The emergence of eSports platforms have witnessed a drastic uptick with an array of the potential possibility that can make online gaming the new testament for all the sports lovers.
Since the dawn of video games, gaming has always been connoted as twiddling one’s thumbs in other words a mere time pass, however, things are changing now. Who could have predicted such a swift shift in demand and interest in games to make way for esports platforms offering various tournaments and competitions, making it a multi-billion dollar, industry?
Even when digital gaming in India is still at the fledgling stage, there are companies like Nodwin, JetSynthesys, FanMojo, Tencent, Youzu, Playtonia that are trying to revolutionize, eSports platforms for users with best gaming experience. Also, their contribution to making eSports as an investor-friendly industry cannot be unseen.
According to a recent report, the eSports industry has reached $1.1 billion net worth in 2019 and is to reach $2.17 billion by 2023
Now the question arises, why is there a sudden shift in the landscape of sports gaming in India, and why are major investors, trying to form allegiance to revolutionize, the whole online gaming experience? India offers a huge fan- base for online games like PUBG, DOTA2, and CS: GO. Many rigorously follow it with their utmost passion.
What is Esports?
E-sports, eSports or E-gaming is a form of a multi-player video game, which involves teams or leagues to compete or face off in the same game with one another.
Also, it is a subset of the larger gaming sector which also includes virtual sports, e-games, online games, fantasy sports, etc. Some highly acclaimed eSports games are Fortnite, Dota 2, CSGO, PUBG, League of Legends, Call of Duty, and Overwatch to name a few.
These multi-player games have their own colossal fanbase in, millions and are increasing day by day. Such games enlist all the features of video games with multi-player capabilities, where you play in teams and compete online.
However, there are four well-liked gameplay genres popular for eSports.
- Real-time Strategy (RTS):
- First-person Shooter (FPS)
- Multi-player Online Battle Arena (MOBA)
Moreover, there are various games that do not fit into any of the aforementioned genres like World of Tanks and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, MechWarrior Online, and many more.
We cannot ignore that eSports has reached reach its zenith with the help of various like streaming services like Twitch and YouTube gaming which offers viewers the, ability to watch as their favorite, gamers play in real-time.
Esports in India
Major esports platforms see an immense possibility present in India, home to 300 million online players with an estimated rise of near 50% for the year 2022, accounting for the interesting, development in millennials or the youngster. Esports platforms are also targeting other segments to garner more user-base.
In the year 2016, ESL development happened along with events and initiation like
In India, Esports gained prominence when 24-year-old Tirth Mehta hailing from Gujarat, created history by winning country’s
Furthermore, ESL India announced INR 1.10 Crores ($160,000) each as a prize pool for their premiership held in the previous year (2019) along with Cobx masters also announcing their prize pool of 1 crore.
In the near future, more companies will come to sponsor these games with bigger pool prize (Nodwin Gaming, and recently Nazara technologies and Alibaba Group’s AGTech Media have invested funds in
Many successful tournaments like PUBG Club Open India made an appearance in India. It is one of the most awaited tournaments were gamers from everywhere gather and support their favorite, teams. Also, Team Soul was amongst the one which garnered huge support which led them winning the tournament.
The average viewers count for the matches was nearly 60,000. The Prize pool for PUBG Club open India event was Rs 1.20 Crores, which is USD $175000. The winner of the tournament Team Soul is going to Global Finals in Berlin.
Trending E-sport Games
- Call of Duty
Dota 2, AKA Defense of the Ancients, is a top-down multiplayer, game, where an Ancient is a building or structure in each team’s base. In addition, Dota 2 is a, MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game, which is a genre derived from Real-Time Strategy games with minor RPG and action/fighting game influences. It streamlines the gameplay from controlling an entire army to controlling a single Hero.
Dota 2 is the “sequel” to the original DotA Allstars and is designed by Valve Corporation.
While developing Dota 2, the core essence of DotA Allstar has preserved i.e. the aim for both the games was the same — be the first to destroy the enemy’s “Ancient”.
In Dota, two teams of five players attempt to inveigle into the other team’s base and destroy a structure called an Ancient. In addition, each of the opposing bases follows three lanes defended by destructible towers and traversed by groups of minions spawning from each base. Each player controls a hero who has special powers; much like in a roleplaying game.
Counter-Strike (also known as CS) is a multiplayer, FPS (first-person shooter) video game (world’s number 1 online action game), just like the name suggests in this game there are two teams i.e. terrorists who terrorize and latter are counters terrorist-prevent it. Also, the game features in both single and multiplayer, modes so you can play either with bots or friends.
Designed by the Valve Corporation. It appears as a Half-Life modification in the late 90s.
Also, Counter-Strike (stand-alone) was first released in 2000. The game later gave rise to a franchise/series with a huge fan-base and they released many installments, of the CS series:
- Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
- Counter-Strike: Source.
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
To entice the player’s various standard bonuses are given for winning a round, losing a round, killing an enemy, being the first to instruct a hostage to follow, rescuing a hostage, planting the bomb (Terrorist) or defusing the bomb (Counter-Terrorist).
