Team owners are one of the biggest stakeholders when it comes to the competitive title esports scene. While the PUBG Mobile ban may have caused many of these investors to dash into a cold sweat, the official Battlegrounds Mobile India promotion and beta launch did much to ease a lot of tension, and in a special interaction with Sportskeeda Esports’ Abhishek Mallick, he said Dr.. Global Esports co-founder and CEO, Ruchindra Sinha, spoke about some of his predictions for the upcoming Krafton title and the esports ecosystem that you’ll be able to create once it’s officially launched, and here’s an excerpt from the conversation. With Battlegrounds Mobile India beta finally launching, what are some of the biggest features you’ve noticed in the game so far? How is it different from PUBG Mobile? Sinha: There aren’t many basic changes we’ve seen yet, along with some new aesthetic customizations and skins or local items coming. Some parental control settings and health related features have been added which might be a step in the right direction if done well, so I’m really looking forward to seeing more on that front. PUBG Mobile has been instrumental in helping the Indian esports industry get to where it is now. With what you’ve seen from BGMI so far, do you feel it would be able to harness a similar amount of community interaction along with domestic and foreign investment? Dr.. Sinha: What PUBG Mobile has done for esports in India has been tremendous. Over 100 million players have given access to this amazing community. With BGMI launching soon, we have already seen record numbers in Mortal, Scout, Goldy, Mavi, etc. streams. I don’t see this slowing down as we get closer to the game’s release. I expect the game’s release to have more impact on the esports scene than PUBG Mobile ever has. After the ban of PUBG Mobile, the esports scene in India has seen a huge shift in interest from mobile games to PC games. Tournament organizers have also jumped on the PC bandwagon, and titles like Riot Games’ Valorant have seen a variety of tournaments and events staged on them. How much of that focus do you think will shift to the Krafton title once Battlegrounds Mobile India officially launches? Dr.. Sinha: I think the trend that we’ve seen even in the mature esports markets is that mobile gaming is a great entry point into the world of video games. Then, when you venture into PC games, which are more advanced with a mature ecosystem, it is very difficult to go back to this mobile experience, and I definitely believe that the lovers of mobile games on mobile devices will far outnumber the lovers of PC games in a country like India. foreseeable future. However, I see a lot of people who have turned into PC enthusiasts over the past nine months, and 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, perhaps even a hybrid format where mobile phones have evolved so much that the experience rivals what you get on a PC. What are some of your expectations from the official launch of BGMI? What are some of the things you want Crafton to work on before the beta phase ends? Dr.. Sinha: I think Crafton has the right partners and the right experience. They know exactly what they are doing and seem to have a good and solid plan in place to ensure that the casual gaming ecosystem, as well as the esports ecosystem, will be well taken care of. There are enough parental controls and other health warnings/triggers to ensure that everyone who plays the game has a safe and controlled experience. I would really like them to focus a lot more on the pro circuit and provide a structure that allows esports organizations to grow, so we’re excited to see what happens over the next few weeks. Q5. Does Global Esports have any plans to build a competitive roster on Battlegrounds Mobile India? Sinha: Global Esports already has a competitive roster that we signed in December itself. We have Sangwan, Blaezi, Iconic & Darkk, along with a new talented player called fierce. The roster has been preparing and rehearsing the game for a few months now, so we’re excited to finally check out Battlegrounds Mobile India soon. Hello! If you’re active on Instagram, please follow us too 🙂 @sportskeedaesports Edit Rachel Syiemlieh Login/Subscribe to reply.