The first esports arena in India will be developed as a result of a partnership between the esports organisation MOGO and Somaiya Vidyavihar University (SVU). This would give students a platform to choose esports as a career.
Recently, MOGO spent Rs. 8 crore to construct a new arena that can comfortably hold more than 500 spectators.
“Our focus was creating a platform for students who could choose Esports as a career. We have also joined hands with SVU to start an Esports academy with qualified Esports coaches. This will commence in November 2022. We hope to see many more universities take the same approach,” said Sunny Bhandarkar, CEO, MOGO Esports.
Within the following two years, the new esports arena will be finished.
“Esports is the fastest growing sport in the world and requires skill and we look forward to making Somaiya an Esports hub,” said Aazaz Khan, Director, Somaiya Sports Academy of Somaiya Vidyavihar University.
In interviews with several media sites, Bhandarkar claimed that India has a wealth of esports talent at the grassroots level that deserves assistance and development.
He also said that the DOTA 2 team from India’s performance, which won the bronze medal, will be the biggest confidence booster for aspiring Esports players.
The popularity of this expanding ecosystem has increased significantly over the past few years, and for the first time, it will be featured as a medal event at the upcoming Asian Games, which will take place in China in 2023.
From 7.6 billion in 2020 to 9.7 billion in 2021, the Esports industry’s revenue climbed by 27%.