ASUS ROG Academy Season 8 Registrations Begin For CS:GO


ASUS ROG Academy Season 8 Registrations Begin for CS:GO

The return home - #BackToBasics

Aditya Singh Rawat
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The ROG Academy is back with Season 8 and it is returning home to its roots - CS:GO.
The registrations have already started and will be taking place till 31st June, 12:00 PM IST.
The selected candidates will learn and grow under the guidance of Saharyar ”BaDMaN” Shaikh, former professional CS:GO player and coach.

The ROG Academy is back with Season 8, stronger than ever before, and all set for the return journey home to its roots - CS:GO. The registrations are currently underway, having started on 20th June, Wednesday and will continue to take place till 31st June, 12:00 PM IST.

Yes, you heard it right! After successfully running six seasons of Valorant across two years and providing a unique platform to many young Valorant players, to learn, improve, and showcase their skills, the unit has made the decision of going back to the game that originally launched the ROG Academy.

ROG Academy Season 8 Returns to CS:GO - Complete Details

ROG Academy Season 8 is going to be centered around #BackToBasics. Through it they aim to provide opportunities to all those CS:GO enthusiasts who aspire to become professional players in the competitive scene.

The ROG Academy strongly believes that India possesses immense potential to embrace and popularize CS:GO as a competitive game once again. As a testament to this belief, several regional tournament organizers have started hosting tournaments with substantial prize pools, gradually recognizing the growing interest and participation across the country.

Those selected will not only get to learn and grow but also receive a monetary compensation of INR 15,000 which is subject to statutory deduction. Also, those between the age groups of 16 to 18 will require a consent letter from their parents or guardians.

All candidates who are talented enough to get shortlisted for the ROG Academy Season 8 will learn and grow under the guidance of Saharyar ”BaDMaN” Shaikh, a former professional CS:GO player who will act as their mentor and head coach.

BaDMaN, contrary to his name has over 10 years of experience as an IGL (in-game leader) and has previously worked as the coach for the Global Esports Female CS:GO team. During his time with the team, he helped them win the South Asia CS:GO Qualifiers and finish as the runner-up for the Southeast Asia and Oceania CS:GO event.

Over the years, BaDMaN has developed a knack for identifying and grooming young talents, some of them going on to become successful esports players like Akram "Rawfiul" Virani, Prabhdeep "Ghost" Bhatia, Prish "Tricky" Valvani, and Rishabh "Ezzy" Gupta.

ROG Academy has historically attracted young talents who want to pursue a future in esports, receiving more than 13,000 registrations. It has been successful in providing those shortlisted a chance to hone their skills and prepare themselves for the future, transferring 42 players to professional gaming athletes.

Over the years, six ROG Academy graduates have been placed in Tier 1 and Tier 2 esports organizations from India, going on to participate in the recently concluded Valorant Champions League (VCL) 2023 South Asia, one of the biggest Valorant tournaments to take place in the region.

The last batch of ROG Academy players got a brilliant opportunity of learning from a couple of Indian esports veterans as part of their guest sessions, Bhavin ”HellRanger” Kotwani - Former IGL of Global Esports, and Sabyasachi "Antidote" Bose - IGL of Orangutan (Winner of VCL 2023 South Asia).

It is safe to say that ROG Academy provides young Indian talents with the best resources and ample opportunities, to hone their skills, sharpen their gameplay, and learn from the best.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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