How Skyesports is reviving CS:GO in India: about the $245 thousand tournament and plans to develop counter-strike in the region
At the end of August, Skyesports Masters 2023, a two-month tournament aimed at reviving interest in Counter-Strike, ended in India. The prize pool was more than $245 – an unprecedented figure for Indian cyber tournaments.
The Gods Reign team became the champion and took home the grand prize of $54. Bookmakers did not miss this tournament and offered bets on it. Fans of bets could even use BC Leon promo code, to make a better bet.
About the Skyesports Masters 2023 tournament
The competition was first announced in April. This event became a landmark event for the Indian Counter-Strike community, which had never before seen competitions of this scale, especially after the decline in the popularity of the game in the country. The pandemic and the transition of e-sportsmen and tournament operators to other games made their own adjustments. But there is still interest in Counter-Strike in the country.
Finding new talent was one of Skyesports’ main goals as the tournament kicked off with qualifying stages in 20 Indian cities, including Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. Based on the results of the first stage, eight teams were formed: Velocity, Medal, Reckoning, 7Sea, Enigma, Revenant, Gods Reign and Marcos. All of them largely consisted of Indian players, but there were also foreigners among them – Australians, Malaysians and even Russians. At the second stage, they played two matches between each other. The four best rosters – Revenant, 7Sea, Gods Reign and Marcos – advanced to the playoffs.
In the final four, the Gods Reign team turned out to be the strongest. On her way, she dealt with Marcos (16:2, 16:6) and Revenant (16:11, 16:8).
Prospects for “contra” in India
Indian commentator Bleh hopes that this tournament will give impetus to the development of other teams and players. He also positively assessed the presence of foreign e-sports players. He believes they can help locals up their game. Indian organizations should attract coaches and captains from other regions where CS is more developed. In the meantime, eSports players from India are far from understanding how to play Counter-Strike at a high level.
The Skyesports Masters tournament had the goal of launching a new wave of interest in CS:GO in India. The organizers promised to open multiple sources of income for organizations to breathe new life into the Indian pro scene – sponsorship, merchandise sales and media rights.