ESPL Season 2 LAN Finals Postponed Indefinitely Due to BGMI Ban
It featured a massive prize pool of INR 1,00,00,000.
One of the biggest BGMI (Battlegrounds Mobile India) tournaments of the year, Esports Premier League Season 2 (ESPL), organized by India Today Gaming has been postponed indefinitely due to the recent ban imposed against the mobile gaming title.
In a statement obtained via a press release, the organizers of the BGMI tournament announced that the 'LAN Finals' which was scheduled to take place from 1st to 5th August, has been put on hold "in light of the government’s directions and the prevailing circumstances."
This decision comes after BGMI was removed from both the online stores and subsequently banned under the directives of the Indian Government under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, as per reports.
BGMI ban has resulted in ESPL Season 2 LAN Finals being put on hold indefinitely
The second season of the ESPL, touted by its organizers as India's first-ever franchise-based esports league, featuring a massive total prize pool of INR 1,00,00,000 and all set to take place from 1st to 5th August, has been put on hold indefinitely to stay in line with the decision taken by the Indian Government against the mobile battle royale title.
The BGMI tournament had started in June with its open qualifiers, multiple stages being played out for more than a month to shortlist 16 of the best teams that would compete in the LAN Finals.
Unfortunately, just days before the event was scheduled to take place, the Indian Government reportedly banned BGMI in the country on 28th July, sending a huge shockwave across the entire Indian gaming community.
As the game is officially not available to download and the in-app purchases have been disabled, in compliance with the guidelines ESPL via a press release has stated that,
"In light of the government’s directions and the prevailing circumstances, we are constrained to put the ESPL Season 2, on hold. This is an unfortunate situation for all esports enthusiasts, and also a huge setback for India Today Gaming, at this stage of the tournament. However, upon closure of the matter favourably, we intend to renew the ESPL from the stage where we are leaving it now, which means that the selected finalist teams will be invited again to take the tournament forward for the Finals."
The 16 BGMI teams that had managed to qualify for the ESPL Season 2 LAN Finals are,
Team Insane Esports
These teams will be sent a direct invite in case the ban against BGMI gets lifted and if India Today Gaming decides to go ahead with ESPL Season 2. Whether the event will take place on LAN or otherwise will be announced at a later stage.