The SkyeSports Championship 3.0 was one of the most captivating eSports events for the Indian gaming community in recent times, boasting a prize pool of 55,00,000 INR all the gamers had their hearts set to win the championship
This tournament had players competing across five different esports titles with BGMI and Valorant having the highest share of the prize pool. Clash of Clans, Brawl Stars, and Sachin Saga Cricket Champions had an equal distribution in the prize pool. The AMD Ryzen was the Prime sponsor followed by Logitech G and WD_Black as the gaming partner and storage partner respectively.
The tournament was live-streamed on SkyEsports’ YouTube channel and Facebook in English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, and Malayalam. The total Livestream amassed total viewership of 60 million+, peaking at 2.2 lakh (200K) concurrent viewers during the BGMI grand finals.
The format for the qualification round for Valorant was best of 1 map whereas for playoffs all the matches were Bo3 with double elimination for the upper and lower bracket and the grand final being Bo5. Eight top teams from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Maldives faced off against each other to claim the throne. In the playoffs total of 8 teams participated and the finalists were “Velocity Gaming” and “Enigma Gaming” both representing India in which Velocity Gaming came out to be victorious. Both teams had to play 3 Bo5 for 3 consecutive days, with a little change in the format as compared to the last championship.
In the Sky eSports Championship 2.0, the teams were categorized according to their Indian states like the IPL, and only players from India were allowed to participate. As far as the Individual awards are concerned, Enigma Gaming’s Akram ‘Rawfiul’ Virani was chosen as the MVP for his insane fragging ability and impressive and consistent performance throughout the tournament.
For the BGMI fans, it was an exhilarating experience to watch their favorites compete after a Hiatus. The semi-finals were held from 30th August – 4th September 2021, where a total of 24 teams participated, which included 8 qualified teams from the quarter-finals and the rest of the 16 teams.
The teams were divided into 4 groups playing 21 matches each and the top 18 teams from the overall standings advanced to the finals. “Team IND ” secured the first position in the semifinals with 4 chicken dinners and 109 finish points, “Revenant eSports” was the runner-up in the semi-finals. Underdog teams like “Team Celsius”’ and “Esports Empire”, also qualified for the finals for the 17th and 18th spots respectively. By eliminating many big names in the tournament, they were considered as the dark horses of the tournament.
The Qualifiers were Bo1 where the teams had to play only 1 map and advance in which about 1200 teams participated and out of which only 18 teams played the Grand Finals including the invited teams. A total of 42 Maps were played over 7 days. The competition was fierce as Team IND, GodLike eSports, Team Soul, TSM FTX, and Orange Rock eSports to name a few had participated which guaranteed an epic showdown of all times. Team GodLike won the tournament who was among the favorites and leading contenders with the likes of Jonathan, Zgoda, ClutchGod, Neyoo, and Ghataak to add to their explosive powerhouse lineup winning a massive amount of 12 lakh INR.
The winning team “Godlike eSports” took home the massive prize pool of INR 25,00,000. The team had a big feast by achieving the highest number of chicken dinners (6 chicken dinners) won by any team. Godlike Esports scored a total of 438 points in the overall standings with 228 finish points, Jonathan Jude Amaral from Godlike eSports took home the title of Most Valuable Player of the AMD Ryzen Skyesports Championship 3.0 BGMI event, for his 77 frags in 42 matches. He scored a total of 77 finish points with an average of 1.83 finishes in each match, he took home INR 1,00,000 as a reward for his godlike performance.
“7 Sea eSports” were the runner up followed by “8 bit eSports” and “Revenant eSports” as the 2nd and 3rd runner up respectively. Individual Awards were introduced this time in the Championship, “The Emerging player Award” was backed by Akshat from 8bit who fell just short of Jonathan by 2 kills in the leaderboard with 75 kills to his name in 42 matches. Another special award was given to the veteran “Tanmay ‘ScoutOP’ Singh” for his astonishing clutches and showcase of his insane mechanical skills for the “Fan-Voted Best Clutch award”.
SkyeSports Championship 3.0 Award Ceremony
The tournament concluded with an award ceremony that took place in Mumbai at Taj Lands End, to felicitate the winners of the Skyesports 3.0 championship. The Award Ceremony was graced with the presence of the Legend of Indian Cricket “Sachin Tendulkar”. If you could notice the irony, The winning team “Godlike eSports” were awarded by the God of Cricket (Sachin Tendulkar). The participants of the Skyesports 3.0 Championship were awarded an extensive variety of awards and medals. A Champion’s Trophy was awarded to the winners of each title respectively. The champions of “Sachin Saga” got a personal gift they would cherish forever, A cricket ball signed by Sachin Tendulkar himself.
The award ceremony was a huge morale boost and success for the gaming community of India as the CEO of Jetsyntheses “ Mr. Rajan Navani” spoke his part about Esports being recognized as an actual sport. “By Being here with us I think you are recognizing a sport that is truly going to emerge as one of the pioneering efforts for a country like India, Which has One-tenth of the world population is in Indian under 25, and there is no way that our country Apna Bharath cannot really be in the center stage of Esports” claimed Mr. Rajan Navani.
Mr. Sachin Tendulkar also showed his support for the Esports community by sharing a few heartwarming words, “E-gaming for us. Of course, we enjoy playing games but you know the way it has picked up and the kind of following all these guys have is massive. And that’s possibly an understatement because today’s generation is so glued to all these things. And the best part about E-gaming is there is acceptance” said Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. These words filled up the hearts of gamers with pride as their favorite cricketer was supporting and recognizing their sport.
It’s invigorating to see the growth of the esports scene in India and it’s really exciting to see what SkyEsports has in store to solidify the roots of Esports in the Indian community.
-Report by Prajwal and Himanshu