Interview With TeamXSpark’s Esca: “It is about my passion and how I want to prove myself in the industry”
Words for fans and aspiring pros
Esca shared how players should approach their esports career. He stated that players should aim to strike a balance in everything that they do, without compromising on anything. “I think esports is not really easy, considering the kind of mindset Indian parents have. But I would say that you should never give up and keep trying. You don’t know; even I didn’t know my first LAN would be on New State Mobile, comparing the fact that I have been playing PUBG Mobile professionally since 2017, and I have played numerous tournaments, but I never got to play LAN. After five years of hard work, somehow, today, I am here. It is not easy. You can’t compromise other things in your life; you can’t compromise your studies and other stuff,” he said. “You have to balance it out. I’m not saying you have to completely give up something to gain another thing. You have to balance out and have to keep working on the esports part until you get to that place where you can pursue it as a career.”
Following this, he revealed that he is still struggling in his esports career. “I think I’m still struggling. I’m still struggling to find my place in this community. But I would say getting the recognition, being able to leave an impact in the community so that you can be a part of it, that’s the biggest challenge.”
Esca also shared what his family thought about him pursuing a career in esports, and how he convinced them. “In the beginning, they didn’t understand what was happening and definitely didn’t agree. So I just had to keep doing it secretly, without letting them know I was doing it until I managed to do something that made them happy. Once I did it, I showed it to them and told them I could do this. That’s when they said it was okay, I can do it, and if I find success, I can continue it, and if I don’t, then I have to go through their plans,” he said. “I’m still in the middle of proving myself to my parents. They haven’t completely agreed, but they aren’t rejecting the whole idea. They have allowed me but asked me to manage other things as well,” he added.
Esca talked about how he felt when he first won actual prize money through the game. “My first prize money was back in 2017 or 2018. It was in the very first tournament of PUBG Mobile, the Star Challenge. That’s when I got something around $500 USD. I didn’t even know I could earn money this way. I managed to go to the semi-finals of the tournament, and according to the prize pool, every team was getting $500 USD,” he said. He revealed that he bought gifts for his parents from the $500 he won and also bought something for himself. He said he was happy about it as he was making money out of gaming, which he was passionate about.
Esca also revealed that the first thing he purchased with his prize money was a pen tablet. “It is kind of hilarious because the first thing I purchased with the prize money was a tool for studying. I bought a pen tablet because I was doing graduation in animation, and you needed a pen tablet for designing and stuff,” he said.
Esca was nostalgic as he recalled his esports journey so far and thanked his fans. “I would just like to say thank you very much; to all the OG fans who have been supporting me throughout the journey. So many people were happy about me joining Team XSpark. The fact that I have been struggling for the past five years and finally got some opportunities because of how big a name Xspark is. Some fans were disappointed that I left BGMI as they wanted me to continue playing BGMI, and some were happy that I shifted to New State. I want to say that it is not only about the game; it is about my passion and how I want to prove myself in the industry,” Esca said.
The pro player promised to give his best shot moving forward and to make his fans proud.