Vishwalok Nath is known for his time as the director of ESPL, India’s first franchise-based esports league for popular mobile game Garena’s Free Fire.
Vishwalok Nath, the director of Esports Premier League (ESPL) has been appointed as the director of the upcoming major event World Esports Cup (WEC) 2021. India Today’s gaming division is led by Vishwalok who has executed several major esports projects in the region. Nath is known for his time as the director of ESPL, India’s first franchise-based esports league for popular mobile game Garena’s Free Fire. WEC marks the next highly ambitious project that will set the path for the organization going forward. Vishwalok certainly seems like a fine choice for a person expected to be the driving force.
World Esports Cup (WEC’21), South East Asia’s tri-nation esports tournament will be played between gamers from India, Pakistan and Nepal. The primary goal of the World Esports Cup will be to give gamers a chance to represent one’s own country, something not everyone gets to do quite often in the esports community in the South Asia region in one of the most popular Battle Royale games. The tournament will see a massive prize pool of $100k (INR 75 lakhs approx). Smartphone maker Infinix Smartphones is the title sponsor for the inaugural edition as the registration of WEC’21 will begin on Saturday, 23rd October 2021. Athletes from across the three regions can register themselves till November 23.
Esports athletes from India, Pakistan and Nepal will get the opportunity to compete virtually in open qualifiers to take a shot at becoming the champion of the region.
While talking about the launch of World Esports Cup (WEC), WEC Director, Vishwalok Nath said: “We all know how intense it becomes when it comes to any India-Pakistan match and we want fans to witness this epic clash in esports as well. The World Esports Cup will also aim to connect the gamers and gaming community from the South Asian Countries in one platform which will be a first of its kind initiative.”
The tournament, which will be played over a period of three months, will have an initial round of two open and closed qualifiers across three regions to screen the best 24 squads from each country. Then, respective countries will battle out to get their best 12 squads which will lead them to finals which will feature their top 4 squads. In the Grand Finals, top 4 squads from India, Pakistan and Nepal will showcase their strategies, coordination and tactical skills to decide the best of the best team from the region. The tournament will be live streamed on official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak along with their websites.
Mr Nath further added regarding its association with Infinix Smartphones, “Mobile gaming with the advent of economical and more advanced smartphone technology has clearly pushed the esports ecosystem to a much wider audience, tapping the still untapped markets across the region and I believe our partnership with Infinix Smartphones consecutive for the second IP property is a strong indication of the potential that WEC brings forth. We are expecting a phenomenal response for this Tri-Nation tournament.” In its inaugural edition WEC will witness 33+ Days of streaming.