India becomes e-sports gaming hub with Valorant, BGMI tournaments

While still in its infancy compared to the US, China and Japan, investors are betting on huge growth in Indian esports -- powered by one of the world's youngest populations and cheap mobile data

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Alex Gabriel Simon | Bloomberg
Next to a primary school and a shabby playground in India’s financial capital Mumbai stands a plush four-story building that’s home to the world’s newest breed of athlete. 
 
More than 20 young “streamers” in residence spend their day playing video games, training hard for televised esports tournaments that draw in millions of viewers. Equipped with bunkbeds, cubicles and a kitchen with a full-time chef, the gaming house is one of many popping up around the country -- testament to the explosive growth of an industry that’s attracting investment from around the world.

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First Published: Nov 19 2022 | 8:55 AM IST

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