Taipei based computer hardware company, Asus has announced a new program for Indian gamers — ROG Academy — the country's first virtual academy for gamers.
Through this initiative, Asus ROG will seek out new PC gamers in a bid to help them become esports professionals. The organization will offer the players a platform to hone their gaming skills while gearing up to play on professional-level gaming.
ROG Academy forms part of the company's plan to build a strong, robust gaming ecosystem in India. With aims to empower gamers through a slew of programs and initiatives.
What is ROG Academy?
ROG Academy marks the first-ever virtual academy started in India. The three-month-long course is focused on helping gamers enhance their skills with the help of professional esports players and coaches.
Arnold Su, Business Head of Consumer & Gaming PC for Asus in India, noted the population of online gamers in India went up to 31 percent in 2019. According to a report from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI- EY), that's almost 365 million players. By 2022, that figure is expected to reach 440 million.
Su also credited the pandemic for the surge in esports and gaming. Acknowledging the global crisis had a significant impact on content consumption worldwide leading to digital acceleration.
ROG Academy's focus in the region is encouraging Indian gamers to succeed in pro comps, elevating the local esports industry as a result. The academy will aim to familiarize local gamers with upcoming opportunities. As well as offering resources like mentor ship and training. According to Su, the initiative should provide a sizeable boost when it comes to establishing more esports players in India.
The ROG Academy registration will run from February 1-10. Any gamer age 16 and above can be a part of the academy. But those between the age of 16 and 18 need to bring a consent letter from their parents.
ROG Academy - application and selection process
Once the registration process is over, gamers will undergo a screening process. Next, shortlisted candidates will be drafted into mixed teams according to their roles. Following a further screening process based on in-game abilities, the top 20 players will then be placed into four groups.
Out of 20, only the top four will get a chance to receive admission into ROG Academy. After admission, they'll receive training from professional esports players and coaches for the next three months.