Team GE.Rayne secures second spot in Lenovo Legion of Valkyrie held in Thailand
With the aim of furthering and encouraging women in esports, Global Esports, India’s leading and Asia’s fastest growing premier esports organisation recently announced the launch of GE.Rayne, it’s all female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) division. Helmed by the talented Saloni ‘Meow16k’ Pawar as the captain of the team, GE.Rayne participated in the recently concluded Lenovo Legion of Valkyrie 2019 held in Thailand. With a stupendous performance at play, the team secured the second position at the coveted competition and won prize money of USD 3000.
GE.Rayne is India’s best competitive women’s CS:GO team which was formed in November 2019, with an aim of participating in female CS:GO events all over the world. The idea was to dispel the stereotype that the Esports scene is a male dominated niche industry.
GE.Rayne line-up for Lenovo Legion of Valkyrie was as under:
· Saloni ‘Meow16k’ Pawar – Mumbai
· Dilraj ‘COCO’ Kaur – Mumbai
· Neha ‘CaspeRR’ Sottany – Mumbai
· Mansi ‘Matka QueeN’ Sottany – Mumbai
· Pannakarn ‘Angelica’ Udomyart (Stand-in)
· Saharyar ‘Badman’ Shaikh (Coach)
· Vatsal Uniyal (Manager)
Within a few weeks of the team’s formation, their first appearance as team was in the online qualifier round for the Lenovo Legion of Valkyries CS:GO tournament. With their determination and skill, the girls passed the test with flying colours and qualified for the main event in Thailand. Their first challenge was against Team Mako Female from Australia. GE.Rayne won the contest with a 2-0 victory against them.
After this dominating performance, the team went on to face Illuminate Esports in the grand final of the event. The team tried their best, but team Illuminate came through stronger. GE.Rayne gave Team Illuminate from Thailand a tough fight but eventually lost leaving India finishing in the 2nd place.
Expressing their achievement Saloni ‘Meow16k’ Pawar, Captain of GE.Rayne expressed, “It’s a very proud moment for team GE.Rayne as we are the 1st runner up of Lenovo Legion Valkyries 2019. It was a great experience and we performed beyond our expectations with a last moment changed line-up. My team and I take this opportunity to thank our parents who have let us pursue our passion and seize this opportunity to build a career in esports. We’re also extremely thankful to Global Esports who have constantly encouraged us and guided us throughout to achieve this high point as gamers.”
This is the best placement for an Indian CS:GO team (both male and female) in an international CS:GO tournament ever. This is a massive accomplishment and Global Esports couldn’t be more proud of the girls.
Dr. Rushindra Sinha, CEO & Co-Founder and Mohit Israney, MD & Co-Founder of Global Esports said,”We are extremely elated with team GE.Rayne’s achievement, though they did not win the tournament but securing a second position at a large scale International platform is very commendable. This is just a beginning for the team and we are sure that with their hard work the team will go on to win different tournaments and make the country proud.”
About Global Esports:
Founded by Dr. Rushindra Sinha and Mohit Israney, Global Esports is Asia’s fastest growing Esports organization featuring 12 teams across the globe across 9 different gaming titles. GE was recently in their news to be the first Indian esports organization to have raised funding.
Having been closely involved in the Esports ecosystem closely in Asia for the last two years – Global Esports has created two fully equipped training facilities based out of Seoul (South Korea) and Mumbai (India) and are home to some of the biggest Esports talent to have been produced from Asia.
Global Esports (GE) owns teams, creates content, organizes tournaments and hosts events online and offline and sells merchandise. With more than 100 people including teams, managers, coaches, support staff and the management team GE has 2 training facilities and bootcamps, one in Seoul, South Korea and the other in Mumbai, India. GE has been rapidly expanding its infrastructure and industry presence.
A strong presence in the Asian Esports market serves as strength for GE as it is home to over 50% Esports players out of 2.5 billion across the globe and 51% of the 500 million global Esports audience. In under a year of inception, the company has 12 Esports teams spread across 9 game titles with players from over 12 countries. They own and manage pro tier teams in games like Fortnite, Overwatch, CS:GO, Dota 2, Pubg, Pubg Mobile, Rainbow Six Siege, Apex Legends, League of Legends etc. With their newly launched Streamer Program, GE is expanding their reach to gamers around the globe with content as their base.