4 October 2023

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The Journey of Shwetank Pandey: From Gamer to Chief Gaming Officer

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The Journey of Shwetank Pandey: From Gamer to Chief Gaming Officer

Shwetank Pandey, at just 23 years old, has achieved a remarkable accomplishment in the world of gaming. He has been appointed as the Chief Gaming Officer (CGO) of iQOO, a prominent smartphone company. Pandey’s journey from a student to a CGO has been filled with challenges and perseverance.

In 2019, Pandey began his foray into esports while still in 12th grade. Initially, gaming was just a pastime for him and his friends, but his passion for esports grew over time. After completing his 12th grade, he decided to pursue a graduation focused on communication skills. During this time, he also worked for a year to assure his family of his future prospects and financial stability.

To pursue his passion seriously, Pandey purchased a smartphone on EMI and assured his family that he had bought it with his own money. This was a crucial step in gaining their support. In August 2022, he was appointed as the CGO of iQOO, a significant achievement that brought him immense joy.

Pandey emphasizes the importance of balancing passion and mental health. He believes that pursuing one’s passion requires thoughtful consideration of one’s well-being and the support of family. He is grateful to iQOO and the jury for providing aspiring gamers like him with a platform to showcase their skills.

Nipun Marya, CEO of iQOO, expressed his excitement about Pandey’s appointment, stating that it is a significant moment for the Indian smartphone industry. iQOO has always valued the opinions and preferences of young customers who are passionate about esports. To cater to this audience, the company created the position of Chief Gaming Officer.

While gaming has its fair share of critics, iQOO recognizes the importance of moderation. Marya acknowledges that extreme cases exist, but he emphasizes the responsible and balanced approach to mobile gaming. The gaming industry in India is thriving, with an anticipated growth rate of 25 to 30 percent 2025.

Pandey’s parents have been supportive throughout his journey, with his father expressing confidence in his son’s choices. His mother admits that she initially had reservations about gaming but supported him nonetheless.

Shwetank Pandey’s appointment as iQOO’s Chief Gaming Officer is not only a personal achievement but also a testament to the growing prominence of esports in India. As the gaming industry continues to flourish, it is important to strike a balance between passion and responsibility, ensuring the well-being of gamers and fostering a vibrant gaming community.

1. Chief Gaming Officer (CGO): The executive in charge of overseeing a company’s gaming-related initiatives and strategies.
2. Esports: Competitive video gaming, often played in organized tournaments and leagues.

– PTI (Press Trust of India)