India Today League: PUBG Mobile Invitational, starting April 23 has attracted some of the top PUBG Mobile gamers. A total prize pool of Rs 2.5 lakh is up for grabs and the gamers are looking forward to battling it out and clinching glory in the tournament that will be held over 4 days.
Gamers or eAthletes, as they are being addressed these days, from across the country. Most of them are at their boot camps during the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic but nothing has come in their way to prepare for one of the biggest esports tournaments of the year.
The teams will face off against each other over 16 matches across 4 days. The adrenaline-pumping action will be spread across different maps — Erangie, Miramar, Sanhok and Vikendi. 4 matches will be played each day of the India Today League.
In the lead up to the India Today League, the eAthletes shed light on their preparation, strategies, daily routines and how their parents reacted to their preferred career choices.
Manmeet, a member of Team SynerGE said that it is always important to study the opponents before any major tournament.
“If there is a major tournament and the teams are well known then of course we study them before playing the tournament. Like choosing a different drop location than them and all.”
Jyotirup Bhargav from Team VSG Crawlers said: “It depends mostly on what schedule we have. Like if we have an early tournament at 12 pm or 2 pm or something then we have to sleep and wake up early and go for a training session early morning. Every athlete i think goes for a session in early morning. Then we talk with our teammates and go for the games.”
When asked about the daily routine of an eAthlete, the gamers referred to the current lockdown saying that it was an ideal situation for a gamer to be engrossed in his favourite game all day.
A gamer known as Revenge SonicFox in the PUBG world, said: “During the current lockdown all we are doing is eat, sleep and PUBG. And if a tournament is there then it;s almost 1-2 am before we go to bed. It becomes a cycle.”
Further dwelling on the reactions of their families on choosing gaming as a career, the gamers conceded that it was only when they started getting recognition and monetary benefits that the family came out in full support.
Manmeet: “In the beginning they used to say that you are playing games in the morning itself, better study. But since I started getting some recognition and invites, it became normal.
Prasoon Pallav, Element Esports: “My father passed away when I was in 10th standard. After 12th I qualified for JEE Mains but then I lost interest in studies. Then I talked to my mother and told her that I am inerested in gaming. I started a youtube channel as well.”