New Delhi [India]Apr 23 (ANI): Charanjot Singh, one of India’s FIFA pros, and Street Fighter V athlete Mayank Prajapati produced sensational performances to secure a spot at the 2022 Asian Games after winning titles at the Esports Federation of India (ESFI) National Esports Championships 2022 (NESC ’22) on Saturday.
Charanjot outplayed Karman Singh 4-1, 6-5 in a thrilling FIFA 22 Grand Final. Chandigarh resident Charanjot, who made headlines last year after winning the AIFF eFootball Challenge 2021, made his mark in the national qualifiers by making the final from the losers group before defeating a strong opponent, Karman, who reached the winner’s final. support.
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The ongoing NESC ’22 has been played virtually due to the pandemic as the winners will be selected to represent the country at the upcoming Asian Games, scheduled in Hangzhou, China, from September 10-25. ESFI held National Qualifiers in a double-elimination format for five popular Esports titles – DOTA 2, Hearthstone, FIFA22, Street Fighter V and League of Legends. Esports will be played as a medal sport for the first time ever at the Asian Games.
After winning the NESC ’22 and securing a spot for Asiad, Charanjot Singh expressed his feelings saying, “I’m really happy and proud of myself to have won the NESC Fifa Qualifiers. It’s a great feeling to represent India in FIFA.His dedication and hard work got me a place in the 2022 Asian Games and that helped me bring the laurels to the country.The right mentality and the good grind towards the game make everything possible and a safe path to get I can’t wait to represent India at the Asian Games and do my best to bring home that medal.”
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Meanwhile, in the Street Fighter V Grand Finals, Mayank aka “MiKeYROG” defeated Ayan Biswas by 3-0. Out of 15 players who signed up for SFV, Mayank and Ayan showed immense skills in their gameplay. The dominating one in between, Mayank secured his spot for the 2022 Asian Games by showing extraordinary skill. He remained undefeated throughout the tournament. Delhi athlete Mayank is a popular face in the Indian fighting game community and joined Street Fighter in 2009.
“It’s a dream moment come true for me. I’m super excited for the Asian Games 2022. It’s really huge and it will definitely put the Indian FGC name on the global map. It’s a lifetime opportunity and I will put every ounce of energy to get the gold medal for my country. Also, a big thank you to ESFI for handling qualifying with such ease and giving Indian FGC such an amazing opportunity,” Mayank said. Prajapati, delighted.
Later in the tournament, the Top 6 of the Hearthstone esports title – Tirth Mehta, Vinayak Subramanian, Karthik Varma Vegesna, Shikhar, Adarsh Shivam and Garv Arora, will compete for the title and also a place in the Indian contingent for the Asian Games.
The quarterfinalists of the playoffs who will fight to participate in the finals of DOTA 2 are Team Whoops, Serene Chaos, 1 Misal 3 Pav, Team Avengers, DMC, Digicont, Stylish Gamers and New Gods.
As there are only four teams (Temple of Kings, Support No Vision, Pineapple Cake, and Coco Cats) entered for the League of Legends esports title, all four go head-to-head in the National Qualifier Semi-Finals.
The winners of NESC ’22 will compete in the AESF Road to Asian Games Regional Qualifiers (June-July 2022), which will run for seeding at the main event in China. (ANI)
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