“Krafton should remove all achievements from people who play with BGMI hackers and engage in paid rank pushes”: Akash “Game Guru” Chauhan

YouTube is one of the best platforms for game content creators to shine. 2021 has been a great year for gamers as they topped the list of top content creators published by YouTube India.

Akash “Game Guru” Chauhan, one of the top players on Trinity Gaming’s talented roster, is a BGMI content creator on the roster. In conversation with Debolina Banerjee of Sportskeeda Esports, Game Guru talks about her journey as a game content creator, her annoyance with BGMI hackers, and more.

Game Guru’s journey as a BGMI content creator on YouTube

Q. YouTube India recently released their list of the top 2021 content creators. Tell us about your journey in the gaming world so far. How does it feel to be one of the top game content creators in India?

Akash: My journey in the video game world so far has been full of curiosity. I always try to find new ways of entertaining my viewers and making sure my content is entertaining and not stagnant.

To be among the top game content creators in India is a great feeling, but I don’t want it to stop me from going the extra mile to make my viewers happy. There is still a long way to go and I am still dedicated to providing entertainment to my viewers.

Q. Did you face any criticism during your early days as a YouTuber? Did your parents support your decision to become a game content creator?

Akash: That’s a very good question. At the start, I had too many responsibilities and I was not able to play. Yet when I pursued the game and my business, I still faced criticism. People would tell me “Kuch nai ho payega tumhaara” or “Keede pad jayenge dimaag mein” or “Tum sirf apna time kharab kar rahe ho”.

These kinds of quotes were very depressing at first, but I never took them too seriously. Since gambling is not a typical career option in India, people are very resistant to change.

My parents were not as favorable to this because I had many responsibilities. They still don’t understand how I make money so it’s not their fault. Ultimately, parents always want their child to do well in his or her life.

Q. How has the gaming scenario in India changed over the past two years? Do you think people have become more tolerant of making gambling a profession?

Akash: It’s been about seventeen to eighteen years since I started playing and all the changes I’ve seen over the past two years are unimaginable in my time. I never thought I would play games and have the support of people, which is the best feeling for a gamer.

I would like to add that because of Covid everyone was at home and gambling was the most important form of entertainment for most. In this way, everyone, even the elderly in society, started talking about gambling and experiencing it more closely.

I still don’t think people accept gambling as a career. They hesitate and do not fully understand what it is. It will take time for people to realize that esports can be a career for someone too.

Q. The videos on your channel are all YouTube shorts. Is there a specific reason you stopped making longer videos? Can viewers expect you to upload detailed videos soon?

Akash: Viewers these days have a very short attention span, and YouTube shorts are the best way to grab their attention by posting shorter reels. I believe in following the trend.

I plan to post longer videos but not as much as the shorter ones.

Q. The process of creating content takes a lot of time and energy. How long does it take on average to create each video?

Akash: This is another great question. I would respond by saying that content creation begins long before content is created. I always try to be in a positive frame of mind when creating any content. My main goal is to provide entertainment.

The timestamp depends on the type and duration of the content to be created. It varies from thirty minutes and can go up to three hours.

Q. A lot of your videos are aimed at entertaining viewers. How much of a role does humor play in increasing the number of subscribers?

Akash: Of all the people who watch game streams, around 5-10% could include hardcore gamers. The remaining 90% of the audience is there for entertainment and humor.

Most viewers of my live content enjoy humor and engage more with the streams when comedy is added to it. This will help me to retain my audience, thus increasing my number of subscribers.

Q. Now that PUBG New State and Free Fire Max, the two new Battle Royale games, are hitting the market, do you think BGMI’s fan base will shrink?

Akash: Seeing the craze of these games, I think they may affect the BGMI fanbase but for a short time. Longer term, BGMI will win because it has an ecosystem which is very important for any game to survive in the community. As long as this ecosystem cannot be matched by these newcomers, in the long term, BGMI will never be affected.

Q. You recently posted a video called “Hacker Vs Game Guru” on YouTube. What would you like to comment on about hackers in BGMI? In what ways can Krafton improve the situation?

Akash: BGMI hackers or cheaters are very persistent when playing high level matches. Krafton must understand that it takes about thirty minutes to complete a game, and if a hacker destroys the game in the twenty-seventh minute, that is the most annoying thing for a streamer or gamer.

This will eventually discourage people from playing BGMI and players will switch to another game. The same has happened in the past with CS: GO.

Krafton should ban the device on which the hack was detected so that these cheaters can no longer disrupt BGMI’s competitive environment.

Developers should also remove all achievements from people who play with hackers and engage in paid ranking campaigns. This will discourage paid filing pushes and eventually help reduce the number of hackers in BGMI.

Q. Many mobile gamers in India are eagerly awaiting the release of BGMI Lite. What do you think of the light version of the game? Is it really necessary for it to be published?

Akash: Yes, it is essential that a lite version of BGMI be released as many people cannot afford high end devices. The lite version of the game will make BGMI more accessible to all Indians.

Q. You are a silver plate winner when it comes to YouTube awards. What are your words of wisdom for other budding game content creators who want to build their identities on YouTube?

Akash: The plan to choose YouTube as a career seems very exciting. However, people need to understand that 99% of YouTubers have their wrestling stories.

Aspiring YouTubers should always see it as their passion and work at it with a stable career option. Whoever comes here just to make money always fails. So content creators should focus on talent, not money. If people like your talent, the rest will come as a reward.

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