Gamers! What better way to start the New Year than with India Gaming Show! The video games extravaganza organised by CII is making its way back, after a successful first year. The 2018 edition will be known as the India Gaming Show South and it will take place in Bangalore, Karnataka at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center from 19-21 January 2018. Like its predecessor, the India Gaming Show South will shine the spotlight on the video gaming industry in the country as well as the region.
Introduced in 2017 by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt. of India, in association with NODWIN Gaming, the India Gaming Show aims at energising the video games sector in the country. This year, the event takes place in the technological hub of the country, Bangalore and promises to unlock a new level for the gaming industry.
The three-day event will play host to multiple conferences, panel discussions, activations, launches and much more. An exhibition will also run alongside and will feature stalls by leading game publishers and peripheral manufacturers such as Konami, Sony, GIGABYTE, HyperX and others. This will allow visitors access to premium experience zones, merchandise, gaming peripherals as well as new developments in the field of video games.
One of the many highlights of the India Gaming Show South will be the Esports Arena. For those who do not know, Esports is competitive gaming with the flair of traditional sports. According to latest reports by gaming research firm, SuperData, the global esports market is valued at a whopping $1.5 billion. India has a big part to play in the future of esports given the demographic advantage the country possess. Fostering the development of esports in the country, is an indigenous company, NODWIN Gaming. With several successful esports tournaments and activations under its belt, NODWIN Gaming has helped bridge the global esports experience with the local. The Esports Arena at the India Gaming Show South will be curated and managed by NODWIN Gaming. Several activities have been planned, which is bound to enthral and pique the interest of the visiting crowds.
The Esports Arena by NODWIN Gaming will give visitors a chance to experience an assortment of popular and trusted competitive gaming events in the country. First-off is the ESL India Premiership which is the flagship esports tournament in the country. Introduced in 2016, ESL India Premiership conducts year-long esports tournaments for the games of CS:GO, DOTA 2 and Clash Royale. Meanwhile, the KO Fight Night is an ingenious fighting game genre-oriented tournament with multi-city activations.
Finally, on the newer side of things is the North East Esports Championship, which is an up and coming competitive gaming tournament focused on developing and promoting a sustainable esports environment in the 8 northeastern Indian states. Also, with esports quickly gaining legitimacy amongst traditional sports circles, it will not be long before we see gamers vying at the Olympics. Taking note of this development, the Esports Arena will feature a special segment on the upcoming IEM PyeongChang 2018, which takes place in February 2018.
This is also an opportunity for enthusiasts and fans to interact with the persons behind the esports phenomena in the country. NODWIN Gaming’s MD, Akshat Rathee will be present at the event, he will be accompanied by Anup Dustakar and Aditya Shah, who directly overlook the progress of the different competitive gaming projects. Similarly, visitors can also meet and greet top players and teams in the country including, the winner of the KO Fight Night 2017, Bhagwant “B3” Bagh, who also participated in the Brooklyn Beatdown tournament in New York, USA. Also available will be Varun “DemiLove” Immanuel Eddy, a top StarCraft II player in the country, who will soon go on to represent the country at the IEM PyeongChang in February.
Esports aside, the India Gaming Show South will also play host to allied activities such as cosplay, giveaways and much more. The Cosplay Contest is a video game themed one and it invites participants for the same. Those desiring to purchase premium esports merchandise can always visit the ingenious ESL Shop, which will be open on all three days of the event.
The India Gaming Show South promises to be a landmark event for the Indian video games scene. It aims to lay a strong foundation for the country’s video game industry as well as open up new avenues in employment and business for the country’s youth.