The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) will send teams in the titles of Rocket League and Dota 2 for their inaugural participation in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games’ esports pilot. Hargun Singh will lead the Rocket League squad, while Moin Ejaz will captain Dota 2. Both the teams delivered dominating performance at the South Asian Regional qualifying campaign.
The Indian Rocket League clinched a clean sweep by winning all their games against opponents Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives, while Dota 2 overcame Sri Lanka in both rounds but could only manage to win a single round against Pakistan and Bangladesh. Dota 2 squad finished second behind Pakistan and booked their berth at the upcoming CWG 2022 championships in Birmingham.
Delighted with the win, skipper of Rocket League, Hargun Singh expressed his excitement over the growing popularity of esports in regions like South Asia, especially in rocket league. “Considering how much potential there is, this regional event will inspire the rocket league community to participate in every competition and keep them motivated to improve in this game,” said Hargun. The skipper further assured that his team will give their best to bring medal for the country and put a podium finish.
The Indian Rocket League team is a combination of two teams which have participated in over 30 Rocket League events in the past 3-years. These individual hold the Grand champion Rank in Rocket League and defeated all the other countries in South Asian Regional qualifiers for CEC 2022. According to several reports, Dota 2 squad are expected to take part in Asian Games which were supposed to take part this year. However, it will be a first such occasion when an Asiad will have esports as a medaling event, after having it as a exhibition one back in 2018.
Earlier, the Esports Federation of India (ESFI) announced a strong 18-member Indian contingent for the 2022 Asian Games where the sport will be making its debut as a medal event. The team was picked after eight days of competition in the National Esports Championship.
Rocket League: Hargun Singh (C), Nirjhar Mitra, and Rushil Reddy Yarram
Dota 2: Moin Ejaz (C), Ketan Goyal, Abhishek Yadav, Shubham Goli, and Vishal Vernekar