Sportskeeda reports that Pro Kabaddi League franchise U Mumba owner Ronnie Screwvala is to launch an esports league in India.
Indian self-made billionaire Ronnie Screwvala knows how to transform a fringe sport into a spectator sport. He was vital in turning Kabaddi, an ancient Indian contact sport, into the country’s second most watched sport. Now, he’s looking to do the same thing with esports.
Screwvala is set to invest about $15m into the launch of India’s first major esports league Ucypher. The League will consist of 10 teams across India on various platforms such as PC, mobile and console.
Screwvala told Sportskeeda “We have been planning an esports league for a long time now. We were waiting for the correct time as there was not enough participation before. However, smartphones have changed the game for Indian esports. Also, with the introduction of fibernet and cheaper pricing of consoles, number of gamers are increasing in number everyday. There will be no franchise selling in the first year, but yes we are targeting TV broadcasting.”
The “UCypher” league will feature 10 teams competing in PC, console, and mobile games. Neither the teams nor the games were revealed, yet. Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, and Clash of Clans are likely to be the frontrunners for selection, according to Indian sports news Sportskeeda, which spoke with a player familiar with the situation.
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