Bengaluru-based The Esports Club today announced a first of its kind event called TEC Gauntlet, which is set to be South Asia’s largest Valorant event with a prize pool of Rs 52 lakhs.
This unique format of the TEC Gauntlet will be spread over 4 seasons. Each season is further split into a regular season followed by a playoff featuring the top teams who will compete for the championship. After every season, new teams will have an opportunity to join the league via independent qualifiers with their own prize money. With the TEC Gauntlet, The Esports Club will provide a long-term roadmap for Valorant esports in the region, while continuing to create additional opportunities for players and teams around the event.
The TEC Gauntlet powered by WD BLACK and AMD Ryzen is set to run from June 2021 till January 2022. The registration for qualifiers are now open on The Esports Club website.
In addition to the main competitive event, the TEC Gauntlet will also feature special All Star Tournaments during the mid-season break to spice up the action with its own prize pool. The TEC Gauntlet will also award outstanding individual players each season through their exciting partnership with WD BLACK for Tournament MVP and Rookie of the Season.
Ishaan Arya, Co-founder, The Esports Club, said, “The TEC Gauntlet truly is the crown jewel for us at The Esports Club. We’ve been working hard over the past year running some of the largest Valorant events in the region, understanding what the players and fans are looking for and of course coming up with a great competitive format that enables us to create something that is truly exciting without a dull moment.”
Jaganathan Chelliah, Director Marketing India, Western Digital, said, “We at Western Digital, are deeply focused and connected with the gaming community. Our innovative WD BLACK portfolio is built ground up for gamers and offers them lightning-fast speed. We are excited to work with The Esports Club on the TEC Gauntlet and to provide gamers with an amazing opportunity to kick start their esports careers.”
“As we build both high performance Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs – the quintessential building blocks for the ultimate gaming experience, the esports industry is a significant part of our ecosystems,” said Mukesh Bajpai, Marketing Head – India, AMD. “Our strong ties with OEM partners, game developers and the esports community has enabled us to elevate and deliver immersive experiences. The TEC Gauntlet is a fantastic platform to strengthen our connection with the gaming community in the region as esports gains significant momentum in India,” he said.