It stands for “PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds”, PUBG is an online multiplayer, battle royale game. Battle royale games mean all are playing against each other. Over here the player starts from scratch, scrounging for weapons and collecting various tools. The rules are simple, be the only one standing by defeating all the other 99 players on an 8 x 8 km island.
The player can enjoy the game in three modes: solo, duo, and squad, with the latter letting you team up with three other players for a team of four. One of the most famous modes is the squad mode where your squad member can support and revive you.
Also, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile game was released by Tencent Games and is available for Android and iOS devices.
Call of Duty
Call of Duty, one of the most successful franchise is a first-person shooter game, it features interesting and captivating campaign single-player modes, and a large offering of multi-player modes. Moreover, known for its ease of play over mega FPS shooter games like Battlefield, which is considered to be, difficult as it includes complex strategies.
League of legends
LOL or League of Legends is a free to play MOBA (Multi-player online battle Arena) released by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and OS X. It resembles and was inspired by the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne MOD, Defense of the Ancients.
Moreover, the game can be played both against AI (Computer) or other players from around the world. In addition, the Game comprises different game modes but the most common one is known as the Summoner’s Rift a 5v5 Arena.
Diverse platforms offering E-Sports
Headquartered in New Delhi, this eSport gaming start-up host various eSports or competitive Gaming Tournaments through on its Platform (Mobile, console, and PC). Furthermore, GamingMonk organizes LAN Tournaments and online Esports competitions via their portal. Also, hese LAN tournaments have been organized in 8 cities yet, and by next year the firm wants to cover at least 16 cities.
GamingMonk online portal was launched in August 2017, with a vision to offer the best gaming experience by bringing the tournament experience online and creating a community for gamers. GamingMonk boasts of organizing over 200 tournaments with almost 35,000 gamers taking part in it. GamingMonk host games like PUBG, CS: GO, DOTA 2, FIFA, Call of Duty,, and Clash Royale.
Another behemoth in the eSport gaming world is ESL, a global eSports tournament network and platform, which strives to shape the eSport Industry all over the world. ESL founded in 2000 offers an online gaming league and holistic services for league organizers. It operates high-end international leagues and tournaments like ESL Pro League, ESL One, and more.
Also, ESL works with Esports Companies like Riot Games (League of Legends) Valve Corporation (Dota 2 and Counterstrike Global offensive), Microsoft, Wargaming. net, Blizzard entertainment to caters efficiently for the smooth functioning of the gaming tournaments and leagues.
Known for hosting PC focused, a global online tournament like Cobx Master (India largest Multi-Title International tournament) for Dota2 and Counterstrike: Global Offensive. Cobx Gaming’s main aim is to provide an eSport platform to a passionate player and guide them by making them a professional champion. Also, they want to act as a catalyst by investing in multiple potential upcoming eSports platform.
It is one of the leading Daily fantasy sports platforms was launched in 2017, which offers cash-based quick games. Also, Halaplay is the fastest version of a fantasy sports platform that has been garnering huge popularity amongst all ages of sports lovers, as it allows users to create their fantasy teams, and earn points and real cash based on the players’ actual performance. Because of the amazing prizes, schemes, and interaction, there has been a huge rise in users playing fantasy-based games.
Nodwin Gaming founded in 2012 is a globally acclaimed gaming platform hosting various E-sport tournaments, also they perform various responsibilities like match hosting, broadcasting gameplay, managing player and talent, league operations, and wider event management. Also, Nodwin gaming nurtures and caters to the evolving gaming and eSport ecosystem both globally and domestically.
Nodwin Gaming provides an eSports solution to its various verticals like:
- ESL and ESWC: Nodwin group have entered many strategic partnerships with global partners like ESL, ESWC, and organizes eSports tournaments in India.
- Cosplay Genie: Pop culture is burgeoning in India, Nodwin Group offers end to end tutorials to the users who want to take part in pop culture like Comin-con. Tutorials provide information by which a user can create their own cosplays.
- Esports 360: It is one of the talked verticals of the Nodwin group. It is a news portal where an interested user can visit and check all the latest local and international news.
- Beyond the Game: Just like the name suggest this vertical is a game merchandise store that offers something beyond the game i.e. it caters to all the many fans who love to collect T-shirts, goodies, posters of their fictional superheroes.
Also, Nodwin Gaming host various gaming events like ESL India Premiership, KO Fight Nights, The North East Championship, The Intel Extreme Masters qualifiers for India, The Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) India Qualifiers, etc.
One of its kind, JetSynthesys (a part of the JetLine group) uses AR, VR and AI technologies to create personalized, gaming experiences for users. Besides, personalized, games like Sachin Saga Cricket Champions, a virtual reality game give the, user a chance to play as the legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, thus making the users relive some of the best moments of cricket history along with authentic stadium-like environments for players. This gaming company wants to be “India’s Tencent” in mobile gaming.
Also, JetSynthesys execute its operations in six business verticals, MereeDhun with music, PlayIzzOn with gaming, Wakau in partnership with CA Media Digital in celebrity video blogging, DigiAdz with targeted digital advertising, DataLytiX with Big Data analytics.
With an array of possibilities we can still conclude that there is still windows of oppurtunities that the eSport realm has to unveil.