Battlegrounds Mobile India Launch Party Breaks Records As Fans Question Lack of South Indian Team Representation [UPDATE]
Update: story updated at 5:01pm IST on July 8, 2021 with comment from Trinity Gaming regarding Battlegrounds Mobile India South Indian representation.
The ongoing Battlegrounds Mobile India live stream for Krafton’s Launch Party has been met with an incredible response with the Hindi broadcast seeing upto 444,000 concurrent viewers. However at the same time, the community has wondered why there are no South Indian teams.
A cursory check through either Hindi or English stream shows off a host of comments questioning the lack of South Indian teams and players. It’s a perplexing omission when you consider how careful Krafton usually is when it comes to organising fan events like this.
487K + Watching 🔥❤️ pic.twitter.com/h8NrUNSBvT
— Narayan (@alwaysfocus11) July 8, 2021
Nonetheless, it appears that the teams that were brought on board for the Battlegrounds Mobile India launch party were not directly approached by Krafton.
Sources tell IGN India that Delhi-based Trinity Gaming. The firm manages over 250 content creators in the country and is a familiar face in the country’s growing esports and gaming space.
A recent LinkedIn post from co-founder Abhishek Aggarwal implies that Trinity was involved in some way. And while this oversight may have been a genuine error from Trinity’s side, it’s perplexing how Krafton signed off on this altogether. Hopefully the company is better prepared for its upcoming esports events.
We’ve reached out to Krafton and Trinity Gaming for comment. While the BGMI maker is notorious for not responding to anything at all, Trinity’s gracious enough to offer its side of the story.
“Snax, Maxtern, Godnixon and ClashUnivers who are part of this launch party do reside in South India and technically it’s not correct to state that there is no representation from down south,” says Abhishek Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO, Trinity Gaming to IGN India over email. “As a talent management company, we encouraged inclusivity and have always supported the gamers across India. Gaming is not confined to any particular region or state, it’s universal in nature, which makes this industry so diversified yet united.”
This isn’t the first time publishers have got into hot water with fans in the Indian subcontinent. Recently Singapore-based Free Fire ran afoul with fans of the game in Nepal for ignoring the country in the recent Free Fire Tri-Series.
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