Global Esports CEO Talks About Foreign and Local Valorant Players in VCL SA
Only a booster shot for the region or an actual long-term fix?
The ongoing Valorant Challengers League 2023: South Asia has witnessed a rise in the number of foreign players competing within the region for local esports organizations. Out of the ten participants, eight teams are playing with at least two overseas talents as part of their active roster, showing a significant rise in the number of imports.
Discussing the fine balance between foreign and local players that organizations need to maintain, Rushindra "Salbatic" Sinha - CEO of Global Esports, mentioned that signing imports was a short-term fix to a much larger problem.
He went on to point out how these international players help the region grow but the local talents need to learn from this and improve otherwise it will all be in vain, stagnating the region while others race ahead.
CEO of Global Esports shares opinion on foreign and local players competing in the VCL 2023: South Asia
During a recent panel discussion held as part of the VCL 2023 South Asia, Rushindra Sinha along with Ganesh "SkRossi" Gangadhar spoke on a range of topics related to Valorant.
When talking about the importance of balance that the region needs to maintain between foreign and local players, Rushindra reminded that Global Esports had done it before in CS:GO along with Entity Gaming, an approach that satisfies short-term goals.
"When you get imports onboard it is a short-term fix but to a much larger problem. Bringing in imports gives opportunities to local talents to compete with them and learn from them. They become kind of like the mentors to a lot of younger players," says Rushindra.
He adds that even outside the competitive circuit, just playing ranked matches against them on the regional server is helpful for the general playerbase.
"As a region it allows us to level up but that can't be a long-term fix. For that the local talents obviously need to grow up and get better, but bringing imports into the mix now allows them to do it faster," says Rushindra.
Talking about the gap in skill level, Rushindra in agreement with SkRossi believes that the difference is not that much in regard to this, it is actually the difference in experience and mentality which separate the two.
SkRossi added that "Discipline is a huge factor which will play a really big role in an athlete to become an even better player in the future."
Only two teams currently competing in the VCL 2023: South Asia have a completely Indian playing five in their active rosters, Lethal Esports and MLT Esports.
Unfortunately, both of them are not doing too well in their respective groups during the first stage of the league. Lethal Esports is at the bottom of Group B with two losses and MLT is placed second last in Group A with a 1-1 series score.