The Commonwealth Esports Championships are set to take place from August 6-7 in Birmingham. India will make its debut in this international esports tournament, along with other Commonwealth nations like England, Wales and Australia. This participation is likely to bring a lot of attention to the emerging esports industry in the country.
The Indian contingent secured their seats in the inaugural edition of the 2022 Commonwealth Esports Championship for DOTA2 and Rocket League after their winning performances in the South Asian regional qualifiers. While Commonwealth Esports will have three different esports titles, India will only participate in DOTA 2 and Rocket League. “Hargun, jocse, Rushil_Y will represent India in the Rocket League bout and they have been placed in Group B alongside Canada, England and Wales. Moin Ejaz, Ketan Goyal, Abhishek Yadav, Shubham Goli, and Vishal Vernekar are the esteemed athletes chosen to represent the country in DOTA 2.”
Indian participation in this tournament is important so that the gaming industry in the country and the laws that govern them, can be amended to better support such players. Esports is an emerging area of the sports industry and India’s support for such players will encourage a mindset shift in Indians, to accept e-Gaming as a valid sport and its players as legitimate professionals.