Team owners are some of the biggest stakeholders when it comes to a competitive title’s esports scene.
While the PUBG Mobile ban may have made many of these investors sweat, the Battlegrounds Mobile India official trailer and beta launch did a lot to ease the tension.
In a special interaction with Abhishek Mallick from Sportskeeda Esports, Dr. Rushindra Sinha, Global Esports Co-Founder and CEO, on some of his expectations for Krafton’s upcoming title and the esports ecosystem it will create once it makes its official launch.
Here is an excerpt from the conversation.
Q. What are some of the biggest features you have noticed in the game so far as the Battlegrounds Mobile India beta is finally live? How much is it different from PUBG Mobile?
Dr. Sinha: Aside from some aesthetic tweaks and the new localized skins or items, there aren’t that many fundamental changes we’ve seen yet.
Some parental controls and health-related features have been added that, if done well, could be a step in the right direction, so I’m really looking forward to seeing more in that regard.
F. PUBG Mobile was instrumental in getting the Indian esports industry where it is now. Do you think, based on what you’ve seen from BGMI so far, BGMI will be able to leverage a similar level of community interaction with domestic and overseas investments?
Dr. Sinha: What PUBG Mobile has done for esports in India is monumental. There were more than 100 million players access to this wonderful community.
With BGMI coming out soon, we’ve already seen record-breaking numbers on the streams from Mortal, Scout, Goldy, Mavi and so on. I don’t see this slowing down as we get closer to the game’s release.
I expect the game’s release to have a much bigger impact on the esports scene than PUBG Mobile ever did.
Q3. After the ban on PUBG Mobile, the attention of the Indian eSports scene shifted significantly from mobile to PC games. Tournament organizers jumped on the PC bandwagon too, and titles like Riot Games’ Valorant saw a multitude of tournaments and events on it. How much of that focus do you think will shift back to Krafton’s title once Battlegrounds Mobile India is officially released?
Dr. Sinha: I think the trend we’ve seen even in mature esports markets is that mobile gaming is a great way to get started in the world of video games. Then when you venture into PC gaming, which is far more advanced with a mature ecosystem, it is quite difficult to get back to that mobile experience.
I definitely think that mobile esports fans in a country like India will far outweigh PC gaming fans for the foreseeable future. However, I see a lot of the people who have turned into PC enthusiasts over the past 9 months and they will continue to follow the scene and be an active part of the community. We just expect this sector to grow a lot more over the next few years.
While mobile gaming may be our present, some form of PC gaming will be our future, possibly even a hybrid format where cell phones have advanced so far that the experience can rival that of a PC.
Q4. What are your expectations for the official start of BGMI? What are some of the things that you want Krafton to work on before the beta ends?
Dr. Sinha: I think Krafton has the right partners and experience. They know exactly what they’re doing and seem to have a good, solid plan in place to make sure the casual gaming ecosystem as well as the esports ecosystem are well looked after. There are ample parental controls and other health warnings / triggers in place to ensure that everyone who plays the game has a safe and controlled experience.
I would really like them to put a lot more emphasis on the Pro-Circuit and provide a structure that allows esports organizations to grow, so we’re excited to see what will happen in the next few weeks.
F5. Does Global Esports Have Any Plans To Build A Competitive List On Battlegrounds Mobile India?
Dr. Sinha: Global Esports already has a competitive list that we signed ourselves in December. We have Sangwan, Blaezi, Iconic & Darkk, along with a fresh new talented player named violent.
The squad has been preparing and training for the game for a few months now, so we’re excited to finally be checking out Battlegrounds Mobile India soon.
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