Valorant, Rocket League and Chess will headline as lead games at the esports festival ‘Funniche.’
The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) has teamed up with Esports Federation of India (ESFI) for the 24th edition of their annual techno-management festival ‘Techniche.’ The rise in the popularity of esports has prompted the organizers to initiate a special esports festival titled as ‘Funniche’ as part of the main festival. The event will be IIT-G’s inaugural experience to engage with esports and is scheduled from 1st – 14th June, 2021.
The event will include popular esports games like Valorant and Rocket League. Among these, Online Chess has also been included as the game has witnessed a rise in popularity in India. Riot Games’ Valorant, which is fast catching up among the esports players in India, will see four rounds followed by the knockouts. Alongside these esports titles, fun trivia based on web series, TV shows and movies will also be included to keep the audience and participants engaged.
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Regarding the partnership, Prof. Chivukula V. Sastri, Chairman of Technical Board, IIT Guwahati said, “Techniche IIT Guwahati is pleased to partner with ESFI to launch their first-ever esports festival in India. This festival aims to foster and motivate young Indian minds and ignite competitive spirits despite being at home. The main motive of including esports was to boost the morale of the bright young brains and to develop the culture of esports among our students.”
Last year, IIT-G was the first to conduct a virtual techno-management festival during the lockdown. It was a big success and with esports becoming increasingly popular, it is expected that the first edition of ‘Funniche’ will redefine the concept of the virtual annual festival while also raising the bar of excitement around the festival.
“We aim to boost the Indian esports ecosystem by promoting, encouraging and educating the younger generation and I am confident this partnership is a concrete step towards that direction. We aim to initiate an ecosystem where esports thrives without any limitations. I personally believe, our recent association with IIT-G, which hosts one of the most inspiring fests, will support us to fuel interest and awareness among the participants about the world of esports and who knows we have to get one of our future champions amongst these IIT students,” said Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF).
The Convenor of Techniche IIT Guwahati, Shubham Singh, further added, “Team Techniche is very excited to host an esports event for the first time. We have put a lot of thought into this and feel that it would be a great way for people to connect and get a competitive feel while being at home despite the pandemic.”
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Techniche has always been a favourite in the festival circuit and the upcoming edition will surely be no exception. The esports festival ‘Funniche’ promises to be the showstopper for this edition.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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