Mobile game publishing company Nazara Games will invest $20 million (~ Rs 136 crore), to develop the Indian eSports ecosystem over the next 5 years, reports YourStory. For this, the company is launching a fully owned eSports league.
Nazara mentions that its league will have 2 seasons per year, and will feature 6 teams selected through free online qualifiers. As of now, the company mentions that it will include games like CS:GO and DotA2 in the tournament, with more game to be launched eventually. Users can apply and register online through a website the company plans to launch soon. The esports community will be able to track and follow the progress of players through Nazara’s WebTV programmes.
Note that eSports has been taking off in a big way in the last few years, although it has not generated quite as much interest in India. Case in point: Indian teams have neither participated in the DotA2 Internationals or CS:GO tournaments, bar one team that made it to an international qualifier in CS:GO. Given the last DotA2 International tournament had a community sourced prize pool (over $20M) greater than that of last T20 Cricket World Cup, it makes sense for the company to venture into a yet to mature sector in India. However, the largest detriments for Indian players to get into competitive gaming is the lack of quality hardware at reasonable prices, and shoddy Internet connections, a problem sports leagues cannot solve.
Nazara focuses on the mobile gaming market, and has developed and distributed a range of branded and original mobile games. The company also claims to be a distributing platform for developers such as Electronic Arts. Its customers include mobile carriers as well as handset manufacturers.