Indian esports champions, Abhinav Tejan and Ibrahim Gulrez, are all set to carry the national banner and vie for glory at the highly anticipated 15th World Esports Championships (WEC) to be held in Iasi, Romania from August 26. These two formidable players are poised to leave their mark on the global esports stage, with Tejan competing in Tekken 7 and Gulrez battling it out in eFootball 2023, both aiming to claim a share of the impressive $500,000 (INR 4.12 crore) prize pool.
Representing the nation for an unprecedented sixth time at this prestigious tournament, Abhinav Tejan embarks on his campaign against Turkmenistan, Egypt, and Colombia on the opening day of the group stages. A seasoned athlete, Tejan secured victory in this year’s India Premiership 2023 and previously emerged victorious in the South Asia Regional Finals of the Tekken World Tour. His upcoming challenges include facing off against Bulgaria and Turkey on the second day, with the Tekken 7 group stage matches set to unfold in an intense best-of-3 format.
Reflecting on his extensive preparations and aspirations for the tournament, Abhinav Tejan shared, “It’s a profound honor to represent India at the World Esports Championships. My focus has been on meticulously studying my opponents, dissecting their gameplay strategies, and formulating effective counters. The competition’s intensity is formidable, and I’m acutely aware of the responsibility that comes with representing my country. My goal is to not only secure a medal but also to showcase the exceptional potential of Indian Esports on the global stage.”
In a remarkable debut at the tournament, Ibrahim Gulrez, a burgeoning star in eFootball, is determined to make his mark. Gulrez faces off against Kazakhstan, Portugal, and Mali on the opening day, followed by challenges against Uruguay and Belgium on the subsequent day. The eFootball 2023 group stage encounters will unfold in a dynamic best-of-2 series format.
Ibrahim Gulrez enthusiastically expressed his excitement, saying, “This is a dream realized for me. Countless hours of relentless effort have gone into honing my skills, and the opportunity to demonstrate them at the World Esports Championships is surreal. I extend heartfelt gratitude to ESFI for their unwavering support and for affording me the privilege to represent my country. I’m focused on achieving mental and physical readiness to confront some of the world’s most exceptional players and to give my all to secure victory.”
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Both Abhinav Tejan and Ibrahim Gulrez earned their coveted slots at the 15th WEC by triumphing in the National Esports Championships (NESC) 2023, a remarkable feat considering they started their journey from the loser’s bracket earlier this year.
Lauding their outstanding journey, Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director of the Esports Federation of India and vice president of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), stated, “Abhinav Tejan and Ibrahim Gulrez exemplify the spirit of champions through their unwavering determination and top-notch gameplay. Their remarkable journey reflects the abundant talent and tenacity prevalent within India’s esports community. We firmly believe that they possess the prowess to make India proud on the global stage, and we extend our heartfelt best wishes to them as they chase success.”
The 15th World Esports Championships is poised to be a monumental edition, with participation from at least 130 countries across an array of titles including eFootball, DOTA 2, Tekken 7, Mobile Legends, PUBG: Mobile, and CS:GO. Notably, India’s prominent sports and esports communication agency, Artsmith-Concepts & Visions, continues to stand by the Esports Federation of India as its official communication partner.
In what promises to be a thrilling showdown, the world will witness Abhinav Tejan and Ibrahim Gulrez carry the Indian flag and showcase their mastery, skill, and spirit at the 15th World Esports Championships. Their journey stands as a testament to the growing prowess of India in the global esports arena.
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