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Immortals India Gaming Enterprise has announced a local esports league called the Mumbai Esports Championship 2019 (MESC). The tournament aims to focus gaming cafes around Mumbai and amateur gamers in India.
The tournament will include competitions in various games including PUBG Mobile, CS:GO, and FIFA 20, offering a total prizepool of 3 lakh Indian rupees (~USD 4.2K). Cafe owners will form their own teams to compete against each other.
The final phase of the championship will follow a 'Home - Away' format which is quite popular in other traditional sports tournaments such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pro Kabaddi League and the Indian Super League among others.
Team Formation Rules
Teams can consist of a total of five players and one substitute with no more than two players being professionals. The definition of what classifies a player as a professional is unclear.
MESC has been divided into three phases.
An open qualifier consisting of up to 64 teams will face each other in a knockout bracket. The top 32 teams will progress to the second phase of the tournament.
Date: 21st - 22nd December 2019.
Location: EXC India - Game Changer, Wadala.
The 32 qualified teams will be divided into eight groups of four teams each. Each group will follow a league format where each team will face every other team in its respective group. The eight winning teams (one from each group) will move on to the third and final phase of the championship.
Date: 28th - 29th December, 2019.
Location: Level Up, Kopar Khairane | Destino, Bhandup
Date: 4th - 5th January, 2020.
Location: Global Gaming Cafe, Vashi | Circle Gaming, Vile Parle
The eight teams from Phase two will be split into two groups of four teams each. Once again a league format will be followed, where each team in a group will go up against every other team of that group. But here the 'Home - Away' format will also come into play, as teams will be travelling to the rival teams' gaming cafe to play 'away' matches, while the other teams come to their cafe for home matches.
Every match will be a best-of-two series with an away victory netting a team five points while a home victory provides three points. A draw results in one point for each team. The winning team from each group will move on the grand finale, for which limited details are available at this time.
Date: Every weekend from 11th January - 2nd February, 2020.
Location: Will be decided based on which teams qualify through phase two.
Player Privileges for Phase 3
As per the press release sent to AFK Gaming, teams that make it through the first two phases of the championships will receive the following benefits,
- Players shall receive a travel allowance for each match.
- Monetary provisions during phase three at each selected location.
- Exclusive team merchandise - All the top eight teams will be receiving a jersey.
- Food and Beverage provisions at each selected location for phase three.
- Exclusive digital PR coverage for the players.
- Branding finalists across Mumbai prior to the grand finals.
The grand finale will feature the final showdown of all the three gaming titles, CS:GO, PUBG Mobile, and FIFA 20, alongside a CS 1.6 invitational match, a cosplay contest, and a meet and greet session. The venue and dates for the grand finale have not been announced yet.
Registration and Broadcast