French esport organization Team Vitality teased its plans to expand into India Monday, almost a year after hinting at the possibility of such a move. The organization raised $15.7M USD in November 2019 from Indian investor Tej Kohli’s gaming fund, Rewired.GG. This was the second fundraise via Rewired after an initial $22.7M in November 2018, which allowed Vitality the capital to enter the LEC. One of the key takeaways from the second round was Vitality’s plans to expand into China and India.
Since the fundraise, the organization has penned multiple partnerships with brands such as Orange, Corsair, RhinoShield, Newzoo, and AFFLELOU. Vitality also opened a new training center at the Stade de France in partnership with existing partner Renault in October. This is in addition to an existing facility that the organization launched during its second fundraise announcement called the V.Hive. The facility includes a public-facing HQ, bootcamp, office complex, and merchandise shop.
While many touted Vitality as one of the foreign organizations to enter the Indian PUBG Mobile space, the organization did not make any such announcement. Now with the game being banned in the region since early September, India’s esport industry is in a transitional phase with all stakeholders looking at temporary solutions and/or long-term alternatives in order to harvest their investments. Vitality’s entry at a time like this is certainly going to make some noise as the community and industry are actively searching for a new direction. For now, the organization has revealed little in terms of a concrete plan, and only teased its entry into India, via regional social media handles.
Shounak Sengupta is a staff writer for AFK Gaming.
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