India's premier collegiate Esports championship to have a 10 lakh prize pool

Skyesports, India’s leading Esports tournament organizer, has partnered with collegiate Esports platform, Mobile Global Esports Inc. MOGO to host the country’s biggest collegiate Esports tournaments. The ‘MOGO National Championship’ with a prize pool of more than INR 10 lakhs is set to culminate with its LAN Finals, hosted by Skyesports, from September 18 to 22 at the Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Phagwara, Punjab, India.

The MOGO National Championship is an initiative to bridge the gap between traditional sports and Esports while making competitive gaming a major part of collegiate events. Following exhilarating qualifiers that took place across all major national colleges, 16 teams will be competing in the Valorant title at the grand LAN Finals inside the state-of-the-art 2,000-seat arena in the LPU. 

Commenting on the partnership with the MOGO National Championship, Skyesports’ Founder and CEO, Shiva Nandy, said, “Having a well-developed ecosystem for collegiate Esports is important to nurture talent and grow Esports from the grassroots level. The MOGO National Championship is doing just that with its pan-India format targeting all major colleges and the LAN Finale at the LPU. All the best to the 16 college teams competing in the inaugural Finale and I look forward to working together with MOGO to bring more events at the collegiate level.” 

The MOGO National Championship featured a rigorous qualifiers stage, with over 100 teams registering to compete in the event. The qualifiers were split into four divisions: West, South, North, and Central to ensure regional penetration across Indian colleges. The 16 qualified colleges will be competing across a single-elimination bracket to determine the champions with the winners of the LAN finals being rewarded with INR 4 lakhs in prize money. 

"MOGO is thrilled to be part of this exciting collaboration with Skyesports for the MOGO National Championship,” said Dave Pross, CEO of Mobile Global Esports Inc. “Our mission has always been to foster the growth of Esports at the collegiate level, and this partnership exemplifies our commitment to making competitive gaming a major part of collegiate events. We're excited to witness the talents of these 16 college teams on display and look forward to many more such collaborations that will continue to elevate Esports in India."

According to the "Windows of Opportunity" report on India's Media and Entertainment industry by FICCI-EY, Esports teams in India grew by 10%, from 100,000 in 2021 to 110,000 in 2022, and they are estimated to reach 125,000 in 2023. This partnership between Skyesports and MOGO to host one of India’s biggest Esports tournaments at the collegiate level will provide aspiring teams the perfect platform to make a name for themselves in the Indian Esports community.

The list of esteemed colleges competing in the finale are MIT WPU, Mumbai University, Pune University, SIES, JECRC University, DIT University, Poornima University, VIT Bhopal, Francis Xavier, SRM KTR, Manipal University, IIT Madras, Chandigarh University, IGNOU, Chitkara University, and Lovely Professional University. 

Fans from across the nation can tune into the electrifying Esports action live on the Skyesports and MOGO Loco, Rooter, and YouTube channels.

Artsmith Media Release

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