Kiran Noojibail has been gaming since he was 8 years old Image: Facebook
Kiran Noojibail, a 30-year-old Bangalorean, gave up his techie life to follow his passion for gaming. Having started off as a shoutcaster, he has moved ahead to not only become one of the best shoutcasters in India but is also the director of eSports and broadcasting at LXG, one of the best end-to-end gaming solution providers in India.
Here's a quick chat with Noojibail.
How does your family feel about your gaming career?
Initially, they weren't very supportive. I had to put in countless hours of practice to be good at what I do and initially took up projects without any pay. Once I started to get recognised for my work, my parents became very supportive.
How do the long hours in the gaming scene affect your personal life?
Gaming has been an integral part of both my personal and professional life. It includes long work hours, no day offs, but being a hardcore gamer by heart, I enjoyed every bit of it. But moving ahead, I have to spare some personal time since I recently got married.
How did your gaming career start off?
I always wanted to pursue shoutcasting for DOTA 2. So, when RageQuit Championship announced a try-out for new casters for their Season 3 in April 2015, I went ahead and gave my audition. 12 people out of 13 thought I had potential and I got my first shoutcasting gig. Coincidentally at the same time, I happened to stumble across LXG and had a discussion with Aravind and Shravanth and started working at the studio there immediately.
Do you play games outside your work? If yes, what?
Yup. It's mostly DOTA2, CSGO, PUBG, AOV — the games I shoutcast. I also like to check out the new AAA titles when I have time.
What is your opinion on the growing Dota 2 scene in India?
I think we have Indian players today who can take top SEA players heads on in terms of skill. But we still have some way to go as far as teamwork is concerned before we can taste international success.
What are the differences between the Asian Dota 2 and the Indian scene and what are the similarities?
The only difference I see is the thirst to win everything and be the best.
Noojibail feels the day the general public starts watching eSports on mainstream media, the industry will boom Image: Facebook
Would you pick the pro gaming scene over the casting scene? Why or why not?
I would always pick the casting scene over the pro gaming scene for two reasons. One, I never was skilled enough to be a professional player. Two, I am a trained public speaker. Couple that with knowledge of eSports titles and it is a no-brainer that shoutcasting is my strong suit in gaming.
What would you say to someone who wants to get into the casting scene? Where should they start?
Watch international matches, learn the game in detail and keep practising and getting better. Initially, you will face many obstacles like hate comments from viewers and low/no pay for your work. Don't let that faze you. If you keep at it, you will be successful. Discipline is also very important.
Why do you think eSports in India lacks exposure and no one talks about it?
It is primarily because there is minimal awareness among the general public about eSports and the happenings are mostly followed only by the gaming community. The day the general public starts watching eSports on mainstream media, the industry will boom.