Speaking about the aim of this event, Mr. Abhijit Pattanaik, co-founder of Playtonia said that, “This initiative by Playtonia is aimed at developing the esports industry on whole rather than focusing on the competitive sector. In past five years, the gaming community has seen a lot of growth and this has been due to the active participation of gamers and quality events. Our focus is to develop more and more opportunities for gamers and making India a global leader in esports.”
The official game titles for the tournament are Counter-Strike : Global Offensive, Dota 2, FIFA 17, Just Dance and a cosplay competition.
The major event is divided into two seasons and which are furthermore branched into offline and online tournaments to pick up the best teams in the country.
ONLINE SEASON 1&2
The Online Seasons will feature teams battling out in a knockout format tournament. They will be playing for a prize pool of Rs. 50,000 for each game i.e. DotA 2 and CS:GO in a total of two seasons.
The prizes for each season are as follows :
- Winner : INR 25,000 + travel and accomodation expenses for the main event
- Runner Up : INR 15,000 + travel and accomodation expenses for the main event
- Third Place : INR 10,000
LOUNGE WARZ SEASON 1&2
This event caters primarily to café players. Teams will battle out against other local café based teams in a bid to emerge victorious in their city. Lounge Warz will be held in most major cities in India i.e. Delhi, Cuttack, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai at specific partnered cafes. The winner from each cafe will receive Rs. 6000 and will qualify for an intercity online tournament while the runners-up will receive a cash prize of Rs. 4000. The winners of each city will then compete in an intercity tournament and a total of 8 teams (4 teams of CS GO and DOTA 2 each) will qualify and will get free transport and accommodation for the main event.
Locations for Lounge Warz Season 1 are as follows :
- Delhi - Havoc Nation
- Cuttack - AR Gaming Asylum
- Bengaluru - Blitz Gaming
- Pune - Intensity Gaming
Locations for Lounge Warz Season 2 are as follows :
- Mumbai - TBA
- Kolkata - TBA
- Hyderabad - TBA
- Chennai - TBA
FIFA 17 will also be played at these events and a total of 8 winners will get qualified for the main event.
The main event will take place in Bengaluru. Held over 4 days, it will be a perfect way for gamers to enjoy the weekend and watch some fantastic performances played out by the best teams in the country. This mega event will be held in two phases. In the first phase, the qualified teams and players will compete against each other in a double elimination based qualifier to reach the top three positions in both DotA and CS:GO in the Cafe. After the first phase concludes, the second phase will start from the next day and will be held on a grand stage in Bengaluru. The three qualified teams will play for a prize pool 10 lakhs. There will be a huge number of giveaways and contests and audience have a chance to win prizes from a prize pool of Rs. 3.8 lakhs. Cosplay tournament will also be held at this grand event and contestants will show off their costumes for a prize pool of Rs. 50,000. To even hype up the crowd, Just Dance competitions will be held and cash prizes of Rs. 20,000 will be up for grabs.
SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION
The registrations will be done through the Playtonia site for both Online Season 1&2. Lounge Warz participants can register at the local partnered cafes or through the Playtonia site. For the schedule details, please refer to the following image.