Player Spotlight: Charanjot "Charanjot” Singh in Art of Gaming Podcast Episode 3

eISL Season 3 recently concluded with Charanjot, representing North East United, winning the championship trophy. In a recent interview, the champion shared his thoughts on franchise leagues in esports, Indian Esports, and more. Read along to know more about the best FIFA player in the Country.

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Charanjot with eISL Season 3 Trophy | © eISL

Who is Charanjot in Indian FIFA E-sports?

Charanjot "CJ" Singh, also known as Charanjot, is an Indian gamer who currently plays for GodLike Esports.

In 2020, CJ emerged victorious in both the ESL India Premiership - Summer and ESL India Premiership - Fall. Additionally, he won the FIFAe Nations Series 2023 - Asia & Oceania Playoffs, and most recently, he won the eISL 3 trophy while representing North East United FC.

How did Charanjot get into Gaming?

Charanjot used to play games like Call of Duty and IGI with his friends when he was 13-14 years old, but he was more interested in cricket and football in real life. He mentioned, "I used to go to my friend’s house every weekend to play FIFA as I didn’t have a controller back then"

In 2018, CJ participated in a tournament, which was his first, the FIFA 18 Ultimate Championship. After a surprising win at the tournament, he realized that playing on weekends had helped him beat the best players in India, which made him consider pursuing gaming full-time.

Charanjot’s Career Highlights:

  • ESL India Premiership - Summer 2020 (1st)
  • ESL India Premiership - Fall 2020 (1st)
  • FIFA 21 Global Series - PlayStation 4: West Asia (4th)
  • FIFAe Nations Cup 2021 - Middle East & Africa (3rd)
  • FIFA 22 Global Series Open - Singapore (1st)
  • FIFAe Nations Series 2022 - Asia & Oceania (1st)
  • FIFA 22 Global Series - Team of the Year Cup(1st)
  • FIFAe Nations Series Playoffs 2022 - Asia & Oceania (2nd)
  • FIFAe Nations Series 2023 - Asia & Oceania Playoffs (3rd)
  • FIFA 23 Global Series - South Asia Play-ins (1st)
  • FIFAe Nations Series 2023 - Asia & Oceania Playoffs (1st)
  • FC Pro 24 Open - Ladder: Asia South (1st)
  • 2022 Asian Games (9th)
  • eISL Season 2 (2nd)
  • eISL Season 3 (1st)

What other games could be CJ’s favourite to compete in if FIFA didn’t exist?

“I used to play a lot of Call of Duty so COD could took place, also I played Fortnite and competed in Canadian Cash Cups with my friends so this could be another option too.”

CJ also mentioned that back then, he used to play Fortnite on 200-300 pings to compete in those US Tournaments.

Why did Charanjot didn't compete in eISL Season 1?

Because of COVID-19, there was a rule called the "Bio Bubble" where players had to stay at the tournament boot camp for 4 months, which was a hotel.

CJ said, “back then, 4 months locked down was too much as we needed to play Lan events to qualify for Denmark and also for London. So, I missed that chance.”

CJ’s opinion on Indian Esports

There are organisers who invested in players but also some people who wanted only better for them Charanjot noted that 5 years back there was no audience base or infrastructure in the industry.

For new players, he mentioned, tournament organisers should keep open for all options in tournaments alongside inviting big teams. That way with an eye-catching performance against big teams, new players can get recognition petty fast.

CJ also said, “Obviously PC & Mobile gaming is bigger than console in India and it will remain same because the audience watches what they can relate.”

Conclusion:

Charanjot is considered one of the best FIFA players in India. His impact on FIFA and his efforts to promote the game as an e-sport for the future are remarkable.

By representing the country numerous times and achieving international success, he has brought recognition to India in FIFA esports. He serves as an inspiration for many newcomers who aspire to compete in games like FIFA or other console games.

Moreover, individuals interested in pursuing lesser-known esports in the country should look up to him as a role model.

Biswarup Sharma
Biswarup Sharma