India is the second-most
populated country in the world, and behind these busy streets,
there’s a new interest on the rise –
professional gaming. While some gamers are gaining
popularity around the world, here in India, they’re
just getting started. I want to see the struggles
they have here, as a gamer, in India and if being a gamer
in India is anything like being a gamer in the United States. Slow internet speeds
and a lack of consoles haven’t stopped Indians of
trying their best in the rising sport of professional gaming. (OLYMPIC OUTPOSTS (PRESENTED BY BRIDGESTONE) (INDIA, MUMBAI) My name is Doug Martin,
also known as FaZe Censor, and I’ve been playing
video games my whole life. I travelled all the way to
the other side of the world, to Mumbai, to see how
Indians are competing in professional gaming. Team Brutality is the number
one ranked team here in India. I’m going to go meet up with
V3nom, also known as Ankit, captain of Team Brutality.
Let’s go. – Ankit.
– Yeah, bro. – Nice to meet you, man.
– Same here, man. – This your spot?
– Yeah, this is my place. – Let’s go inside.
– Let’s go. Yeah, this is my room. This is awesome, dude.
This is really cool. So I started playing video
games when I was eight years old,
maybe. When did you start
playing video games? I started when I was
15 years old, yeah. There was a new cafe
opened in my building. I didn’t know that it was a
gaming cafe till I went inside. And that’s when I thought
that, OK, this is something that I can do. So how long do you play,
again? Like six, seven hours? So normally, on an average,
around four to five hours every day. But before tournaments, we
shoot it up to eight hours. If you are a professional
player, and if you have to compete in
tournaments, you have to keep learning
the game. That’s what it’s all about.
I do the same exact thing. I just can’t help but
think, we literally live across the world
from each other, but we live, like,
the same exact life. What internet connection
do you guys have here? So I have three
internet connections because in
tournaments, basically, you are disqualified for that
if your internet goes down. So I didn’t want
to take that risk. So dude, your set-up is dope. What’s your favourite
thing about your set-up? I personally like my
new Corsair 500D – cabinet obsidian. It’s beautiful. When I started, I had to
struggle a lot because I didn’t have a computer, and
I used to go and play at a friend’s place. When my parents,
I could convince them that you need to buy me
a second-hand computer, also, if you can. We had to save a lot
to get that computer. So having my own set-up now
is very emotional for me. Gaming’s not my only passion.
I also like to go to the gym. You want to work out with
me? Well, sure. Let’s go. So usually what I like to do
in my routine is I wake up. I get some food. I go to the
gym and I go straight into gaming. Can you take me through
one of your routines? – Yeah, definitely. Let’s go.
– Let’s do it, man. Let’s see what you got, Ankit. This guy’s repping
this out right now. You’re toying with
these weights. I’m going to take
Ankit through one of my favourite ever workouts. My buddy back in the
US showed me this. Let’s see if Ankit can keep up. Oh, my lord. Oh, my God. – That burns, right?
– This is not easy. Let’s go. One more.
How do you feel? – Oh.
– Good? I don’t feel anything.
My God. Five years ago, when I
first started working out, I couldn’t even
get this one time. People used to pick on me
and say that I was too skinny, and they didn’t want to hang
out with me because I was frail. So I just used all that towards
motivation going into the gym. I still game hard, but I
train every single day, too. People think that gamers
are not fit, and they smoke, they drink, all these bad
habits. They’re not fitness freaks. But in India, I
want to change that. I kind of love
fitness, and that’s what I’m trying to promote. Did they ever pick
on you as a kid? They used to call me skeleton.
They used to call me hanger. – What do they call you now?
– Just V3nom. They just don’t say anything?
Just V3nom? – Just V3nom.
– I like that. All right, man. This was
awesome. We had a good lift. I came all the way to India
to see how you guys game. Can you take me
to a gaming cafe? Definitely. Let’s go. All right, guys. I’m here, outside my first
gaming cafe in India. Ankit from Team
Brutality has already set up a match with his team. We’re going to go inside
and check them out. Yo, so is this the squad? I’m V3nom. I’m the entry
fragger of the team. This guy is RiX. He’s the AWPer of the team. He’s Juventa.
