HP India has announced a new esports scholarship in the country. Called the ‘esports Gold Quest’, the scholarship was announced at the OMEN FanFest 2020 event. The company says that the scholarship aims to provide gamers with the necessary financial support, equipment, skills, and exposure to help players in their quest to compete on the global stage.
HP will select three applicants to be a part of the esports Gold Quest scholarship. All three will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 12 lakhs. This will also include a full esports kit from OMEN, a monthly salary of Rs 50K, and an international training stint.
Highlights of the scholarship
· The scholarship offers a full esports kit, salary, expert mentoring and international exposure
· Opportunity to interact with India’s leading esports athletes, pioneers and entertainers and a chance to learn from their inspiring stories
· The opportunity to become the fifth member of the HP OMEN Squad
· Gamers stand a chance to win the OMEN crib - a gaming setup designed for an ultimate gameplay experience, available on Flipkart
The scholarship is open to all Indian applicants in the 16 to 20-year age group. The talent hunt program will roll out in January 2021 with final selections in June 2021.
Ketan Patel, Managing Director, HP India Market stated, “Gaming and esports are among the fastest-growing competitive pursuits in India and globally. It is a stage on which Indian talent has the potential to compete with the best in the globe. As a market leader, we are working towards making the gaming ecosystem more inclusive for everyone, fueling the passion for gaming, and providing a launchpad for budding esports talent in the country. The scholarship program announced today is in line with our philosophy of ‘Play to Progress’ and we hope to see champions at the world stage from India soon.”
Prashant Jain, CMO, HP India Market said, “The Omen fanfest brought together international gaming enthusiasts from several genres on a common stage to celebrate PC gaming. This never before event generated keen interest among the Indian gaming audience. We are seeing great excitement around the Esports Gold Quest scholarship program which we announced during the fanfest. Indian gaming talent needs the right set of tools and guidance to compete at the international level and they are eagerly looking forward to the details to be announced in February’21. We hope that initiatives like these will provide an opportunity for young Indian gamers to fulfill their dream of making a mark in international gaming arena and bring home the Gold for India.”
Besides this, the OMEN FanFest also saw a bunch of notable names from the world of esports and entertainment. This included Tirth Mehta, India’s first esports medalist, Ulrich Schulze, SVP, Product Management at ESL, Akshat Rathee, MD & Founder, NODWIN gaming, Abish Mathew, Standup Comic, and more. There was also a contest that offered participants a chance to become a fifth member of the HP OMEN Squad. You can learn more about the OMEN FanFest here.
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