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Team RGC wins PUBG open competition

By Our Correspondent Updated: Jul 22, 2019 9:55 pm
Champions Team RGC along with the first and second runners-up after the PUBG open competition at The Heritage on Monday, July 22. (EM Images)

Our Correspondent

Kohima, July 21 (EMN): Team RGC outplayed 24 other teams, to win the title of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) open competition held here at The Heritage in Kohima on Monday.

RGC bagged INR 80,000 while the first runners-up Bobo and second runners-up W.E.L.P received INR 40,000 and INR 20,000 respectively.

The competition was initially scheduled on Saturday, however owing to technical glitches and poor internet connectivity it could not proceed as planned. On Sunday too, the game was disrupted in betweens due to poor connectivity and went on till 2 am on Monday. The overall competition was supposed to complete in a span of ten hours if connection was smooth. However, the competition took over 14 hours to complete.

A total of 25 teams comprising of four members each in a team vied for the total prize pool of INR 1.50 lakh.

The Most valuable Players were Shin (RGC), Magnus (Bobo), and Gyro San (W.E.L.P), as first, second, and third respectively. First placed received INR 5000 while second and third received INR 2500 each.

Participating teams were from Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung, and Shillong including two girls. The competition also had a differently-abled participant Bendangienba Jamir from Team NC Roaring 90’s of Kohima. Except a 19 year old, most of the participants were in their 20’s to 30’s age group.

Speaking about the idea behind the event, director of Live Now Atsung Jamir said it aimed to introduce the other side of mobile gaming where one take the opportunity to make it into a career.

“We want to let the youth see this side of career dimension”. The best way to do is to make it into a sporting event where everyone can come and interact with each other and have a competition, he added.

He highlighted the professions one can get into through the game including streamer, pro-gamer, product specialist, etc. “There are so many different dimensions to mobile gaming,” Jamir said.

Giving more insights into the opportunities the PUBG industry offers, he said around INR 3 crore of prize pool in the Indian mobile gaming industry was initiated. In PUBG alone, there was INR 1.40 crore prize pool recently. Players from India are getting opportunity to go to Berlin and compete at the international arena wherein as much as 2.5 million was the prize money.

It has a “very big scope” now. “Just that we don’t have the required platform for them to feel like they are earning something or doing something or taking it as a career,” Jamir said.

Not everyone will make it into a career. But, if out of the competition at least one or two participants can take it seriously, considering that there are some “really good gamers in Nagaland, who have the potential to go for it,” Jamir said.

Sharing on the plans ahead, he said the event will be streamed and documented to present to the national level. “We will try to get the attention of PUBG India,” he said adding to which they had many plans ahead. Yet, the event being at its initial stage, they also want to keep it as low key for now.

He also said that the event was not the first time, yet the magnitude of the event was the first of its kind. He added that they have zero funding for the event as it was clearly managed out of their own pockets. The event is organised by Live Now, an event management company in the state.

Players of Team RGC battling their way to win the title of PUBG open competition in Kohima on July 22. (EM Images)
By Our Correspondent Updated: Jul 22, 2019 9:55:55 pm