In the largest ever on-line PC multiplayer gaming event in the country, Reliance Infocomm has recently conducted a pan-India championship which has witnessed the participation of over 14,500 participants from across 104 cities at the Reliance WebWorlds.
The battle of wits for the Reliance-Intel Gamebox National Championship has been fought across 230 Reliance WebWorlds in these cities and the grand finale was held in Mumbai. In all 38 contestants from 11 cities made their way to the finals.
“This has easily been the largest ever gaming event in the country so far and it demonstrates the fact that online intelligent PC games are is becoming increasingly popular among the next generation. Reliance WebWorld is happy to bring, through its high-speed broadband centres, to the emerging gaming enthusiasts the latest games as they are developed in technologically advanced countries like the US and Korea,” said Sarup Chowdhary, CEO, Reliance WebWorld.
Nickunj Bansal, a 14-year schoolboy from Chennai, who represented India for Halo championship in the US last year won the WARCRAFT III: FROZEN THRONE whereas and Bangalore-based Ashwin Warrier won the UNREAL TORUNAMENT 2004. The five-member team “Clan MA” comprising Jenil, Rahul, Nikhil, Ranjit and Akshay from Mumbai emerged the winner of CONUTER STRIKE: CONDITION ZERO. Mayuresh Waman and Sat Mayekar from Mumbai won FIFA 2004 and NEED FOR SPEED respectively. All the nine national winners won TVS Victor mobikes thanks to TVS who were the prize sponsors.
Sunil Buch, Head Marketing at Reliance WebWorld, said: “Reliance WebWorlds will remain at the forefront of more such tourneys with support from like-minded partners such as Intel and TVS. Our next frontier is to broadbase the gaming genre to include women, corporates and also establish the amateur and pro leagues to make India the most exciting gaming hub”
Reliance WebWorld, a world-class nationwide chain of outlets, is the retail face of Reliance Infocomm. Each WebWorld store has three sections: Customer Convenience Centre, a JAVAGREEN gourmet coffee bar, and Broadband Centre (BBC). Reliance Infocomm has facilities like web chat and video conferencing, multiplayer online gaming, Digital Electronic News Gathering (DENG), digital photo imaging, virtual office and high-speed Internet surfing – about 100 times faster than a dial-up connection – at its BBCs.
Reliance Infocomm Ltd., a Reliance group company, is India’s largest private telecom service provider with a subscriber base of over 11 million. Reliance Infocomm has established a pan-India, high-capacity, integrated (wireless and wireline) and convergent (voice, data and video) digital network to offer services spanning the entire Infocomm value chain – infrastructure, services for enterprises and individuals, applications and consulting. The Reliance Group, founded by Shri Dhirubhai H. Ambani (1932-2002), is India’s largest business house with total revenues of over Rs 99,000 crore (US$ 22.6 billion), cash profit of Rs 12,500 crore (US$ 2.8 billion), net profit of Rs 6,200 crore (US$ 1.4 billion) and exports of Rs 15,900 crore (US$ 3.6 billion).