operating Officer



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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCor) today welcomed its new President and Chief Operating Officer, lawyer Wilma Eisma, who took her oath of office before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin in Malacanang this morning.

“We are happy to welcome Atty. Wilma Eisma as PAGCor’s new President and Chief Operating Officer,” PAGCor Chairman Alejandro Tengco said. “We know she will be a great asset and her vast experience in both the government and private sectors will surely be put to good use here.”

Tengco said he witnessed Eisma’s oath-taking in Malacanang this morning. She then immediately joined her first PAGCor board meeting in the afternoon as the agency’s first ever woman President and Chief Operating Officer.

A lawyer by profession, Eisma earned her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Development Bank of the Philippines before joining the state gaming firm.

Prior to that, she also served as the first woman Administrator and Chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Her private sector stints include leadership roles in PMFTC Incorporated, the Philippine affiliate of Philip Morris International.

She also held key positions at the Department of Trade and Industry where she worked at the Office of the Secretary and in the Office of the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, among others.

Eisma succeeded Atty Juanito Sanosa Jr who resigned as PAGCor President and Chief Operating Officer last January.

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Maharashtra Government rewards state’s Asian Games 2022 Esports athletes with INR 10 lakhs; marks historic moment for Indian Esports



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In a groundbreaking move, the Directorate of Sports and Youth Services of the Government of Maharashtra has rewarded a significant amount of INR 10 lakhs to each Esports athlete of the state who represented India in the Asian Games 2022, held in Hangzhou. This marks a historic moment for Indian Esports, as it is the first time any state has included Esports alongside mainstream sports in prize money rewards for its state players in a major tournament. The recipients of this monetary reward include Darshan Bata, captain of the DOTA 2 team, along with his teammates Krish Gupta, Ketan Goyal, and Shubham Goli, as well as League of Legends athlete Samarth Trivedi.

Expressing his gratitude, Darshan Bata, the captain of the DOTA 2 team who hails from Mumbai, said, “I would like to express my sincere thanks to ESFI and the Maharashtra government for honoring us and recognizing and supporting Esports.”

Esports made its debut as a full-fledged medal event at the Asian Games 2022, where a total of 476 athletes from 30 different countries competed for gold medals across seven titles. India participated in four of these titles, including DOTA 2, EA Sports FC Online, League of Legends, and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.

“It has been a great experience at Asian games, I am grateful for the support I received from the Maharashtra government and I really appreciate the efforts ESFI has contributed to our journey,” stated Ketan Goyal of Pune who was a part of the DOTA 2 team at the Asian Games 2022.

The talented Indian contingent for the Asian Games was sent by Esports Federation of India (ESFI), who had organized open for all nationwide online qualifiers to select the best and most deserving athletes to compete for the nation at the tournament.

“Really happy to see that Esports is getting recognized and we are being aided by the government. Thank you for the support to Maharashtra Government and a big shoutout to ESFI for giving us this opportunity to represent India in the Asian games,” highlighted Krish Gupta of Pune, a member of the Indian DOTA 2 team.

The League of Legends team, in particular, achieved a historic fifth-place finish at the 19th Asian Games after competing against top-tier teams from around the continent.

“I am really grateful to the Maharashtra government for providing us with the financial support. It is amazing to see Esports being recognized by the Government. A huge shoutout to ESFI for giving us the opportunity and platform to compete at the Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou,” commented Samarth Trivedi of Thane who played a pivotal part in the country’s performance in League of Legends at the tournament.

Prior to the 19th Asian Games, India had also secured a remarkable bronze medal at the Commonwealth Esports Championships in DOTA 2, showcasing the country’s prowess in video gaming on the international stage.

“Thank you ESFI and team for all you support throughout Asian games 2022. We are really blessed and honored by Maharashtra Government for supporting Esports players and considering Esports in events like Commonwealth and Asian Games,” noted Shubham Goli, a resident of Pune who represented India at both the Commonwealth Esports Championships as well as the Asian Games 2022 in DOTA 2. The latest FICCI-EY report titled ‘#Reinvent: India’s media & entertainment sector is innovating for the future, India is expected to have 20 international teams by 2024.

The Maharashtra government’s recognition and support of Esports signals a significant milestone in the journey towards mainstream acceptance of competitive gaming as a legitimate sport in the country.

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