Monday, October 16, 2023

Team Gladiators Esports crowned Champions of BGIS 2023 by Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra

16 finalists took part in the exhilarating grand finals that spanned across 12th, 13th, and 15th October at SVP Stadium in Mumbai
With a total prize pool of INR 2 crores, the champions took home INR 75 lakhs
The event saw attendance of over 6000 spectators making it the biggest Esports Event of the Country

Team Gladiators Esports crowned as champions of BGIS 2023 by Indian athlete and Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra

From L to R: Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO, KRAFTON India, Neeraj Chopra, Indian athlete and Olympic Champion, and Minu Lee, Head of Publishing at KRAFTON India at India’s biggest Esports event - BGIS Finale at NSCI Dome in Mumbai, October 15th, 2023
Mumbai, October 16th, 2023: The thrilling BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA SERIES 2023 (BGIS) finale, held at the iconic SVP Stadium in Mumbai, concluded on a high note on 15th October with Team Gladiators Esports emerging as the champions. In the first ever LAN finale of BGIS, the winners took home a grand prize of INR 75 lakhs from a total prize pool of INR 2 crores. The three-day Esports extravaganza featured intense matches, passionate fans, and Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra as the esteemed Chief Guest, who took part in the closing ceremony and awarded the winners.
BGIS kicked off in July 2023, where 2048 selected teams participated in several rounds to secure their spot in the finals. On 12th, 13th and 15th October, the 16 final teams went head-to-head for the ultimate chicken dinner over the course of 18 matches. While Gladiators Esports etched their names in Esports history with their triumphant journey, the tournament also saw top performances from all participating teams. With over 6000 spectators in attendance, the biggest battle royale Esports tournament in India elevated the Esports experience for fans in an unprecedented manner. KRAFTON India's steadfast commitment to fostering Esports talent took centre stage as the event provided a level playing field for both emerging and veteran teams to play side by side and showcase their skills, making it a truly inclusive spectacle.
The winning teams are:
Winning Team/Player
Prize amount

1st Place
Gladiators Esports
INR 75,00,000

2nd Place
Big Brother Esports
INR 37,50,000

3rd Place
Team X Spark
INR 25,00,000

Delta PG
INR 4,00,000

The Rising Star
INR 2,00,000

MVP of Finals
Saif (Big Brother Esports)
INR 2,00,000

Best IGL
Blind Manya
INR 2,00,000

Teams securing fourth to sixteenth positions also received prizes amounting from INR 12,50,000 to INR 1,00,000.
Felicitating the winners, Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra said “Today we celebrate not only the BGIS champions but also the growing prominence of Esports in India. It is remarkable to see the level of dedication and skill the teams showed. It is heartening to see the players’ passion in devoting themselves and rising from the grassroots level to achieving their dreams on the national stage. I want to congratulate all the winners and the participating teams for their hard work. I also like to congratulate KRAFTON India for providing Esports players from across the country a platform to showcase their talent.” 
Congratulating the winners and all the participating teams, Karan Pathak, Head of Esports at KRAFTON India, said “BGIS signifies our commitment to the growth of Esports in India. We are thrilled to see the passion and enthusiasm from both the players and the audience. It is heartening to see several new and upcoming teams showcase incredible performances alongside the seasoned teams in the finals. KRAFTON India is proud to provide a platform for these incredible talents and we look forward to supporting the Esports community's continued success.”

From L to R: Minu Lee, Head of Publishing at KRAFTON India, Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO, KRAFTON India, and Neeraj Chopra at the BGIS Finale stage

Over 6000 fans cheer on for their favourite teams at the BGIS 2023 arena
The thrilling finale was also live-broadcast on JioCinema and the KRAFTON INDIA ESPORTS YouTube Channel, drawing exceptional response from both BGMI fans and Esports enthusiasts. The event was broadcast in 10 languages, including English, Hindi, and other regional languages, enabling audiences from across the country to enjoy the matches to the fullest.  
About KRAFTON, Inc.  
Based out of South Korea, KRAFTON, Inc. is committed to discovering and globally publishing games that deliver a uniquely fun experience with global production studios known for distinctive creatives. Founded in 2007, KRAFTON consists of PUBG STUDIOS, Bluehole Studio, RisingWings, Striking Distance Studios, Dreamotion, Unknown Worlds, 5minlab, Neon Giant, KRAFTON Montréal Studio and ReLU Games, each trying to innovate the enjoyment of games through continuously embracing challenges and new technologies, expanding our platforms and services to win the hearts of more fans.  
KRAFTON is responsible for premier entertainment properties, including BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA (BGMI), Road To Valor: Empires, PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, The Callisto Protocol, NEW STATE MOBILE, Moonbreaker, TERA and ELYON. With a passionate and determined team worldwide, KRAFTON is a technology-driven company that boasts world-class capabilities as it seeks to expand its areas of business beyond games to multimedia entertainment and deep learning. KRAFTON, Inc. is committed to enhancing the start-up ecosystem in India; and so far, the company has invested over $140 million in several Indian startups in the field of interactive entertainment, gaming, Esports and technology. For more information, visit 

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