Skyesports Masters announced as India's first ever franchise based esports league

Skyesports Masters announced as India’s first-ever franchise based esports league

April 14, 2023

Jet Skyesports, the leading esports tournament organiser in south Asia, has unveiled its latest IP, the Skyesports Masters, which is not only India’s first-ever franchise-based esports league but also the country’s biggest gaming tournament to date with a whopping ?2cr prize pool.

The league will feature a total of eight franchise teams comprising the biggest national as well as international names in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) circuit. It will happen as an on-ground event (LAN) with a live audience in Mumbai.

By leveraging its position in the market to unlock revenue streams for all eight franchised teams in the Skyesports Masters with sponsorships, merchandise sales and media rights deals, Jet Skyesports will act as an enabler for the creation of a sustainable ecosystem for Counter-Strike in the years to come.

The Skyesports Masters league will kick off with the café qualifiers followed by the main event in Mumbai, where the eight franchise teams will battle it out in front of a live audience in the quest to become the ultimate “Skyesports Masters”.

In order to provide the emerging and highly-talented gamers of the country a platform to showcase their talent, Jet Skyesports has tied up with local gaming cafés across 20 different cities such as Chennai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Ahmedabad among several others to scout for the best CS:GO players during the qualifiers. The Skyesports Masters will provide franchise teams an option to add the best of the scouted players from the qualifiers to their star-studded rosters.

The schedule for the qualifiers, the exact venue, and ticketing information will be announced soon on Skyesports’ Instagram, Twitter and Facebook handles. Fans who won’t be able to attend the event live can tune into the electrifying action of the league live on the official Skyesports YouTube channel, which will be offered in multiple languages. 

Shiva Nandy, the Founder, and CEO of Skyesports, commented:

The Skyesports Masters is set to redefine and raise the bar for Esports in India. With our franchised system, we have found eight fantastic partners to be a part of the inaugural season of the league. Our goal for the league is not to just create one of the grandest tournaments for audiences to enjoy but also to build a viable ecosystem for Esports organisations while unlocking many revenue streams for them. This is the need of the hour for the Indian Esports industry as a lot of organisations are reeling under huge losses and we hope Skyesports Masters can be the much-needed game changes for the industry.

Anuj Tandon, CEO of Gaming Division, JetSynthesys, added:

Over the years Skyesports has hosted various tournaments in association with some of the popular games. Counter-Strike has been at the heart of India’s gaming café culture for decades and Skyesports’ association with CSGO will usher in a revival of the game ahead of the release of Counter-Strike 2. It’s a significant milestone for us as we gear up to bring forth Skyesports’ first-ever franchised esports league that will see a lot of talent emerge and contribute to the growth of the Indian esports industry at the grassroots level.

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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