Brazil trip, Rs 8.5 lakh and a family: Free Fire India Today League winners live their dreams
Winners of Free Fire League - Prakash Bharvad, Vivek Choudhary, Krupesh Choudhary and Radhe Thakur (Rajwant Rawat Photo)
- Team Nawabzade won Free Fire India Today League on Saturday in New Delhi
- The 4 youngsters from Gujarat will now represent India in the Free Fire World Series final in Brazil in Nov
- Team Nawabzade members started playing the Battle Royale game a couple of years ago
Prakash Bharvad, Vivek Choudhary, Krupesh Choudhary and Radhe Thakur are professional gamers from Gujarat. They hadn't met or interacted with each other until they became GJ Radhe Bhai, VRC 100, GJ Jigar and GJ Radhe on Free Fire, one of the biggest Battle Royale games available on smartphones.
The 4 youngsters from Gujarat fell in love with Free Fire within months of beginning to play the cracking Battle Royale game a couple of years ago.
When they started out to play the hugely popular game, little did they know they would become a "family". Little did they know they would beat close to 35,000 teams and become India's most successful Free Fire team. Little did they know, they would represent India in the Free Fire World Series Final in Brazil in November 2019.
Nawabzade, a team of 4 from Gujarat, won Free Fire India Today League, the country's biggest Battle Royale tournament, on Saturday at Siri Fort in New Delhi. Prakash, Vivek, Krupesh and Radhe took home Rs 8.5 lakh and tickets to Brazil to represent the country.
"We are honoured to represent India in Brazil. It was our dream to win Free Fire India Today League. We were confident from the start. All 12 teams had some amazing players but we knew we would be able to win the tournament. The exposure that we gained when we went to Jakarta in August helped us here," Prakash told indiatoday.in on Saturday.
Team Nawabzade win Free Fire India Today League, to represent India in Brazil. Nawabzade took home Rs 8.5 Lakh while the 2nd and 3rd team won Rs 4 Lakh and Rs 2 Lakh respectively.#FreeFireITL#ITPhotoblogpic.twitter.com/zmPydctiT0India Today (@IndiaToday) October 12, 2019
"Before we started playing Free Fire, we did not know each other. We connected via our virtual names. We meet regularly now. In fact, we have become a family," Prakash added.
Nawabzade, just like the other finalists, has youngsters in the team. Prakash, who runs his own business back in Gujarat, is the most vocal member of the team which also has a couple of teenagers.
Nawabzade were among the 12 teams who made it to the grand finale of Free Fire India Today League after countrywide qualifiers that extended to 15 days in September.
They did not have the brightest of starts in the big final on Saturday as they finished series 1 with 0 kills. However, they picked up pace and stormed up the 12-team charts. Despite finishing poorly in the 8th and final series, Nawabzade were able to retain their winning lead and script history.
Stressing that they are fortunate enough to have had a platform like Free Fire India Today League to showcase their skills and get the deserved recognition.
In a richly populous country like India, the market for Esports is booming like never before. Despite umpteen Battle Royale games available on the market, a tournament of Free Fire India Today League's magnitude was a rarity.
48 players, on Saturday, had a platform to showcase their skills. Free Fire India Today League was live streamed across several content sharing platforms and thousands were at the Siri Fort to witness the grand finale.
The members of Nawabzade can feel the change in the Esports environment in the country. When they started out, their parents were against them staring at their phones for hours. Things have changed now.
"When we started playing Free Fire, our parents were worried as to where we were headed. However, they now believe we have achieved something big. They are extremely happy. They were keenly following the Free Fire India Today League final today," Vivek Choudhary said.
Nawabzade are more excited than nervous about the opportunity to represent India in Brazil. It's a dream come true for them and they are pretty sure they can make a solid impression and do their country proud in the World Series finale.
"We were playing 2-3 hours a day. We made sure we managed our time well and struck a fine balance between the virtual and the real world. However, we are now thinking about increasing the team we spend on Free Fire. Afterall, we are going to represent India. We want to work hard," the confident youngster said.