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Everything ESPL 2021: Serving The Untapped 1 Million Potentials Esports
Amarylisa Gonsalves
Posted on 09 Sep, 2021
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 09 Sep, 2021
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By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 09 Sep, 2021
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Everything ESPL 2021: Serving The Untapped 1 Million Potentials


The Esports Premier League (ESPL) 2021, which kicked off on July 16th, 2021, has been going on in the full swing. The Free Fire tournament, scheduled for a duration of over two and a half months, has witnessed tremendous success so far. Within just a few days of its commencement, the spectacular tournament managed to receive over 1 million registrations.

We connected with Vishwalok Nath, Director, ESPL, to understand the thought process behind initiating India’s first franchise-based esports tournament. Though the tournament still has a month to go before its completion, it has received a great response from the esports community. Nath shares some insights on how the tournament has been doing so far and what is anticipated.

Vishwalok Nath, ESPL, Director

Vishwalok Nath, ESPL, Director

Can you elaborate on the structure you follow while designing and hosting a tournament? How are the format and structure decided upon?

The structure for any given tournament is different depending on several factors, including the game and the scope of the event. Other aspects that impact these tournaments include whether they are a solo segment or will just focus on team-based competition. These things are taken into consideration during the making of the format and structure of the tournament. For ESPL 2021, we knew that we wanted to target gamers across India with Free Fire as the title. The nationwide structure and the franchise-based system aided the decision to divide ESPL into four levels spanning two and a half months.

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When we talk about an esports tournament, what are the different teams involved who work backstage?

For ESPL 2021, several teams work in the backend, from the conception to the execution and the post-tournament activities. We have a team that works on the concept and structure of the tournament and the marketing team that pushes the idea forward to the partners. Other teams include a production team that handles both the design and the actual execution of the tournament matches. Esports Premier League 2021 also has a customer support team that addresses any concerns gamers may have over discord and other support lines. The overall team includes a tech team and content team that focuses on keeping the site running and the correct information for interested gamers.

Tell us about your most successful tournament so far.

Most of the tournaments in the past have been successful in various degrees, from gamer engagement to the actual scale. However, ESPL 2021 seems to be on route to be our most successful tournament so far. As part of the registration phase, we managed to amass more than 1 million participating players with thousands of registered teams. The nationwide scale of the tournament is likely to take things to the next level in the remaining levels.

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How has the pandemic affected the occurrence of esports tournaments?

The global pandemic has changed the way we planned to execute the event. Initially, we planned the tournament to be a proper offline celebration of gaming and esports. However, the pandemic turned it into a completely digital event for both the organisers as well as participants. This helped us ensure that ESPL 2021 is exceptionally safe for all the parties involved.

How do you manage the registrations and verifications processes?

We have created a robust India Today Gaming platform to ensure that we can easily manage the registrations and not worry about verifying the players involved. We have also used discord and social media platforms to help incoming gamers register without any problems. If they have any issues, they get connected with our team to solve their queries and issues. The ESPL 2021 registration process requires players to verify through their phone number or email ID to make the process as seamless as possible. This one-time registration will ensure that players can stay informed about our future esports tournaments. We are continuously working to improve the platform to make it better for gamers.

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Can you share an incident where a major technical issue occurred and how your team overcame it?

We did face some technical issues at the start due to the sheer number of users registering on our platform. However, our technical team was on its toes and quickly fixed the problems to make the Esports Premier League 2021 registration process a breeze.

What do you think of Indian esports tournaments as compared to the tournaments in western countries? 

The Indian esports scene is still nascent compared to global esports and happens at a much smaller scale. However, significant game tournaments happen between India and other countries both in the East and West. ESPL is one small step in helping India move forward the long journey to bridge this gap.

There’s a lot more Nath had to share with us about ESPL and everything that went into making the tournament successful. Read the full interview in Gutshot Magazine’s August e-magazine. Now enjoy unlimited access to the e-magazine, with a one time Sign-up.  Sign-up now!

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