Icieee, a streamer from Battlegrounds Mobile India

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Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), India’s version of PUBG Mobile, is one of the most popular Battle Royale mobile games in the country. The game also has a strong Esports scene, which encourages many aspiring professional gamers to embrace it.

Many YouTubers also create content around the Battle Royale game. One of these creators, Icieee, streams BGMI on her channel and is on the list of Esports XO content creators.

In conversation with Sportskeeda Esports’ Debolina Banerjee, Icieee talks about women in gaming, her journey so far, and her dreams of growing her channel.


Iceee’s journey as a BGMI streamer

Q. Tell us about your decision to get into professional gaming. What made you choose such an unconventional career path and what inspired you to do so?

Hereeeee: I started playing PUBG Mobile in 2020 after returning from college due to the pandemic. It was so addicting that I started spending hours playing it. I started making new friends online and it was so much fun! We all spent hours playing and talking.

One day, I stumbled across the MortaL stream by chance and really enjoyed it. Slowly there were more streamers in my recommendations, and I watched them all, but there weren’t many girls.

I used to play for fun, but one day I played with a friend of mine who was very good and I was so embarrassed that I decided I had to improve myself. So for the rest of the year, I ground.

After seeing so many creators hit a million subscribers and have a successful career, I thought maybe I should give it a try. So a year later I started streaming on YouTube and that’s when I realized there was nothing I loved more than playing BGMI and broadcast it.


Q. Indian parents are still reluctant to support their children when choosing gambling as a career. Did your parents support you or were you criticized during your first days as a player?

Hereeeee: Once I started streaming games, there was this constant fear of getting caught by my parents. As a student, I was sure they weren’t going to support me. Therefore, I broadcast for months by locking my room and telling them I had gone to sleep. But one day I thought it was time to tell my parents about it because I needed a PC.

I gathered my courage and sat down with my parents to calmly tell them everything that was going on. I was so surprised to see my father’s reaction. He calmly told me that it was great that I finally knew what to do with my life. My mum and dad supported me a lot and they are always by my side.

My parents never pressured me about college or anything. Honestly, I was very surprised because I hadn’t seen it coming! I was so scared that my dad would take my phone and everything, but he was so supportive and I’m so grateful to have such parents.


Q. Players often encounter rude/sexist comments. Have you encountered enemies who made fun of your game because of your gender?

Hereeeee: As gamers, we have to deal with things like hateful comments and sexist comments. But over time, we finally understand how to go about it, but it is sometimes hurtful. People also make fun of our gaming skills and think we just sit around and do nothing.

However, they don’t know that we don’t just sit around with our Facecam on, we try to entertain our audience and also practice showcasing our skills.

Sometimes a single comment hurts a lot and we have to keep going, knowing there are more people supporting and a few haters. Haters just need to be a little more respectful, that’s all.


Q. It has been some time since the release of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). Do you think it lived up to its expectations? Is there an aspect you want to change in the Battle Royale game?

Hereeeee: BGMI is the best game I have ever played and it has always lived up to my expectations. I love everything about BGMI, there’s nothing I can think of that I want to change.


Q. Indian mobile gamers have been calling for the release of BGMI Lite for a long time. Do you think the release of a lighter version of the battle royale title is necessary?

Hereeeee: Yes, I think BGMI Lite should be released because many people can’t play Battle Royale game on their device but they want it badly.

So yes, for people who don’t have the required device, it should be released so they can enjoy BGMI like we do.


Q. You started your YouTube channel a year ago and it was all about BGMI from the very beginning.

What other games did you play before you started playing BGMI? Since when did you start playing video games?

Hereeeee: When I started my YouTube channel, I didn’t have a laptop or PC to stream other games. I just got my phone and an iPad. I used to play Need for Speed ​​and Resident Evil. I loved both games.

I have two brothers and I’ve been playing video games since I was little. My brothers had a PS2 or a PS3, and the three of us sat together and played video games.


Q. You are one of the founders of Esports XO, a popular esports organization in India. What are the best aspects of being on their list of content creators? What key points did you learn from your time with them?

Hereeeee: I never thought I would have the chance to be part of the XO family. Ever since I started my YouTube journey, I thought the only organization I would join in the future would be Esports XO.

Being on the list of content creators is a huge accomplishment for me. I have to learn from the best, and knowing that everyone here is supporting me is the best feeling.


Q: Your channel has 27,600 subscribers. How do you plan to grow your channel? Do you think diversifying content will help you in the process?

Hereeeee: I plan to start playing new games and just not BGMI because I think it will help a lot and attract a wider audience. Sticking to one game isn’t part of the plan right now.


Q. What is your message to BGMI enthusiasts who aspire to establish themselves as professionals in the gaming world?

Hereeeee: Be consistent and believe in yourself, you’re almost there! ❤️


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