South Asian esports tournament organiser Skyesports has unveiled a city-based esports tournament series for Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI).
The event will run from March 2024 in Mumbai, India with a live audience in attendance. The venue and specific dates for the tournament have yet to be announced.
In total, 16 different Indian cities will be represented in the league. Each team will be represented by a different esports organisation. Skyesports has already named each team and has selected which organisations will represent the cities based on an array on criteria, including the organisation’s previous results, contribution to the current ecosystem and commitment to localised content.
According to Sashank Bhandaru, Head of Global Business Partnerships at Skyesports, the process of selecting organisations was of the utmost importance to the company. “[The teams] haven’t just been selected based on their star players or popularity but also on their ability to engage regional audiences which is the goal with the Skyesports League.”
The cities that will be represented in the Skyesports League are as follows; Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Punjab, Rajasthan, Ranchi, and Vizag. The organisations that will represent these cities have yet to be announced.
Skyesports has been a driving force in South Asian esports since 2018 and is no stranger to launching BGMI tournament series’. The Skyesports League joins a range of successful BGMI tournaments such as the Skyesports Grand Slam and the Skyesports championship as well as the Skyesports Masters for CS2.
Regarding the foundation of the Skyesports League, Shiva Nandy, the Founder and CEO of Skyesports, said: “The Skyesports League will be a celebration of India’s diversity and will include a regional and localized flavour never seen before in Indian esports.
“Each team will be representing a different city from every nook and corner of the country, paving the way for more regional engagement while also bringing more content for fans. As BGMI esports becomes sport enjoyed across the country, it’s important to celebrate and leverage India’s cultural diversity which we will be doing with the Skyesports League.”