Prachi Rajnath Yadav

How did you venture into the online gaming space? Which online games do you play regularly? What gaming platforms do you primarily use? (PC, console, mobile) How many hours do you typically spend gaming each week?
1. I ventured into the online gaming space during my college years. While I had an interest in gaming before, I didn't have the proper PC or gear to compete with other players. To overcome this, I frequently visited gaming cafés, even occasionally bunking college, to learn and play CS 1.6 and participate in tournaments. There's also an interesting story related to this journey that I'd love to share with you all later. 2. I regularly play Valorant, dedicating time to improve my skills and strategies. In addition to playing, I also focus on creating content related to the game, sharing tips, gameplay highlights, and tutorials with the community. 3. My primary gaming platform is PC, which I prefer over other options due to its versatility and performance. I typically spend 20-25 hours each week gaming, balancing my time between improving my skills, engaging in competitive play, and creating content.
For how many years have you been playing online games?
I've been gaming for the last 14 years and have been actively involved in online games for the past 6-7 years.
What are your educational qualifications?
I have completed a bachelor's degree in Computer Application and am currently pursuing a master's degree in computer application.
What skills do you think are required to play online games?
Alongside technical skills such as aim, communication, and strategic thinking, maintaining strong mental resilience is paramount in online gaming. It's crucial to stay focused and positive, supporting teammates through challenging moments rather than becoming discouraged by setbacks. This mindset not only enhances the gaming experience but also fosters personal growth and effective teamwork.
Does playing online game form part of your daily life? is it a part of your livelihood?
Playing online games is a significant part of my daily life and a passion I actively pursue. While it enriches my personal interests however, I aspire to earn from it in the future, but at present, it is not a part of my livelihood.
What are your preferred kind of online games? What factors do you consider before putting money into any online game?
I prefer FPS games like Valorant and strategic multiplayer games. While I haven't spent much on video games, when considering purchases, I prioritize factors such as whether the purchase is worthwhile. I also wait for community feedback and assess the value of in-game purchases in relation to enhancing my gaming experience and progression.
What skills are required to succeed in an online gaming tournament?
To succeed in an online gaming tournament, mental resilience is crucial as it allows players to stay focused and perform under pressure, increasing their chances of victory. Additionally, mastering mechanical skills through consistent training is essential for handling various in-game challenges effectively. Understanding the current meta, including recent updates and trends, is also vital as it influences gameplay strategies and optimal decisions during matches.
Have you ever experienced financial fraud or scams related to online gaming? What measures do you think should be implemented to prevent financial exploitation in online gaming?
I have not personally experienced financial fraud or scams related to online gaming. However, I believe several measures should be implemented to prevent financial exploitation in online gaming. Firstly, game developers should enforce robust security protocols to protect users' financial information. Secondly, there should be clear and transparent information about in-game purchases, including their costs and benefits.
Community Engagement: Do you actively participate in gaming communities or forums? How important do you think community engagement is for the online gaming community?
I actively participate in a few gaming communities and forums. I believe community engagement is crucial for the online gaming community as it fosters knowledge sharing, support, and a sense of belonging among gamers.
What do you think about addiction and dependency on online gaming?
I believe it's important to enjoy video games but also to maintain control over potential addiction. It's crucial not to spend excessive hours, such as playing for 12 hours straight, and to balance gaming with personal life and other responsibilities. Even if you are earning from gaming, it's essential to have a healthy balance.
Are you aware of the existing laws and regulations related to online gaming in your country? Do you think there should be more regulations to protect gamers' rights and safety online?
I am not very familiar with the existing laws and regulations related to online gaming, but I am eager to learn more about them. I believe that having a deeper understanding of these laws is important for ensuring gamers' rights and safety online. Additionally, I think there should be more comprehensive regulations to address issues such as data privacy, financial security, and protection against harassment and abuse.
If there is one thing about the online gaming industry you can convey to the government, what would it be?
I believe that women's safety in the online gaming industry needs to be prioritized. From my experience, some gaming communities can be very toxic, often displaying disrespect towards women and doubting their ability to compete in FPS games. The situation is worsened by serious issues such as rape threats. I would urge the government to address these women’s safety concerns and implement measures to create a safer and more inclusive environment for all gamers.
Are there any tournaments you have won or gaming achievements you would like to share with us ?
I have participated in numerous tournaments, including several at the college level. Notably, I secured 2nd place in a Counter-Strike 1.6 tournament at my college in 2018. More recently, I won a Valorant tournament, also held at my college. Additionally, I competed in the AORUS Women's Tournament, where my team and I reached Stage 3. Although we didn't win, it was an invaluable experience and a testament to our teamwork and dedication.

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