And he’s the in-game leader. And he’s Astarr. He’s the lurker of the team. Our fifth has exams today, so
he’s not here, unfortunately. So what you’re trying to say
is that this is going to be – like my tryout then, right?
– Yes, could be. So you could show me what
you got, and maybe I could – Definitely, if
you wish to, yeah. All right. Cool.
Let’s do it, bro. – You got it?
– Yeah. So you guys don’t want to use
the stuff that they have here? No, because every cafe
has a different set-up, so basically we practise
with our own set-up at home, also when we are
playing tournaments. So you’re more
comfortable using this. More comfortable
using our own set-ups. I got you, bro. So the guys are all set up
now. They’re all ready to go. This is my first time
here in a gaming cafe. I’m really excited. Let’s get started. OK. We are going live in 20
seconds. Follow us. Follow us. I’m flying in. Let’s go. I hit him. He’s weak. Two guys.
Two guys rushing me. – I’m covering your back.
– I got him. I got him. Oh! Give me that! Let’s go! Oh, my God. – Ankit, let’s go.
– Nice. It’s overtime.
Your team needs you, dude. I got to see what you got, OK? Let’s do it, man. Not the best game,
not the worst game. It’s a lot of fun playing
with these guys, though. Oh! Let’s go! Let’s go, boys. How important are these
cafes to the future of gaming
in India? Well, the cafe life in
India is very important. Over 80% to 90% of
the gamer is under 20. They cannot afford a
high-spec gaming PC. And the second thing
is parents’ permission is a very crucial
thing in India. They don’t get their
parents’ permission, so they have to go
to a gaming cafe to play video games. Because parents think that
this is not the future. But it’s changing
now, hopefully. So when Team
Brutality started, how did you get from where it
started to where it is now? In the beginning, no-one knew
us, right? No-one expected us to
win any tournaments. But then, when we suddenly
came and won the tournament, then people got suspicious. And they thought that
these guys are hacking. No-one can just
come out of nowhere and then beat the
best team in India. And then, they saw, no, these
guys actually play good. All right, guys.
That was a lot of fun. This has been an
awesome day so far. I want to go check out another
gaming cafe. You guys down? – Yeah, let’s do that.
– All right. Let’s do it, bro. All right, guys.
The last cafe was awesome. Where we headed to next? So this the Level Up
Cafe in New Bombay. So basically, these guys
host the regional qualifiers for the bigger events. So let’s go in
and have some fun. – Let’s play a match.
– Yeah, let’s go. Guys, I’m here in
Level Up gaming cafe. I got Team Brutality
over here on my left. And as you guys know, I am
their honorary fifth man today. I’m trying out for their spot. And I got another
squad over here. So we’re going to face
off against this team in the back room, over there.
Let’s do it. We’re going to play
first to 10 rounds. Let’s go. Oh. I wasn’t watching their
back and they accosted us. Let’s go.
They can come from here. They can come from here – both
sides. Good job. Good job. These guys are
crushing it right now. Four more rounds. Nice. Playing my second
game with the team. I feel a lot more comfortable. It’s definitely a lot
easier playing now. One more round.
Let’s go. Ooh. We’ve got this, bro. Nice. Well played, guys,
well played. Well played. Good games. I heard that this
is a champ here, so I’m going be taking
him on in a one-v-one. All right. Good luck, man.
Let’s do it. Oh, you’re right behind me. Oh, my goodness. He keeps noob tubing me! I’m running away.
I’m getting away from him. Oh, he got me. Oh! I won.
Ah, you did good. Guys, thank you so much
for having me, by the way. I had a blast. I’ve been fortunate to play
video games my whole life. But coming to India is
definitely an eye-opening experience. Dude, this is our gift to you. Awesome. Thanks, man. Going to Ankit’s house and
seeing his gaming set-up, it’s really similar to mine. But going to a gaming cafe
is something I’ve never seen in the United States. There’s many different
struggles to be a gamer here, in India – finding a
PC, getting a console, and even getting a good
internet connection so you can compete
on a universal scale. Overall, it was an
awesome experience, seeing how players
here in India game. And I definitely
know that I’ll be seeing more people from India
competing in tournaments in the future.