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ESPL ropes in Tiger Shroff as brand ambassador for its Esports league

Shroff is the first Bollywood actor to associate with Esports in India

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New Delhi: The Esports Players League (ESPL) has roped in Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff as the brand ambassador for its first-ever franchise-based Esports league - ESports Premier League. The inaugural edition of the league began on 16 June.

The league is powered by Infinix Mobile as the presenting sponsor. While Esports has seen an exponential rise especially during the lockdown, it's for the first time that an esports league has partnered with Bollywood to make it mainstream. The collaboration aims to nurture an ecosystem that Esports in India like never before. The league will leverage the actor’s popularity and strong influence on the dynamic millennials and Gen-Z. 

Sharing his excitement Tiger Shroff said, “I am really excited to collaborate with ESports Premier League. This opens a tremendous opportunity to recognize the growing talent in Esports in India. As the world’s first franchise-based model in Esports, ESPL will surely help in putting India first on the global map. Esports fans and gamers are shaping the future of entertainment and sports. And I’m glad to represent this force of the future.”

The registrations for the league have already commenced and the preliminary rounds will engage in a highly competitive contest as eight teams will be chosen in the third round who will go on to contest in the grand finale.

ESPL director, Vishwalok Nath said: “One of the major goals for ESPL has been to reach out to every millennial and gamer in the country andour purpose of having Tiger Shroff onboard has been to create a much deeper connect and grow the gaming community. We hope this association will also further our initiative to intensify the mission of taking Esports to the next level in India.”

Hyderabad team has been bought by Chequered Flag Sports—a consortium between Sirish Kumar, Prasad Mangipudi, and Aashwij Ravula—and the team has been named as Hyderabad Hydras. Hyderabad is the first city that will witness the proud owners in the inaugural edition of ESPL. There will be more teams representing cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and states like Punjab, and Rajasthan in the upcoming league, A tie-up with Garena to create an exclusive gaming platform for their most popular battle royale game Free Fire in India.

The matches will be streamed on OTT giant Disney+ Hotstar alongside official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak and its websites. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Season one will be held virtually over two and a half months. It will also feature a prize pool worth Rs. 25 lakhs where the winner takes home a sum of Rs. 12 lakhs while second and third-placed teams will take home Rs. 6 lakhs and Rs. 3 lakhs, 

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