Bengaluru-based EWar Games is currently hosting a new form of esports tournament for Garena Free Fire players across India. The new ‘Free Fire Premier League’ tournament is an IPL-like tournament for Free Fire teams. EWar is witnessing the participation of several thousand Free Fire players in six states of India, including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, Telangana and West Bengal.
The first season of Free Fire Premier League will run for a period of 15 days from March 5 to March 15, 2021. The tournament also offers prizes of up to Rs 1 lakh for the winning team, while the first and second Finalists will be awarded Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively. There is also an award for the best underdog team worth Rs 10,000.
How EWar Free Fire Premier League (FPL) works
Around 9 games will be played daily during the tournament’s first season, which will follow a league-based ranking system rather than a knockout system. The League will also progress through a series of consecutive stages. These include 45 qualifying matches with 540 teams, 18 quarter-final matches with 90 teams, and 16 semi-final matches with 24 teams.
Prior to the semi-final and final phase of the tournament, six franchise / state owners will participate in a virtual wallet-based auction to bid on the 12 best ‘guest teams’ of the tournament. Here, each owner will buy two teams.
After the bidding process, these teams will be assigned to their respective state and will enter the tournament to play against the qualified ‘underdog teams’ from the previous stages. The team’s owners include Nimish Raut, owner of Fnatic India Head & Delhi and Rushindra Sinha, founder of Global Esports & owner of Maharashtra.
Among some of the notable ‘guest’ teams that have confirmed their participation in the current FPL season are: Total Gaming, TSG, Lokesh Gamer, Nonstop Gaming, Nayeem Aalam, Villian Gaming, Techno Banda, Enigma Gaming and Jigs Official.