Kohima: With the Players Unknown’s Battlegrounds, popularly known as PUBG, gaining momentum across the globe, gaming enthusiasts in Nagaland and a couple of neighbouring states in Northeast India came together to participate in a mega competition to play the popular online multiplayer battle royale game in Kohima on Sunday.
Among 25 competing squads, RGC walked away as winners with a prize money of Rs 80,000, followed by Bobo and WELP as as 1st and 2nd runners-up with Rs 40,000 and Rs 20,000 as prize money, respectively.
Organised by Life Now Events, Shin (RGC), Magnus (Bobo) and Gyro San (WELP) were adjudged the top three ‘most valuable players’ out of the 100 participants, winning Rs 5,000, Rs 2,500 and Rs 2,500 as prize money, respectively. The tournament witnessed players from Shillong (Meghalaya) and Diphu (Assam), besides Mokokchung, Dimapur and Kohima of Nagaland.
While the competition was scheduled on Saturday, technical errors delayed the gaming process and finally it began on Sunday. It, however, wrapped up only around 2 am on Monday.
Speaking to media persons, Life Now Events director Atsung Jamir said that one of the biggest challenges for them was the connectivity issue which delayed the entire competition and even doubled up its expenses.
When asked what necessitated the need to organise a mega online game competition, that too at a time when most parents discourage their children from gaming, Jamir said, “Even if parents keep telling, people still play it. So we wanted to open the other side of mobile gaming where they can make it into a career by becoming a pro-gamer, product specialist or even test mobile phones just by gaming. There are many other dimensions of mobile gaming.”
Highlighting that there was a prize pool of over Rs 3 crore in Indian mobile gaming industry this year, he said how Indian players get the opportunity to compete at world stages where the prize pool amounts to millions (in dollars).
“It has a wide scope now. So instead of fighting it, if there can be one-two gamers from here who can seriously go further, we wanted to give them the platform considering that there are many good gamers from Nagaland,” Jamir added.
With no funding from other sources, Jamir and his team had to independently organise the mega competition to promote other dimensions (employment avenues) through mobile gaming.
On enquiring about the scope of the players, Jamir said that this initial step was taken to bring together gaming enthusiasts. Expressing that there are future plans to make the sporting event even bigger, the next step will be to get the attention of the PUBG mobile India towards Northeast by showing the potential of these players.