Published: Updated On – 04:01 PM, Sat – 26 February 22
Hyderabad: One of the biggest challenges of working in a pandemic is the loss of the personal, and the humane; a blurring of boundaries between homes and offices, as most of us do whatever we can to survive.
As most people who have worked from their homes in such trying times have noticed, the loss of the workspace is felt in a variety of ways; it could be in the air-conditioning, the kind of food one is used to at work, the conversations over a cup of tea, the chasing of deadlines in overtime, or the camaraderie in the office.
While a lot of those experiences can’t be replicated, Bengaluru-based gaming firm The Esports Club wants to use esports as a means of getting employees to bond via gaming.
By recently partnering with global chip manufacturer AMD, they have launched India’s first Esports series for corporates. A move that they hope will benefit young employees and gamers across organisations as they could use the series as a way to get to know their co-workers better.
The tournament due to kick-off in March will host competitions in games like ‘World Championship Cricket 3’, ‘Asphalt 9’, and ‘Chess’ as interested participants can battle it out in both solo and multiplayer events.
The competition seems like a great opportunity for video game players who work in corporate organisations as it will not just be a chance to bond with fellow co-workers in a safe environment but it can also offer them some much-needed downtime. Games, when played for the right reasons, can be a lot of fun. And throughout the last two years, most of us have played a variety of games to stay in touch with the people we care about.
With a prize pool of Rs 3 lakh, the initiative seems like a great way for organisations to interest their staff as opportunities like these could yield results that could be very similar to the various team-building and trust-building exercises that were generally part of company retreats in the pre-Covid era.
AMD backing such an event is also a major push for India’s gaming sector as it shows that the firm is interested in including both casual game players and non-video game players in its fold. The games in the tournament’s roster aren’t exclusively esports focused as ‘World Championship Cricket 3’ and ‘Asphalt 9’ are quite popular for the thrills they offer to players on mobile phones and ‘Chess’ is a perennial favourite that far predates both video games and esports. The games’ popularity and simple learning curves should make finding teammates quite easy.
An esports tournament with a great mix of games, an opportunity to bond with your co-workers and a decent sized prize pool, I think it’s a win-win-win for the players, their employers, and the Indian gaming community.
Give it a try if you think you could make some money playing these games; either way, you are bound to meet new people and have some fun right?
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