Who Is Thug in Indian Gaming?

Umesh Borkar
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Thug is one of the well known personalities in the Indian Gaming Community.
He has founded multiple esports organizations like Team 8Bit, S8UL Esports and 8Bit Creatives, a talent management agency.

Animesh “Thug” Agarwal is a very well known personality in the Indian Gaming Community (IGC). He is the founder and owner of Team 8Bit, a Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) team, and a co-owner of S8UL Esports, an organization boasting multiple content creators and streamers under its banner. He is also the founder and CEO of 8Bit Creatives, a talent management company, managing multiple gamers across India.

Thug’s journey in the Indian gaming industry

Thug first rose with his PUBG Mobile team, Team 8bit, in 2018 when he represented India at the PUBG Mobile All Star Challenge (PMSC) Asia Finals event where his team placed 12th. His team also became one of the first teams to secure a Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (WWCD) at the international stage. 

Thug’s career took a turn in 2019 when he transitioned from an esports athlete to an esports caster/commentator. He commentated on multiple PUBG Mobile events in India as well as on the international stage. He was also present at the Peacekeeper Elite 2019 event as a Hindi commentator.

These are some of the events casted by Thug in the PUBG Mobile and BGMI scene:

  • PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) 2019 - Spring Split Global Finals

  • PMCO 2019 - Fall Split South Asia

  • PMCO 2019 - Fall Split Global Finals

  • Peacekeeper Elite Championship (PEC) 2019

  • PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL) South Asia Season 1 2020

  • Skyesports Grand Slam: PUBG Mobile Invitational

  • PUBG Mobile World League (PMWL) 2020: West

  • PMWL 2020: East

  • PMCO - Fall Split 2020: India

  • PMPL Arabia Season 1 2021 

  • ESL Snapdragon Pro Series BGMI 2024

In 2020, Thug moved away from normal gaming content and launched multiple podcasts with BGMI esports athletes, made guide videos and more. He collaborated with some of the well known people in the gaming community like Jonathan  “Jonathan” Amaral, Tanmay “Scout” Singh, Naman “Mortal” Mathur, Parv “Regaltos” Singh, Ghatak “Ghatak” Andhare and many more on his "Charcha with Thugwa" podcast series.

S8UL Esports

Thug collaborated with his fellow partners, Lokesh “Goldy” Jain and Mortal, Owner of Soul Esports and launched S8UL Esports. The S8UL Esports organization boasts a number of well known content creators under its banner including the likes of Kaashvi “Kaash” Hiranandani, Regaltos, Aman “Aman” Jain, Mithul “Binks” Nayak, Raj “Snax” Varma and many more. The organization also has a Pokemon Unite lineup.

In 2022, S8UL Esports received its first international nomination at the Esports Awards in the Content Group of the Year category and also went on to win the award, becoming the first Indian organization to secure an award for content creation at the international stage. In 2023, S8UL Esports also won multiple international awards including the award for Global Impact on Mobile Gaming at The Mobies and Content Creator of the Year award at the Esports Awards.

Thug’s Earnings

Thug has not been active on his Youtube Channel for more than a month now but has been actively livestreaming from the start of his career on a daily basis and uploading highlight videos. Currently, his Youtube Channel named 8bit Thug boasts 1.05 Million subscribers. According to Social Blade, his estimated earnings for his Youtube Channel is $79 USD to $1.3K USD a month. 

Thug’s Social Media

Thug was known for his massive BGMI crate opening live streams, charity streams and tournaments for underdog BGMI teams. Although Thug has not been live streaming on a daily basis for quite some time now, he has been uploading vlog content on his Youtube Channel. 

These are Thug’s top 5 most watched videos on his Youtube channel:

  • Buying The Entire Store For Him - 1.8 million views.

  • First Ever Maxing Out Pharoah Skin - 1.6 million views.

  • Most Funny Stream Highlights Ft. Mortal, Regaltos and Scout - 1.6 million views.

  • 8Bit Thug Most Expensive Streaming Room Tour - 1.5 million views.

  • I Met Them After 1 Year in S8UL Gaming House - 1.4 million views.

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Thug has also seen his fair share of controversies. He was at the center of events at the PUBG Mobile India Tour (PMIT) 2019 event when unrest arose between the event’s management and the players due to technical issues.

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Umesh is a passionate gamer having experience in a variety of mobile and PC gaming titles. Having played his fare share of games has allowed him to express his thoughts with ease. His present focus is on the Indian region.

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