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Esports Premier League 2021 hits one million registrations

Due to the COVID-19, the first season of the league is being hosted virtually.

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Mumbai: The inaugural edition of the nation-wide Esports league, Esports Premier League (ESPL) 2021 has seen an unprecedented response among the gaming community with massive one million registrations and has just concluded the last user registration phase. The registrations for the event went live on June 16.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the first season of the league is being hosted virtually for two and a half months. ESPL 2021, which has Infinix smartphone as the presenting sponsor, is being played under the aegis of a gamer-centric campaign #ESPLGameSeFame.

India’s first-ever franchise-based Esports league for Free Fire, ESPL, is preparing for the second level of the tournament. Out of the more than one million registered users, about the top 400 players from 88 teams will move to the second level, where the top eight invited teams of India join the mix. This will take the total number of teams to 96 teams in the level. These teams will be divided into eight groups of 12 each to compete for the top eight spots. The top eight teams will represent the eight regions of ESPL. At the end of the second level, ESPL will have the best Free Fire teams from India.

“The astounding figures we have for the registration numbers of ESPL 2021 itself validate our position in the Esports sector," ESPL director Vishwalok Nath said. "We are extremely happy by this overwhelming response to the inaugural edition of India’s first-ever franchise-based Esports league. What these amazing numbers tell us is that Esports is set to create history in India — both in terms of its growth as well as the interest, it is rapidly garnering among India’s youth. Competitive Esports events like the ESPL are setting the bar very high and propelling the industry to greater heights. The second phase of the league has all the action and current scenario working as a catalyst for our league, so be assured of a rocking & entertaining season."

The Live action will be available to watch on Disney+ Hotstar, Free Fire official streaming platform Booyah and Malayalam OTT platform Koode alongside official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak and its websites.

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