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India Gets Its First Major Tournament of 2021


Indian electronics retail chain Vijay Sales is partnering with The Esports Club to host its first Rainbow Six Siege esports tournament called The Rising. The tournament is currently underway and running till August 4. As far as Ubisoft’s tactical shooter is concerned, the last tournament that accepted Indian players to compete was in the Rainbow Six Siege South Asia Nationals tournament that took place earlier this year, with The Rising being the first local tournament centered around the game.

“The online gaming industry is growing exponentially in India at a rate of almost 27 percent per annum and is estimated to reach $2.8B by 2022,” said Nilesh Gupta, Director of Vijay Sales.

“The current pandemic scenario has further accelerated the growth of this industry. In a bid to be a part of this revolution, we have partnered with Lenovo and AMD and are working closely with them to create unique and engaging IPs to reach this ever-growing customer base.”

The tournament has a prize pool worth Rs. 3,00,000, with Lenovo and AMD also joining in as sponsors.

“We’ve always been passionate about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and are excited to once again be at the forefront of the regional esports ecosystem for Siege with our partners Lenovo, AMD and Vijay Sales,” added Ishaan Arya, Co-Founder of The Esports Club.

The tournament registrations are live on The Esports Club’s website, with all matches being livestreamed on YouTube. It’s interesting to see an esports tournament centered around Rainbow Six Siege, a game on PC and consoles, when other tournaments for more widely available games like Battlegrounds Mobile India are also taking place around the same time.

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