In an inaugural edition of eSports at the Asian Games, India’s Tirth ‘gcttirth’ Mehta has managed to secure a first ever bronze medal in eSports for the country. Tirth was competing at the Hearthstone event which is a collectible card video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. eSports has been added as a demonstration sports at the Asian Games and India Hearthstone is one of the six games that have been selected this year.
Tirth qualified for the main event in Jakarta after winning the India Qualifiers held by Electronic Sports Federation of India (ESFI) and South Asian Qualifiers. And after an undefeated streak against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Tirth competed at the main event which was carried out in a single elimination bracket format where losing a match means elimination. He defeated Japan in a close-series winning 3-2 and qualified for the semis where he faced the eventual gold winner Lo ‘Kin0531’ Tsz-kin from Hong Kong, and lost to him 2-3.
Gcttirth defeated Vietnam Nguyen Anh Tuan from Vietnam 3-2 to secure the bronze title while Hendry ‘Jothree’ Koentarto Handisurya from Indonesia won silver and Lo ‘Kin0531’ Tsz-kin won gold.
Tirth commented on his win and said, “Feeling really happy and excited to win a bronze medal for India in Hearthstone. Hope this event/medal inspires other Indian esports athletes to compete at their level best as well and get more medals for India.” He added, “We will get more medals and gold at the next Asian Games where esports will be a medal sport. I would especially like to mention here the kind of support ESFI had extended to all the Indian esports athletes who participated in the event.”
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“Tirth has made history, he has written his name in golden words in history of Indian eSports, he is the first ever Indian eSports athlete to win a medal in Asian Games.” said Lokesh Suji who is the director of ESFI and VP of Asian Esports Federation.