Pakistan’s E-sports scene is on the rise, with a growing number of passionate gamers showcasing their talent on the global stage. Despite limited resources and sponsorship, these gamers are making waves in various E-sports titles. The local E-sports scene is mainly made up of globally acclaimed games such as CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends,
Pakistan’s E-sports scene is on the rise, with a growing number of passionate gamers showcasing their talent on the global stage. Despite limited resources and sponsorship, these gamers are making waves in various E-sports titles. The local E-sports scene is mainly made up of globally acclaimed games such as CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, PUBG and Call of Duty with even more growth expected.
In Tekken 7, Pakistan has made a name for itself, with players like Arslan Ash dominating the international scene and winning back-to-back titles. However, Pakistani E-sports players face challenges when it comes to participating in international tournaments due to logistical and financial constraints.
Hasnain Ali, director of E-sports Pakistan, remains optimistic about the future of E-sports in the country. He acknowledges the progress made by Pakistani gamers but emphasizes that achieving milestones takes time.
While Pakistan excels in Tekken and PUBG competitions, it faces challenges in securing sponsorships, especially for Free Fire games on the global stage. India, for example, has a stronger presence in terms of sponsorship opportunities.
Rabees Ahmed, a figure in Pakistan’s esports industry, highlights the lack of interest from major sponsors as a hindrance to gamers representing Pakistan internationally. Limited sponsorship opportunities affect players’ ability to travel abroad for competitions.
PUBG E-sports, led by the dominant team AGONxi8, seeks better facilities and sponsorships to enhance its performance. The team emphasizes the need for improved facilities on par with international standards.
Free Fire gaming is also popular in Pakistan, with players like HOTSHOT HASU excelling in national tournaments. In stark contrast to its neighbor India, Pakistan has a severe lack of sponsors in the E-sports scene with this fact proving a major limitation to any prospective pros looking to represent the nation in the wider world. Hassan Baloch, aka HOTSHOT HASU, has made calls for more support from big brands in an attempt to highlight the many challenges players face as well as the obstacles that need to be overcome in order boost the nation’s esports presence in the global scene.
In spite of the various challenges faced by the E-sports community in Pakistan there is a strong will and determination to make sure that passion wins out and the nation may make even bigger marks in the pro E-sports scene. As the E-sports industry continues to grow globally, Pakistan’s gamers hope for increased recognition and support from sponsors to fulfill their potential in the months and years to come.