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Gaming on national television and becoming famous like other athletes — sounds like a dream, right? And this dream is just about to get fulfilled. Ronnie Screwvala, the ex owner of UTV and current owner of Mumbai kabaddi team UMUMBA, is starting an eSports league called UCYPHER. While the news was out early last year, some parts of the pilot season was shot in Mumbai recently.
The show is expected to be aired soon on MTV. The games involved are CSGO, DOTA 2, TEKKEN 7 and Real Cricket (Mobile) .
Gamers feel that if this works out well, it might just change the way people look at gaming in India. The teasers are already out and they definitely look promising. “We want to increase the popularity and get more people to watch eSports. If we do a live telecast, it will be difficult to get non-gamers. Therefore, we have decided to package it smartly, we know the art of storytelling, which will make for good programming, too,“ Screwvala was quoted as saying in The Economic Times.
The best part is that famous players such as counter strike pro Ankit Panth (Team Brutality) and others who are part of a pro team will play against their own teammates since new teams were formed just for this league.
The gamers have been divided into six teams for the league — Yakshas, Yodhas, Sherdils, Crusaders, Marksmen and Akramaks. The six captains are Atul Singh (R3mstar^), Vivek Gore (Acrid), Pranay Bhatia (Wuzz), Ritesh Shah (RiTz), Akshay Sinkar (Kappa) and Ankit Panth (V3nome). Most of the gamers for the first season are from Mumbai. The prize money for Season 1 is Rs 51 lakh.Teams won't be sold in the first two seasons. From the third season on, teams will be up for sale.