Manasvi Dalvi started gaming when she was in Class I Image: Facebook
Nineteen-year-old Manasvi Dalvi wears many hats. She is a law student, a national-level athlete in discus throw and shot put and a self-proclaimed meme lord. Above all, she's a die-hard gamer, who streams on Zion RAM India.
This teenager has been quite an all-rounder since her school days. T2 Online caught up with Manasvi to know more about her gaming journey.
When did you first start gaming?
I started gaming when I was in the first standard. As I had working parents, they used to always encourage me to pursue extra-curricular activities. As a kid, I used to attend judo classes, gymnastics, singing classes, learnt classical dance and musical instruments, skating and what not. I remember throwing tantrums when my dad used to leave me with my nanny during summer vacations.
So, one night, dad came home with one of those TV video game consoles with 9,999 games. It was only owned by the coolest kids in school. I couldn't be happier. Since then, I've been hooked to video games and my passion for gaming has only increased.
What are the key necessities for a person to start a streaming channel?
Streamers are entertainers for youngsters. Who watches daily soaps these days? If you want to start streaming, the key is to just start. Don’t keep telling yourself that you don’t have a good enough setup or your gaming quality isn’t good and stuff like that. Forget that there's a camera in front of you. Your most natural reactions are what your viewers enjoy the most. React the way you normally would off the stream. Just have fun, that's what it's all about.
Tell us about the ups and downs of your gaming career, and how you coped with them.
I just started streaming for a brand and it’s been fun. But even on the few occasions I’ve streamed, I’ve got huge support and feedback. At times, I was overwhelmed. It’s just about enjoying the journey. I’ve got some opportunities coming my way, which I am really excited and thankful about. Talking about the lows, there are always some miserable trolls who try to put you down. You’ll always see the same bunch of people trying to make things worse for everyone. And that’s how you know these are just attention-hungry people who need to be ignored.
What are your favourite leisure activities?
Reading books and posting memes. I'm a total bibliophile and can go on for days without human interaction if I have good books and food with me. Also, I like watching walk-throughs of the games that I can't afford and the ones which my PC won't support.
Did your family support you at the start?
Not really, I won't say they completely support me even now. But I have an understanding with my mother. As long as I am not messing up my academics, I can continue gaming. When I made them watch Ucypher on TV, that's when they realised gaming has become a lot more than just a bunch of kids wasting time. My dad is still pretty unconvinced, but I'm sure he will come around once he sees me doing well.
There are not many female pro gamers in India, while there are many abroad. Why do you think that's the case?
I really don't know how to answer this one. If my opinion proves to be too strong, I'll be labelled a "feminist". But, for now, let's just talk about girls who are into gaming. The thing is, when we compare India to the Western countries, the difference is quite stark. They're no doubt technologically advanced and that plays a major role because having a good setup and Internet isn't an issue for them. And to be honest, Indian upbringing is way more restrictive compared to most foreign countries.
Many girls in India still don't have the freedom and support for higher education. So, supporting them to enter a male-dominated industry is a far cry. Girls who do play games don't want anything to do with the gaming scene because of the way they are treated. I mean I'm not saying they should be given special treatment or anything. Why not just consider them as your fellow gamers?