Moinuddin Amdani, the garment salesman who’s India’s finest PES participant

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  • Jonathan SelvarajESPN

Weekends are usually very busy in Moinuddin Amdani. For a 26-year-old boy who sells his father’s clothing store in Mumbai, that’s what has been going on for the past week. “Not only is it a weekend, but also this time of year is important for us because it is the month of Diwali, where you expect to sell well,” he says.

Traders are delayed this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. The enemies of the enemy had to leave one of the four workers, which meant he had to do other work. “I will do whatever it takes to do it. Some days I can be a salesman, or make an account, manage stocks or even help. .

Vacation often may not be necessary, but last Saturday, Enemies were told they could rest. Instead of going straight to the store, he went to the Oscar Cyber ​​Cafe near the CST station in central Mumbai. There he sat on the Play Station Four and began playing PES (Pro Evolution Sport) – a video game simulation of football. They were not playing ordinary games. The opponents competed in the South Asian PES qualifiers at the ESports World Championship.

Against rivals from Sri Lanka and Nepal, Amdani won all seven of the 10 minutes to secure a place in the World Championships, which will be held in Eilat, Israel in December this year. This will be the second year that the Enemies are eligible to take part in the competition – they also took part in Seoul last year. The competition, like the one held in Eilat, was organized by the International E Sports Federation, an international organization that wants to be recognized as an Olympic athlete.

As he looks forward to playing in the World Cup, Amdani says he did not expect to be able to do so after he started playing PES at the age of 16. “I started playing in a movie theater and this happened because it was close to my school. “I don’t think I will represent India because of this,” he said.

It was a deception that the Enemies regained PES. While the E Sports World Tournament has PES, it does not have its own competition – FIFA’s EA Sports, the most popular sport in the world (FIFA 2019 sold about 12 million more than the PES released that year). “I just wanted to play a video game when I first went to a video game and the only thing I carried on the Play Station console was PES,” he says.

The Enemies won all seven of the 10 minutes in a qualifying match for South Asia PES to secure a place in the World Championship. Moinuddin Amdani

It’s not the only game the Enemy has had. They play right away. His father, he says, initially did not want him to “waste his time” on video games and although that attitude changed when he took part in his first international game in Seoul, the Play Play console was a steady stream of money. “I wanted to get my money back last year but then the coronavirus happened and the money has been tight. Because it wasn’t something I could spend that much money on,” Amdani says.

Frequent play on video games is not cheap, but Enemies have found opportunities. “It can be very expensive to play if I pay at any time but I usually play when the loser pays for the section. As I am the best player in India, I usually don’t pay,” he said.

While the regular competition is one in which the Enemy praises his success, the lack of his machines has made things even more difficult than it used to be. Earlier this year, when shops were closed due to tight measures to stop the spread of coronaviruses, there was no way for Enemies to play.

Even when they do, they just go on and on if they don’t work. “After closing, I stay in the store longer than usual. When the business is down, you want to get every customer you can. I work from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and then rest for an hour before going to the room and play until 11:30,” he says. .

But when it comes to the right sport in his area, he gets paid more often. “Since I’ve been playing at the same venue for the past eight years, the owners are trying to help me as much as they can. They know about the event so they made sure to keep my console. for the PS4 I live in, “he says.

This speculation has been effective and in a few weeks, the Enemies will fly out of Israel. The last time he played in the World Championship, he lost the first place to the finalists – Iran and Japan. This time he hopes to continue the race. “I was very excited to go to South Korea for the last time. This time I hope I can win a little bit,” he says. They know they have to teach hard but in the meantime there are some important ones. “Right now I have very busy days, just try my best at the store,” he says.

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