The Poker Sports League (PSL) is going to be held online for its third season after the pandemic disrupted original plans The owner of the PSL, Amit Burman, told The Economic Times that the company has had a practice period where they hosted a virtual charity event as well. He said,
“With our charity event last month, we have tested out the production capabilities. While we have already hosted two seasons of PSL, this time, it will allow us to engage the viewers and keep the excitement high over a longer duration by hosting it online.”
The offline qualifiers were rightfully cancelled back in March and the online qualifiers are now running till 22nd November, with 80 players to be selected and drafted into 10 teams in December. Team owners will then have a month to prepare their teams with a boot camp planned for the first week of January.
Pranav Bagai, CEO and co-founder of Mind Sports League said,
“In terms of production, we are the only company in the country which has done a live stream of poker. It’s very difficult to have all the players and record their audio in a single frame. What we tried to attempt with the charity event has not been done in the world. But it got us a lot many views even from people who were not poker enthusiasts. Now with the proof of the concept, we will have the PSL spread over two months.”
Being online is going to make the PSL feel very different this year. Also, 4 teams have not decided to continue because of the league being online! PSL Season 3 will have a total prize pool of Rs. 1.8 Crores – Season 3 was originally announced with Rs. 4 Crores in prize money. The company is in talks with Reliance Jio and MX Player for streaming rights and with various sponsors. DSport broadcasted Season 2.