As per a report by FICCI-EY on the media and entertainment industry, in the year 2019, total number of online gamers in India rose by 31% to reach nearly 365 million. These figures are projected to reach 440 million by 2022.
Noticing the growing popularity of gaming in India, ASUS Republic of Gamers, a sub-brand of Taiwanese electronics company- ASUS, has recently introduced ROG Academy- a virtual training platform for gamers across the nation.
According to a statement by the company, the program will help in identifying PC gamers by screening them and extend a platform to improve their gaming skills and train them for competitive eSports tournaments that are held at the national and worldwide level.
In addition to the above, through this initiative, the electronics giant will be offering tournament-ready gaming equipment along with high-standard technology to gamers with a professional mentorship.
Arnold Su, Business Head, Consumer and Gaming PC, System Business Group, ASUS India, was reportedly quoted stating that, due to the prevailing coronavirus outbreak, the company has witnessed a permanent shift in the content consumption pattern of the people globally.
Su added that the increase in adoption of e-sports among the people in India, especially during the pandemic, has strengthened ASUS’s efforts towards investing in the future of the gaming industry in the country.
It is worth noting that, the latest ROG Academy offering by ASUS is a year-long program which is segmented into four sessions as per the quarter. The shortlisted teams along with players will undergo a selection process which is classified into different phases. Additionally, this will lead to six players becoming a part of a three-month session during the first quarter.
Apparently, ASUS ROG will also provide an ex-gratia of INR 1 lakh to all the final six players after the successful completion of their three-month training period.
Seemingly, gamers will receive monetary compensation of INR 15,000 as a stipend along with a monthly bonus during the training.