Vivek standing beside his gaming rig Image: Vivek Vikram Singh
To the outside world, Vivek Vikram Singh is the director and owner of Prakash Lights — a successful electrical goods company which also manufactures OEM bulbs for international companies like Eveready, Philips etc. Sounds quite a busy job right? Because it is. However, running a full-scale business hasn't stopped the 31-year-old from dedicating as much time as possible to his original passion — gaming.
Vivek's company is structured like a well-oiled machine to make sure he can dedicate as much time to gaming as possible and the huge FIFA-fan also owns a killer gaming setup in his room. T2 Online caught up with the busy businessman-gamer for a chat about his undying passion.
When did your passion for gaming start?
I started gaming in school around 14 years ago. It began with the laptop and then I moved to console gaming.
What do you exactly do?
We are into electrical goods manufacturing. We make fans, LEDs, wires for Pan India. We also manufacture OEM s like bulbs for Eveready, Philips and other companies. We have three factories and over 800 people are employed with us.
How many hours do you game in a day?
Around 12 - 14 hours a day. Sometimes, when I am playing a game like Call of Duty, I want to finish the campaign mode as soon as possible.
Whats your daily schedule and how do you manage the time?
I don't have a schedule and I don't go to office daily. I have hired some very good managers which makes it easy for me to work remotely. But when work calls, I am there.
You spent a lot on your gaming setup. Can you walk us through it?
I made my gaming room five years ago. The Tv costs Rs 7.5 lakh, Bose speakers cost Rs 2 lakh. I also own games worth over Rs 2 lakh.
How tough is it to balance your life as a gamer and your business?
It’s not so tough as I finish work on time and always get time for gaming.
What was your gaming schedule like before you joined the business?
I have always been a gamer at heart, so business hasn’t really stopped me from pursuing my passion. I dedicate whatever time I want to take out towards gaming. This is so from even before I joined my business.
Did you ever want to become a pro gamer or get into a gaming-related profession?
I have never done gaming as a professional. Although I’ve played with professionals. I hope a get the chance to do it professionally someday though, as I feel I have the skillset to become one.
If there was one game you could carry with you to an island, what would it be?
Apart from gaming do you like anything?
I love car rallies and have been participating for the last six months. I even finished second in the last one I participated in.