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Stalwart Esports Signs FreeStyle To Play PMPL After PUBG Mobile Ban

Nutan Lele
6/Oct/2020 10:58 am

Stalwart Esports is one of the only Indian organization to participate in PMPL South Asia S2, 2020.
Reluctant to surrender their spot, Stalwart started looking for talents in other South Asian teams.
“Team Freestyle has an extremely talented roster and the boys have proved it time to time [in their previous tournaments].” says Zeyan Shafiq.

Stalwart Esports is one of the few Indian organizations to participate in PMPL South Asia S2, 2020. The organisation has signed Pakistani Team Freestyle's roster, which is set to play in the upcoming tournament. Due to the recent India-China dispute, PUBG Mobile was banned in India from the 2nd of September. As a result, Indian teams had to give up their slots for PMPL 2020 – South Asia, Season 2. Even those that were planning to fly their players out to another country and participate from there can no longer do so. 

RELATED:  PUBG Mobile Prohibits Indian Teams From Participating in PMPL SA

Stalwart Esports and Freestyle Work Out A Win-Win Situation

Reluctant to give up their slot, Stalwart started looking for talents in other South Asian teams. Initially, they planned to sign a team from Nepal, however, that didn’t pan out. Freestyle’s roster initially approached Stalwart since due to network issues in the region, they had failed to secure a spot for PMPL S2. Now, Team Freestyle’s roster will play under Team Stalwart with the title STEfs.

“As our finances were in lock, we had to find a strategy to deal with the situation,” says Dhwanil, COO of Stalwart Esports. “Also, Team Freestyle’s roster has great talents, which we decided not to let go in vain. This is the prime reason for Team Freestyle playing under Stalwart.”   

Team Freestyle 

Freestyle won the PMCO Spring Split, 2020 - Pakistan and qualified for the PUBG Mobile World League East. However, due to Pakistan banning PUBG Mobile, the team couldn’t play some of the matches. This left them at a disadvantage while qualifying for the Super Weekends. With this tournament, Freestyle will no doubt want to prove their mettle and make up for lost opportunities.  

“Team Freestyle has an extremely talented roster and the boys have proved it time to time [in their previous tournaments],” says Zeyan Shafiq, Founder of Stalwart Esports. “Also, this line-up is well experienced and we’re looking forward to getting good results with them.”

The complete roster is:

  • STEfsBlack
  • STEfsBaba
  • STEfsMalik
  • STEfsKashoof
  • STEfsBlade
  • STEfsMorte

“No one cares for the runners up team,” says STEfsMalik, Captain of the team. “Fans only remember the team who makes an impact. And in this PMPL-South Asia S2, we’ll be remembered as the team, who won the championship". Stalwart Esports recently also signed on a Free Fire roster for the upcoming FFIC 2020. 

RELATED:  Stalwart Esports Introduces Free Fire Lineup For FFIC 2020

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Nutan Lele is AFK Gaming's source for everything from Twitch to the Twitterati. Her focus lies in distilling esports content from around the world. As the former captain of Girlaxy India, she brings an experienced eye in analysing the League of Legends scene.