India’s First All-Female CSGO Squad to Participate in World Esports Championship Asian Qualifiers

The Indian female CSGO squad unit will compete to qualify for the WEC 2023 in Riyadh.

  • Team Top-G, the first all-female CSGO team to represent India on the international stage for the first time in the Asian qualifiers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • The team will battle it out among other nations to secure a spot at 15 WEC 2023.
  • 15 WEC 2023 ($500,000 USD Prize Pool) is the biggest tournament ever with 130 nations participating across six various esports titles.

With the 15th World Esports Championships (WEC) swiftly approaching, qualified teams from all around the world are preparing to compete in the event. India’s all-female CSGO team is set to make its international debut, aiming to secure a spot in the 15th World Esports Championships (WEC) by competing against notable teams from the continent at the 15th WEC Asian qualifiers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 15 to 17 July.

With outstanding performances, Tekken athlete Abhinav Tejan and eFootball pro-Ibrahim Gulrez won the finals of the National Esports Championships (NESC) 2023 organised by the Esports Federation of India (ESFI) and secured their places in the global finals of the 15th World Esports Championships (WEC). 

The CSGO squad secured their ticket in the Asian Qualifiers by winning the National Esports Championships (NESC) 2023, which was organised by the Esports Federation of India (ESFI) earlier this year.

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Team Top-G, an Indian female CSGO Makes History by Qualifying for 15 WEC 2023

The players who will be representing India in the Asian qualifiers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, are:

  • Swayambika Sachar (Sway)
  • Shagufta Iqbal (xyaa)
  • Nidhi Salekar (Stormyyy)
  • Dilraj Kaur Matharu (COCO)
  • Aastha Nangia (CrackShot)
  • Priyanka Choudhary (ALEXAA) 

Sway will lead the charge, alongside Sabyasachi “Antidote” Bose, the team’s coach

The 15th World Esports Championship will be held in Romania. The team will compete in group-stage matches against Kyrgyzstan and Saudi Arabia on the first day, followed by matches against Hong Kong China and Australia on the second day. 

The group stage matches will be played in a best-of-one format, while the semifinals and grand finals will be played in a best-of-three. The top two teams among the five qualified teams will advance to the 15th World Equestrian Championship, and the champions will walk away with $7000 in prize money. Second and third-place teams will get $3,500 and $2,000, respectively.

Despite their best efforts, the Indian DOTA 2 squad was eliminated from the Asian qualifications after losses against Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, and the Philippines. Meanwhile, the nation’s male CSGO squad began their qualifiers on Thursday.

The participation of India’s all-female CS: GO squad in the Asian qualifications for the 15th World Esports Championship signifies a watershed moment in Indian esports. As these exceptional gamers work to qualify, they not only represent their nation but also encourage other women to follow their aspirations in the gaming and esports industries.

The 15th edition of World Esports Champions has a big prize pool of $500,000 (INR 4.12 crore) and is anticipated to be the largest ever, with participation from at least 130 nations across multiple esports titles such as eFootball, DOTA 2, Tekken 7, Mobile Legends, PUBG: Mobile, and CS: GO.

The matches will be streamed live on the IESF’s official YouTube channel.

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