India’s esports industry and athletes battle for recognition as a sport ahead of Asian Games

Esports has exploded in popularity over the past few years in India. Esports (electronic sports) is a competitive sport where esports athletes use their physical and mental abilities to compete in certain genres of video games in a virtual and electronic environment.

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Recently, India’s DOTA 2 team produced a powerful performance to clinch the bronze medal at the first-ever Commonwealth Esports Championship.

The Indian Dota 2 team, consisting of Moin Ejaz (captain), Ketan Goyal, Abhishek Yadav, Shubham Goli and Vishal Vernekar, beat New Zealand 2-0 in a best-of-three format in Birmingham (6-7 Aug 22) .

While the esports is going to make its debut at the 2022 Asian Games, earlier in 2018 it was a showcase title when our esports athlete Tirth Mehta won a bronze medal (Hearthstone).

The 2022 Asian Games, originally scheduled for September this year, will now be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023. With the conclusion of the ESFI National Esports Championships in April 2022, the 18-member Indian contingent for the Games Asian 2022 was finalized.

1. FIFA22 – Charanjot Singh and Karman Singh Tikka
2. Street Fighter V – Mayank Prajapati and Ayan Biswas
3. Hearthstone – Shikhar Choudhary and Karthik Varma
4. League of Legends – Captain Akshaj Shenoy, Samarth Arvind Trivedi, Mihir Ranjan, Aditya Selvaraj, Aakash Shandilya and Sanindhya Malik
5. DOTA 2 – Captain Moin Ejaz, Krish, Abhishek Yadav, Ketan Goyal, Darshan and Shubham Goli

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Ahead of this big tournament, for India to become an Esports nation, gaming needs to be recognized as a sport and build a solid base structure in the country, which can lead to more laurels in competitive gaming.

The same is advocated by esports athletes and industry players.

“After winning the medal at the Commonwealth Esports Championship in Birmingham, it is high time for esports to be recognized as a sport. Esports athletes need recognition and support from our government and help us provide better facilities, coaches, physiotherapists and all the other things that other sports athletes get by getting a medal for the country need of appropriate support. said Moin Ejaz, captain of the Indian DOTA 2 team.

“With the medals won at the 2018 Asian Games and now at the Commonwealth Esports Championship, the time has come to recognize esports as a sport. The potential of Indian esports and our athletes cannot be ignored and its recognition becomes more critical ahead of the 2022 Asian Games (scheduled next year), this will open doors for investments and opportunities that will lead to the training and skill development of our athletes It is heartening to see our Honorable Minister of Sports, Shri Anurag Thakur Ji, to launch a mobile video game “Azadi Quest: Heroes of Bharat & Match3″ as part of India’s celebration of Azadi Ka Amritmahotsav, after which esports should be recognized as a sport,” said Mr. Lokesh Suji , Director of the Indian Esports Federation and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF).

Charanjot Singh, a FIFA 22 athlete who will represent India at next year’s Asian Games, said, “Recognizing esports as a sport will help a lot. This can lead to esports having the right setting, facilities and opportunities for everyone. It will also automatically lead to the growth of the esports industry. More athletes would like to join us and want to represent the country on world stages.

“It was a great achievement for India to win bronze medal in Commonwealth esports. To make the industry more aligned, there should be information sharing and communication between government and stakeholders who have invested in the esports ecosystem in India including athletes and organizations. In order to have a healthy ecosystem, young athletes should also receive education to learn about the legal and financial details of the esports, in addition to the basic necessities of training, financial support, and mental and physical well-being,” said Rohit Jagasia, Founder and CEO of Revenant Esports.

“It will definitely help players get more exposure and all the support players need from the government and from their families themselves. Getting the right infrastructure and equipment is one of the most important aspects of preparing for the Asian Games. Players will show more dedication to games which will definitely give us the best results in upcoming games as well. We are already doing so much better and that would definitely be a big step forward for esports athletes. said Mayank Prajapati, Street Fighter V athlete who will represent India at the 2022 Asian Games, on how recognizing esports as a sport will help esports athletes ahead of next year’s Asian Games .

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