ESL One Mumbai Reportedly Paid College Students to Fill Up Seats ESL One Mumbai is one amongst India's biggest e-sports tournaments in recent memory. Not only did it have a Rs. 2 crore prize pool and a list of international Dota two groups competing, it ought to ideally mark a turning purpose in how Republic of India is viewed as a spectator marketplace for e-sports, significantly Dota two, that is seen to possess a fanatic, vocal fan base.

ESL One Mumbai is one amongst India's biggest e-sports tournaments in recent memory. Not only did it have a Rs. 2 crore prize pool and a list of international Dota two groups competing, it ought to ideally mark a turning purpose in how Republic of India is viewed as a spectator marketplace for e-sports, significantly Dota two, that is seen to possess a fanatic, vocal fan base. but it seems that the event could also be sullied amidst allegations of faculty students being paid to attend and top off seats to bolster attending figures.

Over the weekend, reports emerged on social media that ESL One's Mumbai turnout wasn't as anticipated, leading to its organisers to resort to conveyance in an audience by paying them Rs. 100 each to be a part of it.

According to those attending, there is a currently defunct Google survey that was used to collate student details so as to distribute tickets. moreover, there was a WhatsApp cluster that was used to gather potential attendees in addition.

A report from Esports Portal, which was removed hours after publication prompt that Nodwin, the event's organiser was attentive to this, tho' the firm denied the same.

"If we were paying folks to attend ESL one, then my ranks would have been full. you'll be able to watch the tournament and ranks weren't even remotely full," said Nodwin COO Gautam Virk to Esports Portal. "No such issue happened. nobody was let in by ESL employees by giving cash."


Multiple sources talking to us on the condition of obscurity have confirmed that the company was so cognizant of this, going as far as to say that this was also done throughout Dreamhack Mumbai.

"This happens more typically than you think that," says one e-sports advisor to Trainerstech. "And with Nazara's approaching IPO [Nodwin's parent company], they need to confirm there is only good news going out."

While some e-sports organisers claim that such tactics are honest play, it's attention-grabbing to ascertain one of them being set bare in such a fashion. more therefore once you consider what is at stake.

Several ESL One Mumbai event sponsors weren't too happy with the turnout either, going as way on describe it as unsatisfying. actually the term might fine total up the state of affairs of e-sports of late. From cheating scandals laced in conflict of interest to barefaced piracy, there doesn't appear to be a boring moment, tho' what quantity of this really helps move the games business forward tho', is another question entirely.
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