Indian Games Carnival is back

  • Chirag Mohanty Samal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Apr 03, 2012 11:37 IST
Come April 6 and gamers from different parts of the world will gather in the Capital, for The Indian Games Carnival. The three-day festival will comprise 17 tournaments in the digital and computer games section, where different international and national teams will vie for the top spot.

The carnival will include gaming favourites like Need for Speed, FIFA Soccer, Tekken, DotA, Counter-Strike, Hello, Pool, Poker, Angry Birds, and Call of Duty. Saurabh Khurana, the organiser of the festival says, “The main idea behind this festival is to bring virtual games to the mainstream and promote electronic sports. Indian gamers will get to compete on a bigger platform with international opponents. It will act as a learning experience for them also, as there aren’t many such international carnivals happening in India.”
Ben Varghese, the captain of ATE, the current no 1 Indian team according to WCG (World Cyber Gaming), is the brand ambassador of the carnival. “I represent the community of gamers and I feel they put in a lot of hard work and sacrifices to excel in it, but they do not earn as much as their counterparts abroad. This carnival will give away a lot of money to finalists, which will be a huge encouragement for them,” says Verghese.

Gamers from countries like Malaysia, Russia, China and UAE will take part in the event. Akshay Danwani, a 21-year-old college student and a participant, says, “There are not many professional gamers in India. Gaming is something that mostly people follow as a hobby and not as a profession. Such platforms act as a huge encouragement. It will be a proud moment for a gamer to win the tournaments.”

Some gamers also feel that such events will help create awareness about the gaming industry. Anamika Mishra, a 20-year-old student, who has been a gamer for three years, says, “I am studying game programming, but there are not many people who know that they can take it up as a profession, by studying game designing or game art. The presence of exhibitors and product launches at the event will help educate people.”

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Indian Gaming Carnival
When: April 6 to 8
Time: 10am to 11pm
Where: Ayatti Resort, Greater Noida
Entry: Rs 500 per day, includes after party
Nearest Metro Station: Noida City Centre on the Yellow Line

Other gaming events in the city
BYOC or Bring Your Own Computers is a three-day festival that promises 60 hours of non-stop gaming. This gaming event, which is one of India’s largest and most popular, with 16 successful editions, is held twice a year with participation from all over the country.

Scheduled to kick off in the Capital in June, this event in addition to the tournament offers a complete package for  gaming enthusiasts, in the form of topical lectures, seminars, workshops, and exhibitions.

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