Many prominent esports personalities and content makers finally got a chance to try out Krafton’s latest release with the opening of Battlegrounds Mobile India’s Early Access.
While the expectations for BGMI were sky-high, many people who played it believed that it lived up to its predecessor while also expanding on many of its earlier features.
Ishaan Arya, co-founder of The Esports Club, gave some of his opinions on Battlegrounds Mobile India and how well the game will transition into the current mobile esports market in an interview with Sportskeeda Esports’ Abhishek Mallick.
The following is a portion of the conversation.
Q. You’ve been very vocal about PUBG Mobile’s importance in the Indian mobile ecosystem. With Battlegrounds Mobile India’s beta release, how successfully do you think Krafton’s title will be able to reclaim its former position as the market leader?
Ishaan Arya (Ishaan Arya): I believe it is reasonable to say that the game’s relaunch has sparked a lot of interest. And, despite any reservations, I believe the community of players and content creators is more than willing to assist in bringing it back to its former glory.
The publisher’s investments and the competitive chances we see from both first-party (publisher-led) esports events and other recognized tier-1 TOs will determine whether it becomes as huge as it was.
Q. When it comes to the nation’s esports sector, PUBG Mobile has been the top provider to investment income and community participation. What are some of your expectations for Battlegrounds Mobile India, based on its historical track record, and the improvements it will bring to the industry as it exists today?
Ishaan Arya (Ishaan Arya): The most difficult obstacle for BGMI to overcome is its position in the global ecosystem. While India will surely receive its fair share of prize money, the access to a vast untapped market of prospective fans as well as the leading global event calendar is the reason companies and teams focused their PUBG Mobile lineups in this country.
We may see fewer global sponsors wanting to invest in Indian lineups if Battlegrounds Mobile India exists in a bubble. It will also be fascinating to observe how the imminent global release of PUBG New State affects things.
Q. After playing the Battlegrounds Mobile India Early Access beta a few days ago, what were some of the contrasts and similarities you noticed between it and its predecessor, PUBG Mobile?
Ishaan Arya (Ishaan Arya): While I am in no position to pass judgment on the new game, it looks and feels similar to PUBG Mobile, and it even includes my previous account. So, I suppose it’s appropriate for somebody who has put a lot of money into their accounts and stuff.
Q. Since the prohibition on PUBG Mobile, many gamers have turned to PC games like Riot Games’ Valorant, which has prompted tournament organizers to host events on the shooter. Will the focus for TOs shift away from PC titles with the upcoming launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India?
Ishaan Arya (Ishaan Arya): It would be fascinating to watch how it affects the PC esports scene, which appeared to profit directly from the lack of PUBG Mobile activity in the area.
Many TOs switched to PC at the last minute, and we had more PC esports events last year than any other year.
With the debut of Battlegrounds Mobile India, I fully expect a lot of TOs to refocus their efforts. However, Krafton’s attitude on licensing and third-party tournaments with high prize pools is crucial.
Q. What does The Esports Club have planned for Battlegrounds Mobile India? What should fans expect from the org after Krafton’s game is released from beta?
Ishaan Arya (Ishaan Arya): At TEC, we’ve always taken the strategy of identifying opportunities ahead of time and making timely investments. There’s little doubt that BGMI will be a popular topic, but I can’t confirm or deny any TEC events for Battlegrounds Mobile India at this time.