A Brief Introduction about Esports
Back in the late 80’s or early 90’s if a kid expressed interest to his parents about pursuing a career in Esports, then it would be something their parents would not consider, seriously.
But today a career in Esports is not something you can pass a blind eye on if you have the potential and talent to make it big in the gaming industry.
Esports is the world of competitive video gaming, where Professional video games compete against each other in Esports tournaments.
The number of kids in India, who are keen on making a career in Esports is phenomenal and India holds real potential to become one of the top counties that could stimulate the Gaming Industry.
Esports in recent years have gained a massive amount of recognition and made its way into international sporting events like the Asian Games.
A 23-year old gamer from Gujarat, Tirth Mehta won the country’s first-ever e-sports medal at the Asian games. Although it wasn’t added to the country’s total medal tally as it was done on a trial basis, there is a vision that this form of sport could also be considered to be featured in the Olympics in the future.
According to recent statistics, India currently holds the 16th position in the global gaming market, with total revenue of approximately 1 billion dollars(8000 crores). Companies like. JetSynthesys, FanMojo, Nodwin Gaming, and Cobx Gaming have emerged as giant startups to fuel the gaming industry of India.
Esports as A Career in India
To be honest Esports in India is only a few years old and has a lot of catching up to do. The industry faces a lot of challenges in terms of community building and infrastructure. Currently, there are no dedicated Esports academies to nurture and fuel upcoming and passionate gamers.
But it still has
the potential of becoming a dedicated career soon. Some of the youngsters have
already begun taking a bite of the pie and making a living out of it. With
games like PUBG mobile making its way into India for a little over a couple of
years now, has created a major impact determining what the future of gaming or
even mobile gaming looks like in India. It is difficult to find a kid who is
not familiar with the PUBG mobile game as it has created such a big splash in
the industry with several gamers emerging out of it and rising to fame all
across the country. Gamers and streamers from India that stream this game
across Youtube and internet platforms receive “Superchats” from their
fans/viewers which are basically like donations. Several young kids who have
gained fame in the industry have devoted themselves to be full-time
gamers/streamers and receive huge amounts of money daily, from their viewers.
The earnings are huge to the point where the numbers could be as high as
earning 2 lacs or upwards a day. Everybody wants a piece of the pie as
several mobile companies, cosmetics brands like Mamaearth, PC companies, have
all gone in to sponsor these popular kids to spread and endorse their brand’s
name. PUBG mobile holds massive tournaments every year with massive prize pools
all across India, where the top PUBG mobile teams of India compete against each
other and the viewers that are generated out of these events are huge.
Building a career out of Esports in India is currently a difficult one to accomplish but that’s only a matter of time. India is not very far from having a dedicated career for Esports. It is up to the parents to recognize their child’s potential and not mixing it up with an addiction. And, frankly speaking, it would be a change worth seeing where a majority of Indian parents stop forcing the stick on their child to become doctors, Engineers or Chartered accountants and rather giving them the freedom to choose a profession they love.