The ESL India Premiership – 2016 Masters Is Upon Us


It is the 6th of December already, as 2016 nears an end. While many hail this to be among the worst of the years to have come in modern history, fans of local competitive DotA and Counter-Strike would probably disagree. One of the many reasons being a first-of-its-kind initiative in India led by global eSport power ESL and Delhi-based NODWIN Gaming‘s, ‘ESL India Premiership’.

Courtesy: AFKGaming

What started back in May now reaches its end with the promised ‘Masters’ tournament, wherein we see the best of eSport-athletes in India compete after going thru the gruel qualifiers that exist in the form of Starter and Challenger Cups. To be held in Delhi, the competition ranges over a variety of events, from traditional games that are DotA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to the new entrant, Clash Royale and even a cosplay competition!

The competition sure rewards the players well and hefty, as up for the grabs are nearly 18 lakhs! Speaking in regard to this is Akshat Rathee, MD, NODWIN Gaming saying:

‘I am very excited for this finale that marks an imperative achievement in the eSports industry. We feel immense pride to say that our continuous efforts have led to the beginning of the eSports boom in India. This platform gives an opportunity to the e-gaming enthusiasts in the country to explore their potential and build a career in gaming.’


The cosplay competition on the other hand offers the winner a chance to represent India at the ESL One Gentings 2017, happening this January. Note that the dates and the location for season ending of this scene changing tournament are:

  • 9th – 11th December’16
  • NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi.

About ESL: ESL is the world’s largest eSports company, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, StarCraft® II World Championship Series, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the eSports ecosystem. With offices in India, China, Philippines, Germany, France, Poland, Spain, North America and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint.