Interview with India’s 1st WCG Medal Holder : Prince Johal
It’s been a while since India is participating in International gaming events like ESWC, WCG etc. The skill of our players who represented India in events like WCG were not upto the mark to secure a commendable position in the event. Although Reuben Pereira was able to grab a silver medal at WCG Asian Championship 2007 ( FIFA) but still none of the Indian player has ever achieved any position in the grand finals. However, times change and so do the players.
We are proud to announce the WCG 2011 Bronze Medalist (Carom 3D) – Prince Johal.
He was kind enough to answer some questions for us, let’s have a look,shall we?
TGM: First of all, congratulations for winning the bronze at WCG and making us all proud. Tell us, how does it feel to win a medal in WCG and that too our 1st medal?
Prince: Thank you very much. I am feeling very honored for having this achievement for India and it makes the scene even more delightful to me as India got its 1st medal in WCG this year.
TGM: Tell us something about yourself, where you from and what yo do?
Prince: I am from the Punjab, living in Jalandhar City and I am doing my final year in graduation in Information Technology.
TGM: Tell us something about the game you played. Is it a game of skill or luck?
Prince: I played Carom 3d, its a billiard gaming zone in which players have to play 8 ball pool game to qualify. It’s a game with just a little luck factor and require concentration and skills. It’s also a game with strategy, sometimes have to be aggressive and sometimes defensive according to the situation while planning a strategy in mind.
TGM: When you qualified to represent India, did you ever think about winning a medal?
Prince: Yes, I did wish to get a medal as I qualified for the WCG since I was giving my full efforts into the game and also was feeling positive to win as I’ve been playing this game for real for almost 10 years and in carom3d from 5yrs.
TGM: What was your 1st reaction when you realized that you have won the 1st medal in WCG for your country?
Prince: I was feeling on top of this world when I came to know that it’s the 1st medal for India. Was feeling proud to be an Indian and thanked God for giving me this opportunity and strength to prove myself at world level platform of Gaming.
TGM: How many hours you practiced for the final event?
Prince: After I got the invitation for the event, I got motivated and practiced for more than 100 hrs per week with full concentration. After I reached Busan I didnt get much time for practice because the schedule was very busy so I practiced just 3 hrs, 1 day before the match.
TGM: How different is the gaming scene in Korea?
Prince: It felt like as if I had came for the Olympics or something because lot of countries were present there and after coming in contact with the players of other countries I motivated myself to do my best. Having the honor to represent your country among the other countries is just amazing!
TGM: When our whole country is busy in Counter strike or DOTA, how did you end up palying carom 3d?
Prince: I’d been playing Billiards since I was a teenager, as I came to know about carom3d it gave me the same feeling as if I am playing the real billiard not the virtual one, thus the excitement never ended as I knew that I’m really good in this game if I play it with full spirit.
TGM: Did you try to qualify last year too or is it your first time?
Prince: I been playing Carom3d since 2005 but I never participated in WCG since I was not aware of this event. It was my 1st try and I got qualified.
TGM: What other games you enjoy playing?
Prince: I enjoy playing games like Call of Duty, God of War, Tekken, car racing and moto racing games.
TGM: Do you call yourself a professional gamer now?
Prince: I believe I can call myself a professional gamer now.
TGM: How are you going to spend that prize money?
Prince: I will be going to spend the prize money to upgrade by gaming equipment and I will travel to some hill station to relax my mind!