In a thrilling showcase of talent and determination, Asian Games Street Fighter athlete Mayank Prajapati and eFootball star Hemanth Kommu emerged as the champions in the National Esports Championships (NESC) 2023. Mayank, who is gearing up to represent India at the Asian Games 2022, where esports will debut as an official medal sport, had an impressive victory in the Street Fighter 6 qualifiers. Meanwhile, Hemanth Kommu, an IIT alumnus, clinched the title in the eFootball 2023 qualifiers, marking a significant step towards representing India on the global stage.
Mayank Prajapati, a seasoned Street Fighter veteran, demonstrated his prowess in the Street Fighter 6 qualifiers. Competing against a field of 14 talented athletes, including India's other Street Fighter representative for the Asian Games 2022, Ayan Biswas, Mayank secured victory by defeating Prateek Singh Bhaunt with a score of 3-1 in the final match.
Reflecting on his remarkable victory, Mayank expressed his excitement, "I am thrilled to emerge victorious in the NESC 2023. Since the launch of Street Fighter 6, the game's ecosystem has been steadily growing in the country, and I hope it follows the same trajectory to flourish in the coming years." Mayank attributed his success to rigorous practice, strategy development with different characters, and the unwavering support of the Indian Fighting Gaming community.
Hemanth Kommu, known for his excellence in eFootball, claimed the champion's title in the eFootball 2023 qualifiers. This intense competition featured 18 athletes, including India's representative at the 15th World Esports Championships, Ibrahim Gulrez. Hemanth's path to victory involved overpowering Emaad Jameel Ahmed in both Grand Final 1 and Grand Final 2, with an identical scoreline of 2-1.
"Securing victory in the eFootball qualifiers is truly a remarkable feeling," Hemanth exclaimed. "Through consistent practice and working on my strategies, I have been able to topple some of the notable names from the title and move one step closer to representing India at the global finals in Riyadh."
Both Mayank Prajapati and Hemanth Kommu are no strangers to the Global Esports Games, having represented India at the tournament last year. The anticipation for their participation in the upcoming Global Esports Games 2023 (GEG23) is growing. This prestigious event is scheduled to take place from December 11 to 16 and will feature four major titles: DOTA 2, Street Fighter, eFootball 2023, and PUBG Mobile, with all participants being above the minimum age of 18 to ensure a fair and competitive environment.
India will be participating in three of the four titles in the Open category – DOTA 2, eFootball 2023, and Street Fighter 6. The regional qualifiers roadmap for these athletes will be revealed by the Global Esports Federation soon.
Mayank Prajapati and Hemanth Kommu's triumph in the NESC qualifiers not only showcases their exceptional gaming skills but also paves the way for India's representation on the global esports stage. As they prepare to face the world's best in the Global Esports Games 2023, the Indian esports community can rally behind these champions, hoping for more moments of glory on the international stage. Esports enthusiasts and supporters eagerly await their journey to bring home medals and honor to the nation.
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