The E-gaming industry has witnessed a colossal shift in its potential in recent years. While reaching unprecedented heights, the industry is creating various new opportunities for young aspirants in gaming. To honor the same, ASUS introduced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) academy a year back, a dedicated gaming arm to empower and enable potential professional gamers to conquer competitions in the elevating esports industry.
The prime focus of ASUS has been to create a robust esports ecosystem in India from the start. Each initiative by ASUS ROG is designed to support the passion of the esports enthusiasts and community at large, contributing to the galore opportunities that we currently have in e-gaming.
ROG Academy, is a first-of-a-kind unique initiative that is playing a key role in establishing a pool of credible esports players in India, paving the way for next-generation gamers by providing access to world-class resources, mentorship, and training.
ASUS had already announced Simar ‘Psy’ Sethi, the leading Indian esports player, as the official coach of ROG Academy Season 4 on 20th January. Simar is one of the best CS:GO and Valorant esports players in India and has represented India in many International tournaments. Simar’s experience and expertise in Valorant perfectly weave into the curriculum of ROG Academy Season 4 that involves Valorant as its official title. ASUS ROG Academy Season 4 with 6 selected players has started today. The registration for the season opened in December 2021 and received an overwhelming response with over 1800 applications.
- 1 In an Exclusive Interview with TechnoSports, PSY has shared some parts of his journey as an e-sports athlete, some important points on the E-Gaming scenario of India, and the importance of the ROG Academy for Indian E-Sports.
- 1.1 1. What has been the best moment and the turning point for you in your gaming/e-sports career?
- 1.2 2. What are your thoughts on the evolution e-gaming industry in India and its current landscape?
- 1.3 3. Why is there a need for professional platforms in India for e-sports enthusiasts?
- 1.4 4. How do you plan to empower gaming enthusiasts through ROG academy?
- 1.5 5. What are your expectations from ROG Academy Season 4?
- 1.6 6. What learnings would you like to share with any upcoming e-sport athlete/talent?
- 1.7 7. What according to you at present is the most emerging game in India that has changed the e-sports scenario?
- 1.8 8. Can you suggest something that needs to be changed for good in the Indian e-sports industry?
These are the few questions that were asked to PSY.
1. What has been the best moment and the turning point for you in your gaming/e-sports career?
Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with various leading organizations and teammates. It’s hard to point out an exact moment that was a turning point for me. Each experience has added to my learning and growth curve. It has helped me assimilate the knowledge that has made me a stronger player and more self-aware individual. The highlights for me have has always been being able to represent our country in international tournaments. I was able to with Brutality in Dubai and then with Entity Gaming in the Philippines, Malaysia, and China for different tournaments. Another high point of my journey has been the Bootcamp I attended for a month in Serbia, which thought me a lot as a player further enhanced my skills, and elevated my gameplay.
2. What are your thoughts on the evolution e-gaming industry in India and its current landscape?
The increased access to affordable and reliable internet has accelerated the momentum of e-sports in the country, especially multiplayer gaming. Playing games is an immersive experience and the multiplayer angle adds to the social element that only elevates the overall experience. Additionally, the pandemic has played a significant role in bringing esports to the mainstream. Now more than ever, with the increased consumption of digital content, people are being exposed to gaming, e-sports, and its adjacent creators and spaces. I am sure that from here on, the journey of e-sports will only be uphill in India.
3. Why is there a need for professional platforms in India for e-sports enthusiasts?
Just like any other sport, professional and competitive gaming, including e-sports, requires a lot of perseverance, dedication, and hard work. Only a select few get a chance to overcome all the hurdles to reach the final level. However, with the ecosystem gradually growing, we are also witnessing more professionalism, structure, opportunities, stakeholders, and accountability coming into the play. Players are no longer only dependent on the title’s publishers, organizations, teammates, etc. due to the presence of professional platforms that empower them and aim to ultimately uplift the entire e-sports ecosystem.
4. How do you plan to empower gaming enthusiasts through ROG academy?
I aim to leverage the experience and insights that I have accumulated throughout my professional journey to mentor the finalists for ROG Academy season 4 help them achieve their full potential by becoming the best versions of themselves. This can range from individual to team growth and even helping new players overcome their nerves when playing against experienced teams.
5. What are your expectations from ROG Academy Season 4?
The season has just begun, and I am excited to collaborate with the final six participants that we have shortlisted. I’m hoping to help them become a synchronized unit and lay a strong foundation for each of them that will help them grow professionally over the course of their careers.
One will always encounter highs and lows in their respective careers, but the most important thing is to always have fun because, at the end of the day, that is what playing games are all about. If you enjoy what you are doing, your performance, confidence, and productivity are bound to go up. Especially from a point of view of a pro player, who must grind 6-8 hours a day, it’s important to reflect on why you are in this industry and connect your roots from time to time.
7. What according to you at present is the most emerging game in India that has changed the e-sports scenario?
Being a mobile-first country, there is little to no doubt that mobile is the central platform in India. We have all witnessed just how much titles like PUBG Mobile and Free Fire have grown over the years and the popularity, viewership, and player base they have amassed. On the other hand, in the PC segment, the launch of Valiant has sparked a new fire in the scene as has garnered a huge following complimented by very positive reactions from various communities. However, the game that has defined esports in India is PUBG Mobile. It is almost synonymous with the word gaming in the country.
8. Can you suggest something that needs to be changed for good in the Indian e-sports industry?
One of the things on which the country needs to change its outlook on is the social stigma attached to is making a career in gaming and esports. Though at a slow pace, we can already see the e-sports revolution making this change. The second focus area is that both, players and creators, need to form a balance between being professional and entertaining at the same time, given the impact they have on their fans and the community at large. On the other hand, for fans, it’s important to acknowledge that the person on the other end is also a human and be kind and considerate with their interactions in certain situations. Positivity, inclusivity, and uplifting each other through healthy competition are ultimately what is going to pave the path for the future.
Previously, Simar ‘Psy’ Sethi on his onboarding said, “Happy to be a part of the ROG Academy and can’t wait to get started with the new crop of players. I want to help each of them grow individually and perform their best as a team during the next three months. I look forward to sharing my experiences and learnings from the competitive circuit with the players and take their skills to the next level. I really believe that each of them have the potential to be the very best and am committed to help them realize this over the duration of the program.”
As ASUS ROG Academy season 4 commences, ASUS and Psy, together are paving the way for the next generation of trained esports athletes to make e-sports a reality for them and take India’s esports ecosystem to the next level.