The Indian CS:GO team will lead the country in the 14th IESF Esports World Championship when they take on Tajikistan in their opener on December 2.
A team consisting of skipper Ritesh Sarda (Default), Shuvajyoti Chakraborty (Mcg1LLzZz), Anshul Adarkar (KiiLSwitCh), Hrishikesh Shenoy (Crazy_Gamer) and Harsh Jain (lynX) was placed in Group C along with Tajikistan, Team IESF and Chile. After finishing eighth in the last edition of the tournament held in Eilat, the team will be determined to get on the podium this time.
Team India CS:GO captain Ritesh Sarda said “It was a great honor to represent India in back to back WEC. We as a team are excited and ready to play in the upcoming WEC starting next week in Bali. The World Final is going to be a huge spectacle. With right mentality and right grind, we have high hopes in the tournament and will try to bring the Laurel wreaths for Israel”.
Organized by the International Esports Federation (IESF), the upcoming 14th World Esports Championship will witness the participation of top athletes from over 120 countries, who will compete in six different Esports titles – CS:GO, Dota 2, Tekken 7, eFootball as well as the premiere PUBG mobile and mobile legends: Bang Bang Bang. With a whopping prize pool of $500k (INR 4 Crores approx), the tournament will be held in Bali from December 1st to 12th. The Indian team consists of those athletes who represented India in the last World Sports Championship in Eilat. Won the National Qualifier (NESC2022).
Apart from CS:GO, India will also participate in Tekken 7 and eFootball titles.
“This is another great opportunity after the Commonwealth eSports Championship for India’s eSports athletes to prove their mettle. With the Olympics also announcing ‘Olympic Sports Week’, eSports is heading towards its Woodstock moment; and medals at events like CEC, WEC will help establish India as a dominant sporting power across the globe. This group of our athletes has great potential and we are confident that they will give a tough challenge to the best in the world and emerge victorious and make our glorious nation proud. I wish them all the best and look forward to seeing them win their titles.” said Yugal Kishore Sharma, Director of Esports Federation of India.
Hitesh Khorwal (Rcool) and Hemanth Kommu (Peshemak7) represented India in the Tekken 7 and eFootball titles respectively.
Khorwal will fight 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.
The Indian’s clash with Pakistan’s Arslan Siddique on the same day after his opening match will be one to watch out for. Arslan won the VSFighting X, Dreamhack 2022 and Combo Breaker 2022 titles earlier this year.
“I am really happy that I will represent India in WEC this year, this feeling is lovely and I can’t explain my feelings. WEC is always a grueling task for Tekken participants since our scene has progressed amazingly and reached a new high. So this is a moment to cherish for me. This creates a perfect setting for success for me after putting my blood and sweat into this game. This time I’m more planned for the WEC. As a mountain to climb already there, I feel confident and ready for it. This is a great opportunity to prove my strength against the verbal virtuosos of the title and my body, soul and mind are ready for it. Bring it on, Bali!” Hitesh expressed his excitement for the finals of the World Championship.
Kommo, on the other hand, will compete against athletes from Kazakhstan, Armenia and Guinea in Group P. He will play his first match against Chik Kunda of Guinea on December 3.
“It’s an amazing feeling and honor to represent our country in the 14th WEC. It’s a huge opportunity for me to play in such a big event with the top players from different countries competing. I’m confident with my grind and will try my best to get the best results in the tournament and want to bring some glory from it home”. Hemanth said while expressing his thoughts on getting the opportunity to represent India in the World Finals.
The Tekken 7 group stage matches will be contested in a best-of-three format and for CS:GO it will be in a best-of-one format.
After the group stage is over, 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 from the group will qualify for the next stage.