The esports industry has multiple critical stakeholders which include gamers, squads, pro athletes, content creators, esports organisations, tournament organisers, skilled professionals, publishers and more. Each of these user groups seeks something that is made available from within the ecosystem, said Sagar Nair, Co-Founder and CEO, Qlan in an exclusive interview with BW Gaming World. Edited excerpts:
Q1 What inspired you to come up with the idea of Qlan?
Ans- A whole lot of unanswered questions are what led to the inception of Qlan. When we started interacting with the industry we came across a lot of barriers at the grassroots of gaming and esports. India in particular in the recent past has seen the emergence of the first breed of pro esports athletes and gaming content creators, the aspirations among the larger gaming community are set, however, no platform paves the path for the aspirants, Qlan is designed to be that platform which facilitates opportunities for all future gamers. Be it esports, content creators, or other professions in the world of gaming.
Q2 How and to what extent can Qlan contribute to the gaming and esports industry in India?
Ans- The esports industry has multiple critical stakeholders which include gamers, squads, pro athletes, content creators, esports organisations, tournament organisers, skilled professionals, publishers and more. Each of these user groups seeks something that is made available from within the ecosystem. The vision for Qlan is to build a community that unites each of these stakeholders which in turn will provide opportunities and solutions in an organic and engaging manner.
Q3 What kind of opportunities does your company offer to its users?
Ans- In terms of opportunities, for gamers, Qlan’s helps them to explore tournaments and scrims, earn various badges and to apply for various rosters. Coming to the professional side, one can explore various job opportunities with a custom profile and apply for the same with just a click of a button.
Q4 While being a social networking app dedicated only to gamers, how would Qlan manage to stand against the giant social networking apps like Instagram, Facebook?
Ans- Instagram and Facebook, if compared to what they were when they first came out, had a very limited amount of features and things to explore. Qlan as a platform, on the other hand, is very clear and fixated on the market niche it intends to cater to and jointly, with feedback of its users develop features and make a system that makes that platform develop its own specific identity amongst other social media platforms.
Q5 What sort of cyber security does Qlan provide to its users?
Ans- Data security is one of the most important agendas for us at Qlan. The platform only asks for and accesses user data that will be beneficial and drive solutions and value for our users.
Q6 Where does Qlan see itself in the near future, in terms of growth, efficiency, success & trustworthiness?
Ans- People think of Instagram when it comes to entertainment & lifestyle, people think of Linkedin when it comes to professional networking. We want gaming enthusiasts across the globe to think of Qlan when it comes to gaming & esports.
Q7 What can gamers expect from your company in 2022?
Ans- The Beta phase of Qlan was to get a better understanding of our users and their needs. As we move out of the Beta stage, gamers can expect a range of first-in-class features on Qlan that will facilitate solutions to multiple grassroots problems faced by gamers across the world.