Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has unveiled the second team of Esports Premier League (ESPL) 2021. The Delhi-based franchise has been named as Delhi Dukes. Earlier ESPL had announced the first franchise side Hyderabad Hydras.
Sisodia also launched the official jersey of the team, which will be representing the national capital in the country’s first-ever franchise-based Esports league. “I congratulate India Today Group for their efforts to grow Esports in the country. I hope the Delhi team win the tournament,” the Deputy CM Sisodia tweeted after the launch.
Apart from Delhi and Hyderabad, an eight-team league will see other teams representing Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and states Punjab and Rajasthan competing in the final stage of the event.
ESPL 2021, which crossed a massive one million mark during the registration phase, was kicked off on June 16 and has been hosted virtually due to the on-going pandemic. The on-going second phase of the competition has been witnessing a strong competition between 96 teams, as eight will progress into the final stage. The league, which has Infinix Smartphone as its presenting sponsor, aims to give Esports ecosystem a complete makeover in the country and also grow Esports in the Indian market.
In order to take thrilling action of the league to Esports enthusiasts from every corner of the country, it has been streamed live on OTT giant Disney+ Hotstar, Free Fire official streaming platform Booyah and Malayalam OTT platform Koode alongside official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak and its websites.