Hello poker fans! Today we have some truly exciting poker news India for you all. The ever popular Global Player League (GPL) is coming to India thanks to the combined efforts of Mediarex Sports & Entertainment and Kwan Entertainment. Founded by Alex Dreyfus, Mediarex Sports & Entertainment is dedicated to ‘sportify poker’ and promote it as a game of skill.
The Global Player League is all geared up to enter the Indian poker market and it is going to debut with 6 city-based teams. The introductory teams for the inaugural season are –
The team captains were selected based on their achievements and their rankings on the Global Poker Index (GPI). Nipun Java, the two-time WSOP bracelet winner, was also appointed as the International Ambassador of GPL.
In the official release, Dreyfus stated “Catering to India’s 263 million active gamers, Kwan & Mediarex are committed to making GPL India a platform that is capable of connecting the nation’s e-sports and poker lovers to the rest of the world, and ensuring inclusion for Indian audiences as the global gaming market continues to boom.” Dreyfus added, “For us, creating a fused sports, e-sports and gaming entertainment platform in India is a singular priority. We want to keep up with the country’s appetite for this type of entertainment & serve this audience’s needs. Developing GPL here in partnership with Kwan is a great way to do so.”
In case you are wondering, Kwan Entertainment is among the biggest talent management agencies in the country with clients like Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Tiger Shroff, Sonam Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shraddha Kapoor, Dinesh Karthik, Sania Mirza, Mumbai City Football Club (FC) and many more.
Kwan Entertainment’s Managing Partner Indranil Das Blah was equally excited about the development. He said “The Indian market is going digital at an astonishingly rapid pace and e-sports is not far behind. This is a great idea with a lot of potential and we’re excited to see how it develops through this partnership.”
In a social media post Dreyfus further wrote “Excited to announce our multi-year strategic partnership with the largest talent agency in India and a leading entertainment company to develop with us GPL. Our venture will include poker and esports and aim to become a local and global sports digital platform. (FYI: Kwan is like CAA & WME-IMG in India) #CompeteGloballyPlayLocally”
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