Ashish Ash Bhatnagar is a professional PUBG Mobile player who currently represents Team Fnatic.
The 19-year-old from Dehradun, Uttrakhand, plays as a support cum assaulter for his team. Ash is also active on several social media platforms and goes by the alias Ash Pubg.
In an exclusive chat with Sportskeeda, Ash shares his personal and professional gaming experiences, thoughts on the PUBG Mobile ban and FAUG, and his future plans.
Q. Other than gaming, how were you in studies, and which field did you opt for?
A. I was good at studies until the 10th grade, but then, I began to concentrate more on games, which influenced my studies a little. I was still a decent student and finished my 12th comfortably, and now, I'm in BSC IT second year.
Q. How was your family support initially when you started gaming?
A. My family has always been supportive of my gaming ventures. My father also got me an iPad on EMI when I asked for one. They even allowed me to participate in different tournaments and LAN events.
Q. How did you start your career in competitive PUBG Mobile gaming?
A. Earlier, I was with CsPG Gaming, which was one of the top FPS mobile gaming clans. But we later decided to shift to PUBG Mobile as it was the only trending game. Things were going great with the roster, and soon after, we bagged the second position in one of the elite tournaments, Fighting League, which helped us get sponsored by 8Bit.
Q. Who is your favorite teammate, and why?
A. My favorite teammate is Owais, as I have known him since he was in Team Soul. He is also the In-Game Leader (IGL) of our team.
Q. Games you used to play before PUBG Mobile?
A. I started with Clash Royale, Clash of Clans, and then shifted to Critical Ops (FPS Game) when I bought an iPad, before lastly moving to PUBG Mobile.
Q. How is the PUBG Mobile ban affecting you?
A. I had been playing scrims and tournaments daily for the past two years. After the ban, all competitive players, including me, are feeling a bit odd, as there is nothing much to do.
Q. How are your close friends and family members reacting to the PUBG Mobile ban?
A. We all are just hoping that it comes back soon, as we can't do anything with the government's decision.
Q. Which games have you been playing after the PUBG Mobile ban?
A. After the ban, I have mostly been playing COD Mobile and Valorant.
Q. What are your thoughts on FAUG?
A. As far as I know, FAUG is a multiplayer game and not a battle royale title. I have no thoughts on it now, as nothing much has been revealed yet about the game.
Q. Are you willing to shift to any other competitive game?
A. I can shift to COD Mobile, as I am good at FPS games, but it's going to take a lot of time to get into its competitive scene.
Q. Do you think that the PUBG Mobile community can shift to COD Mobile or Free Fire, and why?
A. Yes, I think the whole PUBG Mobile community can quickly shift to COD Mobile or Free Fire, as both are similar titles with the same type of controls.
Q. What are your plans as a content creator?