FIFA has a sprawling scene in India that has grown at a consistent rate on solid grounding. If the scene is a cyclone, then Saransh Jain is currently the eye. The 17-year-old has taken the domestic scene by storm and is creating massive ripples across the international scene too! But he is just getting started.
In the short span of his career, Saransh Jain has already won 4 National Titles including AFGC qualifiers 2018 in Kolkata, GamingMonk Grand Finale 2018 in Delhi, Indian LAN Gaming Cup Grand Finale 2018 in Bangalore, and Virtual Bundesliga International Series Qualifiers India 2019. He was also ranked number #1 in India for FIFA 18. Saransh finished in the top 12 in the Asian Football Gaming Championship 2018 in Singapore. His FUT finishes include exceptional finishes in the FUT Weekend Leagues.
We at Esportsportal sat down with him to discuss his life, career, and achievements.
Shubhang: Hey Saransh, can you tell us about how you started out with FIFA?
Saransh: Professionally, I started out in November 2017 when I went to a local tournament in Pune, ended up dominating the tournament and winning it. After this, I went unbeaten for quite some time which is when I realized that this might be my thing. I obviously used to play at home with my brother for a long time. My first FIFA was FIFA 08.
Sh: Did your parents and friends support your decision to become a pro-gamer?
S: When I first started out and won the event, it was a huge deal obviously for my parents, friends, and I. After that, my parents constantly supported me when they saw how big esports is. I honestly didn’t know either that the FIFA scene in India is big and how people can play internationally etc. After explaining all this the support increased a lot.
Sh: Yeah that’s a common problem. It’s a new industry so most parents don’t know about it. It’s amazing that your parents support you through this.
S: Yes I’m really grateful for that.
Sh: You’ve won 4 national titles and have represented India twice internationally already at an age of 17. How does that feel?
S: This was very unexpected to turn out this way, a year ago at this time. I didn’t even have a single national title and now I have 4 so it feels like it’s a dream. But I know I can go higher and that’s the plan now.
Sh: I understand that you’ll be representing India in the VBL in Germany soon. What can you tell us about the Virtual Bundesliga as a tournament?
S: So, the Bundesliga is a league in Germany of football. Virtual Bundesliga is the esports version, the Virtual Bundesliga International Series was held in India and in the SEA region, the winners of each will be traveling to Germany. For bundesliga to host a tournament in India along with AFGC was a very big deal. Since it’s such a huge stage but they did it because they saw the potential amongst the players and it did certainly pay off with so many people turning up to the qualifiers, showing incredible gameplay and watching the stream all over. It was also supported by Rannvijay Singh as he was the commentator for the grand finale held in Kolkata. All of us felt a different kind of pressure when it was being streamed on hotstar and our friends, family and the other FIFA enthusiasts were watching and supporting us.
Sh: How did the qualifier rounds go for you? Was it tougher or easier than you thought?
S: There were 4 qualifiers in 4 different cities. First up were Bangalore and Delhi. I travelled to both of them but lost them both. This was pretty disappointing for me personally, after this I decided to switch some things, my gameplay and other tactics tried to adapt a bit more. Practiced lot more, after this I won the Mumbai qualifier, travelled to Kolkata and did well there too. This was also possible because of the support from my friends and family. Including players from the community helping me in learning my mistakes.
Sh: What did you do to improve your gameplay? Not just for the qualifiers, but overall.
S: Worked on my defense a lot more, tried to build up properly and tweaked a few tactics.
Since I was on a break for a few months when I had my 12th boards I was also a bit short on the ‘meta’ which I tried to perfect a lot more now.
Sh: How are you feeling you’ll do in the VBL?
S: I’m nervous, since this is my first Ultimate Team tournament but I’m feeling good and confident, I’ve learnt from my mistakes from past international tournaments and hope to do well.
Sh: We wish you best of luck for that.
S: Thank you so much!
Sh: Alright, last question now. What do you think you’ll do after VBL? Will you decide on joining a pro team or maintain your current path?
S: I was associated with a pro team before this, until we split ways. I’m currently looking for an international organisation so let’s see hoping for the best.
Sh: Well, we hope you know how proud the community is of you.
S: Great to hear, really keeps me motivated.
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