Electronic sports (commonly called E-sports) is one of the fast growing forms of entertainment. Just like any other sport, there is a huge audience who cheer as their favourite professional team takes the global stage to compete in tournaments. With broadband connectivity and local servers finally entering the roots of India, the “at-home” gaming audience is finally emerging out in various local competitions and events to showcase their gaming talents. The gaming industry is going mainstream like their physical counterparts. While for some the trend of professional gaming has just arrived, there are others who say it is already here.
We at iLLGaming took our questions about the Indian E-sports realm to someone who is right in the middle of Indian professional gaming scene, namely, “Team Brutality.” Brutality is an Indian professional eSports team that is a registered team for CS:GO, Tekken and Need For Speed, Track Mania Series, Forza Mortor Sports and other games. Before we start however, introductions are in order.
The team was formed by a few aficionados of the multiplayer tactical shooter game Counter Strike: Global Offence. They gained formal recognition in 2010 as they beat the top players while at the LAN Championship in Chitkara University (Chandigarh, India). Since then the team has grown to become a leading face in the CS:GO community in India with their reputation and stature preceding them. They aim to become one of the top teams in Asia and represent India and Asia both at the world stage. Recently, they become the only team from India to qualify for the ESEA Season 19 Asia Pacific League where they will have to play against some top Asian giants in the next three months. You can track their matches from their profile page and on the ESEA site. Read more about the team members and list of awards on their Facebook page.
Currently the team is sponsored by five different brands: Gunnar Optiks, Antec, Zotac, Zion Ram and G2A.com. The team is in talks with a sixth International sponsor and would make a formal announcement in June.