The first regional Telekom eSport Championship, which was launched by Hrvatski Telekom, together with Crnogorski and Makedonski Telekom among gaming enthusiasts from Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and from the entire region, had its grand finale this weekend. 1,366 players participated in the months-long competition and demonstrated their knowledge and skills by competing through the qualification, league, and playoff stages. After more than 220 hours of streams on Telekom eSports Twitch channels, the best qualified for the grand finale.
Six finalists competed in three games, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, and FIFA22. The winners are Teo Radman (FIFA22), last year's winner of Hrvatski Telekom e-League, 0to100 (CS:GO), and Seikoopaths (Rocket League).
Hrvatski Telekom gave a completely new dimension to the regional gaming industry since the competition was not intended for entertainment only. The goal was also to educate, promote equality, combat hate speech, and self-care. The Telekom eSport Championship included various activities that encouraged new skills among competitors and spectators, such as educational videos of the ambassadors - Malajski Tapir, MarkoKC, and Lobanjica, TikToker Filip Ščrbak, who held stretching exercises during breaks from streams, and female competitors from Ultimate Gamer, content creators who talked about important topics such as "girls in gaming" and "eSports as a profession".
"The Telekom eSports Championship, in addition to being a top show, showed that eSports is not just a game, but a community that connects, brings people together, and knows no physical boundaries. This was also confirmed by the survey we conducted among esports enthusiasts during the competition. The regional survey has shown that video games develop strategic thinking, and creativity, and improve literacy. We are glad that our more than 1,300 participants and numerous viewers who followed everything online learned a lot through this competition. We will continue to follow trends in esports and develop esports competitions with even more new experiences, excitement, and knowledge for the competitors themselves and for the viewers," points out Branka Bajt, Hrvatski Telekom's brand director.
This year's prize fund was 21,800.00 Euros and was divided among the four best placed teams in each category - the four best placed in the Counter Strike game: Global Offensive won a total of 15,000.00 Euros, in Rocket League 4,400.00 Euros, and in FIFA22 2,400.00 Euros.
The project was created with the support of partners Samsung and Progame, and all additional information and footage of the Telekom eSports Championship can be found on esports.telekom.com and the Telekom eSports YouTube channel.