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Top Tech Trends That will Rule The Gaming Industry in 2021

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Gaming has been a predominant trend in the West, but with the rise of its popularity amongst the youth, the gaming fever caught on in India as well. Further, gaming has emerged as a business sector that is proving to be immensely lucrative. The e-gaming industry is fast-paced and extremely diverse. Avid gamers constantly crave high-quality gaming experience as they aren’t satisfied with the existing technologies. To retain good players and encourage others to take it up, software developers and game creators need to keep re-inventing and executing new technologies.

As the world was gripped by the Covid-19 outbreak, people ended up being cooped up at home with a lot of time to kill. As a result, millennials resorted to playing online games, bringing the gaming world to life while the physical sporting world remained uneventful. The incredible growth of online gaming is giving rise to certain tech trends which will be ruling the roost in 2021.

Reports project that the gaming industry is poised to grow at a CAGR of 40% by 2022, scaling the total market size to US$2.8 billion. This growth will majorly be driven by mobile gaming as nearly 85% of online gaming takes place on smartphones in India. The research encapsulates the role played by edge computing market, adoption of AI and IoT, rise of AR/VR technologies and growth of mobility and other application services.

Sharing his views on the current scenario in the gaming industry, Yash Pariani, CEO and Founder, Indian Gaming League, India’s most popular competitive gaming and eSports league that hosts gaming tournaments online, says, “Of the several recreational options, those that required physical presence or involved larger gatherings became inoperational due to the pandemic. Therefore, options such as live concerts, movie theatres and watching sports live in stadiums – all got excluded from the set of possible choices. And the options that could be consumed within the confines of our homes did not allow the creation of fresh content. This is where gaming could provide a constructive outlet to people and supported creation and consumption in the ‘new normal’, thus gaining traction compared to other entertainment options.”

The roll-out of 5G will prove to be a revolutionary advancement for the gaming industry. It will mean faster download speeds, improved streaming capabilities, and immersive real-time gaming experiences. Without having to install any new infrastructure, online gaming with the help of 5G will enable gamers to bolster their experience. 5G network will also nurture virtualization and foster network slices, with every slice designated for a particular purpose.

The onset of 5G will also provide the necessary boost for making mobile gaming accessible to one and all. Also, Gaming-as-Services (GaaS) model will be another rising trend that is touted to have the potential to completely transform the gaming industry. This service will enable gamers to play online games without any drop in the overall quality of the games irrespective of the device on which it is being played.

Another Indian esports start-up platform, The Esports Club has been built with the sole aim of powering esports experiences while helping grassroots community development in India and other South Asian Countries. Ishaan Arya, Co-Founder, The Esports Club, says, “The emerging trends in esports and gaming reflect precisely what audiences want in terms of participation opportunities and the kind of content they want more of. Gaming in India continues to be driven largely by mobile gaming of course; However, smartphones and easy connectivity have also driven up gaming content consumption reflected in online engagement and significant growth in esports viewership. We are also starting to see an increase in the crossover between non-gaming personalities like comedians, athletes, actors, etc and esports; with media and personalities introducing newer audiences to the exciting world of competitive video games.”

Adding to the views, Mr. Varun Mahna, Founder & CEO, Dangal Gamesa leading online gaming app, said, “The gaming world has pushed its limits to another level with each passing day. It is as easy as it sounds. In a fraction of minutes, new opportunities are created, and milestones are achieved to meet the expectations of players with the use of cutting-edge technologies. The technology trends that are going to last this year and the coming years are online transactions and payments becoming super easy, online gaming is enabling the players to enjoy games with the HD graphic experience, the latest advancements like facial and voice recognition that can adapt to the emotions of the player and the emergence of cloud gaming

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PUBG Mobile Returning as Battlegrounds Mobile India

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KRAFTON announced the reveal of BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA. Developed by KRAFTON, the game will offer a world class AAA multiplayer gaming experience on mobile. BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA will release with exclusive in-game events like outfits and features and will have its own esports ecosystem with tournaments and leagues. The game will launch as a free-to-play experience on mobile devices. 

BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA, a battle royale experience, will have a period of pre-registration before the launch. The game will be available to play only in India. KRAFTON will collaborate with partners to build an esports ecosystem while bringing in-game content regularly, starting with a series of India specific in-game events at launch, to be announced later. 

Here’s a first look at the logo of the upcoming game. 

With privacy and data security being a top priority, KRAFTON will be working with partners, to ensure data protection and security, at each stage. This will ensure privacy rights are respected, and all data collection and storage will be in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in India and for players here. 

We believe, that at this time, more than ever, your health and safety are a paramount priority.  We urge each one of you as super players, to stay safe, stay at home and wear a mask. 

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The Esports Club Announces Partnership with Streamcoi

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The Esports Club has announced its partnership with Streamcoi to revolutionize the way brands leverage streaming, content creators and esports. The partnership will enable The Esports Club to automate streamer branding management and monetise live streaming more effectively for their partners. Streamcoi is a unique streamer management platform that has changed the face of many Esports organizations around the world.

This is a first of its kind partnership in India that will help The Esports Club to monetize and grow its live streaming partnerships thanks to the revolutionary technology from Streamcoi. This partnership comes along with multiple value added services through which the audience will be able to see brand and product messaging in unique ways on daily livestreams ensuring visibility and CTR for partner campaigns.

The Esports Club’s network consists of nearly 20 streamers – both professional players who stream during breaks from official matches, and content creators focused on live streaming. The Esports Club helps connect brands with the right streamers and content creators to help amplify their brand visibility.

