Saransh Jain, a 17 year old FIFA eSports Professional from Pune, broke into the scene when he won the first GamingMonk Championship Series in Pune. He immediately became a known figure in the FIFA scene, if you haven’t heard his name yet, you probably haven’t faced him or seen him play, we personally did & it didn’t end well (3-0)
He’s looked upon as one of the most talented players the country has to offer. After dominating the offline scene he immediately stepped into the online realm & made his mark there as well, bagging more than 60,000 INR over a period of 3 months (Both online & offline) & consistently topping the monthly leaderboards. Easier said than done!
Let’s take a closer look into his journey.
Q.1) Let’s begin with your introduction. Tell us a bit about yourself?
A.1) “My name is Saransh Jain, I am 17 years old and I belong to Pune. I started playing FIFA Tournaments on the portal in December 2017.”
Q.2) Alright, so Saransh can you describe your overall experience playing the tournaments at the portal over these months?
A.2) “It’s been an amazing journey so far. I have had a really good experience playing against some of the top eSports players in the country, each having a unique style of play, I started with a free trial on the portal, my first tournament being a 1v1 Silver Series. I didn’t have enough confidence back then to actually go out and win it, but I somehow managed to. One thing led to another and I eventually finished third in the December leader board. The very fact that some of the best players compete on this portal and I bagged the 3rd position amongst them gave me a motivation boost. Despite the fact that I lacked enough experience since I had just started and most of my competitors were regular players and had years of experience, I decided to grind it out and aimed to become the best! I started playing all the tournaments, Bronze Series, Silver Series, FUT. All these really helped me in becoming better and better with every passing day and eventually making me the eSports player I am.”
Q.3 Well that was truly one hell of a journey, apart from money you’re also earning bragging rights from these tournaments, what would you like to say about that?
A.3) “I never began with the intention of earning money. I started because I’ve always loved to compete in gaming tournamen
ts. The cash prizes which I received was just an icing on the cake & makes me keep at it. Recognition is something every eSports player hopes for, so it’s always a plus”
Q.4) What are your opinions on the current situation of eSports industry in India?
A.4) “People in India don’t realise the importance of eSports, its potential is really undervalued at the moment and I think it will take few more years for it to reach its peak, but if you’re a good player and can back yourself up, there’s a lot of potential to be uncovered along with growth in the field .”
Q.5) What is your parents’ viewpoint on your participation in these tournaments?
A.5) “I’m lucky that my parents are very supportive. When they saw me winning tournaments, their faith in me and their support increased a lot, they support this hobby of mine which is now my passion, they take it in a very positive way, breaking the myth centred around eSports or Gaming in general”
Q.6) Alright. So before we end this, do you have any message for your fellow eSports players?
A.6) “I would like to advise them to start now, if they believe that they have the potential a when it comes to gaming! I recommend everyone to gain experience playing on the portal and who knows, they can soon become the best! It’s time for the young people to come out and shimmer, a lot of new faces are coming up & with the infrastructure which GamingMonk is actively trying to bring for our players, the dream isn’t too far”
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