After two successful editions in the last two years, Taiwan Excellence in India has announced the third stint of their gaming tournament – the Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup (TEGC). The worldwide championship that has a good fan-following across the globe is coming back this year on a much larger stage. This year, four more cities have been added to its itinerary and the TEGC will now be hosting elimination rounds in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, in addition to Mumbai and Delhi. The tournament will challenge DOTA 2 gamers to battle for the revered cup and winners will take home a cumulative cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. The tournament is divided into two rounds for each city – Eliminations and a Grand Finale – with the former being conducted from select offline venues as per a pre-set schedule. The Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup is a venture by the Taiwan Excellence – an initiative of Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA and executed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). To participate in the contest, enthusiasts can register on their official website. However, it should be noted that registering online does not mean a team slot is confirmed. Participants will have to be present with their teams at the venue between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm on the first and second day of the event to get a registered slot confirmed. Registrations will close on the second day of the event, once the slots are full. Speaking about the TEGC, Taipei World Trade Centre Liaison Office in Mumbai, director, Michael Lin said, “We have had an incredible response for the TEGC in the past two years. Gamers from across the country have converged on this one platform to display their skills and it has been an action-packed gaming carnival. This year, we are bringing out a bigger edition of the event. There is a lot more in store for enthusiastic gamers from significant cash prizes to a championship title to some other amazing goodies. I hope the teams are ready to battle it out with their dynamic strategies.” Just like last year, this year too, TEGC has attracted several new brands as sponsors including Acer, Adata, Asus, D-Link, Genius, Gigabyte, InWin, MSI, Optoma, Thermaltex, Transcend, and Zyxel. There will be a hi-tech exhibit of some of the latest products from Taiwan Excellence, including gaming laptops and gaming peripherals during the Grand Finale. It’s the best chance to experience Taiwanese gaming technology. The gala challenge will see games like DOTA 2 (Steam version), Competition method: 5 versus 5 (team play, 5 players per team); and Game Mode: Captains Mode (CM) being played. This year, elimination rounds will be held first in Delhi between 29 July and 31 July followed by Hyderabad between 5 August and 7 August. The Mumbai ones will be held between 12 August and 14 August, Bengaluru between 19 August and 21 August, Chennai between 26 August and 28 August, and Kolkata between 2 September and 4 September. After the eliminations, 12 teams will qualify from the six locations to play in the Grand Finale that will also be streamed live on Twitch TV. The Grand Finale will be held on 16 and 17 September in Mumbai and will be a two-day long ‘League of Excellence’ festival open to all interested audiences at a central venue. The event will be streamlined live on Twitch TV. The prize money too is bigger this year with a total cash prize of Rs 5 lakh to be won. All 12 teams qualifying for the finale will win guaranteed cash prizes. The winning team will take home a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh. The team winning the second spot will get a cash prize of Rs 80,000, while those winning the third and fourth spots will take home Rs 40,000 each. The fifth and the sixth spot winners will take home Rs 25,000 each. The seventh and eighth spot winners will take home Rs 20,000 each and the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth spot winners will take home Rs 12,500 each.