MPL announces College Premier League, a college esports festival

Mobile Premier League, has announced the launch of College Premier League (CPL), a college mobile gaming festival for students. As a part of this initiative, students will actively compete to win scholarships and cash prizes both at an individual level as well as at the institutional level, with a total value of one crore rupees. CPL is completely free for college students to participate in and has no entry fee.  

Over the duration of the College Premier League, which begins on 27 November, students from across the country will contend for top honours across a wide range of mobile games such as World Cricket Championship, Chess, Pool and Rogue Heist. The games were carefully chosen based on their interest and popularity among the students, as well as those that appeal to both regular and casual gamers. Competing colleges will be awarded points on the basis of their performance, which will see them through intra-college, regional, zonal, and national rounds. The finalists will get to livestream their games along with influencers such as comedian Tanmay Bhat on MPL’s social media channels potentially reaching an audience of over two million.

In a country with approximately 300 million gamers, India is one of the top five global gaming markets, making it rife with opportunities to build an esports ecosystem at the collegiate level. Furthermore, through the College Premier League, MPL aims to identify and nurture budding esports talents in India.

Commenting on the launch of the College Premier League, MPL co-founder and CEO Sai Srinivas said, “Over the last few months, we have seen a tremendous boost in online gaming. Not just as a means of keeping audiences entertained, but also as a viable career option. The industry is growing at a fast pace with several options being created for players to go pro, supported by developers, marketing professionals, and more. Through the College Premier League, we are hopeful of creating awareness about these opportunities and their potential.”

College Premier League is also a part of MPL’s growth programmes to reach a cross-section of users, following their successful associations with Indian and international professional sports leagues.