If you’re digging into a delicious chicken dinner right now, you can probably spare 20 minutes to watch a new official PUBG Mobile documentary. The “BE THE ONE” doc aired on the PUBG Mobile Esports YouTube channel on Nov. 3. However, with YouTube being YouTube, you can view the informative and downright inspirational video whenever you want.
Featuring plenty of footage of the PMCO 2019 Fall Split, the video highlights the popularity of PUBG Mobile in India, the rise of esports in the country, and the challenges some very well known players had in taking their hobby to a professional level in a culture that often pushes people toward becoming doctors or engineers.
Teams like Fnatic and Orange Rock are represented in the 20-minute deep dive. Key players like Gopal “Carry” Sarda, Tanmay “Scout” Singh (Fnatic), and Naman “MortaL” Mathur all have the spotlight shined down on them. Even their parents are interviewed. Not only do they share some embarrassing childhood stories, they also show each player’s humble beginnings and the difficulties they faced going pro.
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“Once PUBG Mobile came out with their mobile version, it took India by surprise,” said Orange Rock coach Verun Reddy, pinpointing the accessibility for mobile devices in the country as a big reason for its success.
But while some would blame the game’s success and accessibility for things like decreased grades or bad behavior, the documentary shares the other side of the argument. MortaL’s mother talks about the challenges she faced in raising the Team SouL champion as a single parent in Mumbai, and how proud she is to be “MortaL’s mum.”
For Fnatic star Scout, PUBG Mobile provided a second chance at becoming a professional athlete after tearing his hamstring during try-outs for a national soccer team. After years of sneaking out to practice the sport in a country that shuns it for cricket, he deemed his dream dead after being told to rest up for at least 6 months following the accident. PUBG Mobile set the stage for his eventual big break.
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There’s even a James Bond-style reenactment of Carry’s own gameplay tossed in for good measure, showing up running through the streets of India up to the Orange Rock building after an untimely call from his coach.
Carry, who currently plays for Orange Rock, fits the old story of gaming causing disobedience. While now two of his biggest fans, his parents get some screen time to discuss how the now professional gamer would often escape to a friend’s house instead of helping his dad at a packaging materials factory. But it leads into a heartfelt story about overcoming physical limitations.
Carry grew up with an undisclosed illness that caused problems with his arms. Issues with blood circulation led to difficulty in drawing blood from the young child’s arms, with his father reminiscing about having to massage the limb for 45 minutes just to draw what was needed to help eventually diagnose his son’s condition.
All the stories of turbulent upbringings and the rapid growth of esports ultimately echo the “BE THE ONE” tagline of a documentary you can squeeze into a lunch break.
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