In a significant development, Esports Premier League Season 2 has been postponed indefinitely following the ban order imposed by Indian government on Krafton’s flagship game Battlegrounds Mobile India. Notably, the organisers were planning to hold a LAN final from 1st August.
Earlier, the BGMI app was removed from Google Play Store and Apple Store on 28 July, 2022. In a statement released, organisers of the ESPL Season 2 confirmed that they are in constrain to put the ESPL Season 2 on hold, in light of the government’s directions and the prevailing circumstances.
“This is an unfortunate situation for all the esports enthusiasts, and also a huge setback for India Today Gaming, at this stage of the tournament,” read the statement. The statement further stated that the entities concerned will evaluate and pursue the matter in accordance with the directions issued by the Government of India.
The organisers also made it clear that they intend to renew the ESPL from the stage they were leaving it now and the selected finalist team will be invited again to take the tournament for the final. The ogranisers further expressed their gratitude to all the ESPL Season 2 participants and the gaming community spread across the country for supporting the competition.
The second edition of the ESPL Season 2 was set to engage gamers across the country in a high-voltage action with a big prize pool of INR 1 Crore. The champions were supposed to take home INR 50 Lakh while INR 25 Lakh and INR 10 Lakh were reserved for the second and third runner-up respectively. Top 16 teams were supposed to be awarded cash prized with an additional INR 1 Lakh for the Most Valuable Player Award.