Mr. Suji, Vice President of the AESF (Asian E-sports Federation), Reacts
Mr. Lokesh Suji, who is the current director of the E-sports Federation of India and the vice president of the Asian E-sports Federation (AESF), said that these were good news to start with in the year 2023. He added that the federation worked to establish differences between iGaming and e-sports, and their efforts bore fruit.
Suji said that the decision by the government of India was welcome, as it would create new avenues to bring investment into the lucrative industry. He also stated that the federation was working on improving training facilities and infrastructure, as well as coaching for young and upcoming e-sports athletes. In his final remark, Suji added that in the near future, the game will be added to such leagues as football, cricket and basketball, matching their scale, fan base, and craze.
Revenant E-sports’ Founder and Current CEO, Rohit Jagasia, Responds
Rohit Jagasia, who is the CEO of Revenant E-sports, said it was a great day for the e-sports industry in the country. The combined efforts of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports along with the e-sports fraternity had finally paid off. He added that this was a revolutionary decision that will put India among the global leaders in global e-sports as well as improve the landscape of the game by providing funding, infrastructure, education and exposure for software. Rohit expects 2023 to be the start of India’s golden era in e-sports.
Mr. Animesh Agarwal, the Founder and CEO of 8bit Creatives
Mr. Animesh Agarwal, who runs 8bit Creatives and is a former e-sports athlete, said that the gaming fraternity in the country welcomed the news of the classification of the sport. He added that it was the result of years of the gaming community’s collective efforts. Agarwal noted that the game had already achieved medal status at the Asian Games and Olympics. Therefore, its recognition by the government was overdue. The recognition showed that e-sports is a serious sport that would put India on the map of professional gamers.