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India’s CS:GO team will lead their country into the 14th IESF World Electronic Sports Championship where they will face Tajikistan in the opening match on December 2.
A team consisting of team captain Ritesh Sarda (Defaulter), Shuvajyoti Chakraborty (Mcg1LLzZz), Anshul Adarkar (KiiLSwitCh), Hrishikesh Shenoy (Crazy_Gamer) and Harsh Jain (lynX) were placed in Group C along with Team IES. After finishing eighth in the last edition of the tournament held in Eilat, Israel, the team will be determined to finish on the podium this time around.
India CS:GO captain Ritesh Sarda said “It has been a great honor to represent India live in the WEC. We as a team are excited and ready to play in the upcoming WEC which starts next week in Bali. The World Finals will be a colossal spectacle. With the right mentality and the right grind, we have high hopes for the tournament and will try to bring glories to the country.”
Organized by the International Electronic Sports Federation (IESF), the upcoming 14th World eSports Championship will see the participation of top athletes from over 120 countries, competing in six different esports titles – CS:GO, Dota 2, Tekken 7, eFootball as well as junior PUBG Legends Mobile and mobile: Bang Bang Bang. With a massive prize pool of US$500,000 (approx. INR 4 Crore), the tournament will be held in Bali from December 1-12. Team India is made up of the same athletes who represented India at the last ESports World Championship in Eilat and won the National Qualifiers (NESC2022).
Besides CS:GO, India will also be participating in Tekken 7 and eFootball titles.
“This is another great opportunity after the Commonwealth Esports Championship for esports athletes in India to prove they can perform. With the Olympic Games also declaring ‘Olympic Esports Week’, esports is slowly progressing towards its Woodstock moment; and medals at events like CEC, WEC will help in Establishing India as the dominant eSports power globally. This group of our athletes has great potential and we are confident that they will give a tough challenge to the world’s best player and emerge victorious and make our glorious nation proud. I wish them all the best and look forward to seeing them triumph in their titles.” said Yugal Kishore Sharma, Director, Electronic Sports Federation of India.
Hitesh Khorwal (Rcool) and Hemanth Kommu (Peshemak7) will represent India in Tekken 7 and eFootball tournament respectively.
Khural will compete against athletes from Pakistan, the Bahamas, Venezuela and Palestine in Group E and will begin his challenge against Lucius Antoine of the Bahamas on December 3.
India’s clash with Pakistan’s Arslan Siddique on the same day after their opening match will be an encounter to watch out for. Arslan won VSFighting X, Dreamhack 2022 and Combo Breaker 2022 earlier this year.
“I am really happy that I will be representing India in WEC this year, this feeling is amazing and I can’t explain my feelings. WEC is always a daunting task for Tekken participants as our scene has progressed very well and reached a new peak. So it’s a moment to cherish for me. It creates a perfect scene of success for me after I put my blood and sweat into this game. This time I am more prepared for WEC. As a mountain to actually climb, I feel confident and ready for it. It’s a great opportunity to prove my identity against the literal creators of the title and my body, soul and mind are ready for it. Bring it on, Bali! ” Hettich expressed his excitement ahead of the World Championship finals.
Como, on the other hand, will compete against athletes from Kazakhstan, Armenia and Guinea in Group P. He will play his first match against Cheick Conde of Guinea on December 3.
“It is a great feeling and an honor for me to represent our country in the 14th WEC. It is a great opportunity for me to play in such a big event with top players from different countries competing. I am confident in my abilities and I will do my best to get the best results in the tournament and I want to I come home with some glory.” Hemanth said while expressing his thoughts on getting a chance to represent India in the World Finals.
Group stage matches for Tekken 7 will be contested in a best-of-three format, and for CS:GO they will be in a best-of-three format.
After the group stage ends, the Top-2 teams from each group will advance to the next round in the CS:GO and Tekken 7 titles while for eFootball, only the top team in the group will qualify for the next stage.
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