On the development, Mr. Ishaan Arya, Co-founder, The Esports Club, said, “Consulting and Marketing services is a major vertical for us. We specialize in creating long term partnerships that are in the interest of both, our brand partners and of course the content creators. We work only with a hand picked roster of streamers to ensure we can drive the most value to our partners and we’re always looking at creating exciting new campaigns. The partnership with Streamcoi helps ensure we can continue to innovate and drive unparalleled value to partners throughout 2021. ”

Mr. Jakub Janaszek, Brand Manager, Streamcoi, said, “Promoting brands in esports and gaming is becoming one of the most effective ways to reach young audiences worldwide. Top managers, like members of The Esports Club, offer campaigns across dozens of influencers at the same time. However, this would be hardly implemented without automatization of content, data, and streamer management. I am very happy that they trusted Streamcoi and decided to introduce innovative solutions for their partners. I am sure that the brands which decide on their campaigns will quickly notice the benefits that good promotion in gaming provides”.

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ASUS ROG Launches 2nd Season of ROG Academy with Valorant

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) launched the all-new power packed second season of ROG Academy in partnership with AFK Gaming and The Esports Club, further strengthening its commitment towards empowering aspiring eSports athletes and enthusiasts in India. This initiative will provide the desired infrastructure and training, helping gamers develop the skill set necessary to compete on a global scale. After successfully concluding the first season of ROG Academy, with an overwhelming 2350 entries from across the country, Asus aims to expand its existing portfolio to encompass games from various genres as it starts season two with Valorant. The registrations for the second season commence from 3rd May, 2021 till 10th May, 2021. 

Valorant has swiftly become one of the top games in various tournaments in India. Asus also witnessed a great deal of participation for Valorant during ROG Showdown as the game offers an engaging gameplay. ROG Academy is carefully designed to mentor potential professional gamers to excel in the field of esports and boost career opportunities in the eSports industry. The program is aimed at paving the way for next-generation gamers with access to resources, mentorship and training from veterans in the esports circuit to elevate the current gaming ecosystem in India. As part of the training, Asus also equips all participants with necessary gears and products such as tournament-ready gaming equipments and first-in-class high quality technology.

Speaking on the announcement, Arnold Su, Business Head, Consumer and Gaming PC, System Business Group, ASUS India, said “After the successful launch of India’s first virtual Academy program for a gamer – ROG Academy, earlier this year, Asus ROG is back with the second season as a platform to provide extensive training and mentoring to the budding gamers to further hone their skills and showcase their talent in partnership with AFK Gaming. This initiative will prepare gaming enthusiasts for competitive E-sport tournaments on a national as well as global level. As the No. 1 gaming laptop brand, we strongly believe that the esports industry has a huge potential to provide multiple career options in the country and we aim to nurture the same with the ROG Academy. The pandemic has also made a shift in the content consumption patterns, resulting in the growth and adoption of e-sports. The esports segment is therefore bound to grow exponentially over the next few years. Looking at the enthusiasm, we will continue to explore future possibilities on scaling this program further to bolster the esports ecosystem in India.” 

ROG Academy: 

Curriculum & Duration:

ASUS ROG Academy is a year-long program, divided into four sessions as per the quarter, aimed at establishing and developing the E-sports community in India. This season, the curriculum is designed in partnership with AFK Gaming and The Esports Club, one of India’s most recognized tournament organizers of Valorant.

The shortlisted team and players will go through an extensive selection process divided into different phases. This will culminate into 6 select players becoming part of a 3-month long program designed to familiarize the players with the various aspects of gameplay at eminent levels to master the techniques of teamwork, communication, analyzing the opponents, tracking improvement, agent selection and skillsets, map breakdown, executes and more. The exercises, schedule and entire program will be specifically designed keeping in mind the title and the existing skillsets of the players who will be a part of it. 

Coach Details

This season, the coaching will be overseen by none other than Mansoor “Nabu” Ahmed, Director, The Esports Club. Over the years, he himself has been a competitive player in various titles and has developed a wealth of industry knowledge and experience. He will be joined by Nikhil “Sieh” Bhansali who is a broadcast analyst and caster with The Esports Club and has worked on every single major Valorant event in the country since its launch. In addition, there will be regular guest sessions and special classes by top Indian professionals and other industry leaders and experts. 

Rewards & Outcome from the training:

The Second season of the ROG Academy will witness “Valorant” as the official title as we continue our journey to discover India’s most talented players. The panelists will consist of a representative from ASUS ROG, partners, and Valorant. ASUS ROG will be providing the whole team Ex-Gratia of INR 100,000 price to all the final 6 players once they complete their 3-month training successfully. The players will also receive monetary compensation of INR 15,000/ as a stipend on monthly basis during the training. Also, the 6 players will continue to represent the brand for additional 3 months while participating in any tournaments or events post completing 3 months training program successfully. 

How to Apply: ROG Academy

1. Aspiring gamers and gaming enthusiasts aged 16 and above can participate in the program and register themselves on the Official ROG Website 3rd may 2021 onwards. Gamers aged between 16 to 18 need to provide a consent letter from their parents to participate in the program.

2. During the registration process, applicants will answer some key questions on the online form that will help Asus determine the type of player they are

Selection Process

1. After registrations, participants will have to go through a screening process which will include showcasing their abilities in the open tryouts where they will be judged by a Jury. 

2. The top six participants chosen from the tryouts phase will receive admission into the program. Participants will receive a stipend of INR 15000/.

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