Telenor Pakistan launched GameBird, Pakistan’s first and only Esports platform, to help the country’s gaming ecosystem. The launch event was held at Telenor’s 345 campus and was attended by some of the industry’s biggest names. The event’s keynote speaker was former women’s cricket team captain Sana Mir. Pakistan’s top Esports professionals, including Arsalan Ash, Haseeb aka HSB, Amu Shahid, and members of House of Blood, were present.
GameBird is Pakistan’s only platform that offers online gaming tournaments with AAA-rated partners, with a monthly digital footprint of over 50,000 active users and 140,000 unique users. Video game fans can now live stream and participate in tournaments, purchase high-quality gaming merchandise, read news, and much more. GameBird, Pakistan’s premier gaming platform, aims to build a community and provide opportunities for talented gamers to showcase their abilities. Furthermore, the gamers gain access to international gaming arenas to showcase their skills. Esports is already one of the most popular industries in the world, particularly among young people, and Pakistan is quickly catching up. The Pakistani Esports ecosystem is estimated to have more than 55 million users and 33 million gamers, contributing significantly to the $200 billion global industry. GameBird, which is intended to be a one-stop shop for all gamers, has already hosted more than 60 tournaments and 20 broadcasts during its testing phase.
“Pakistan’s online gaming industry is vibrant, and we have launched GameBird to strengthen the nationwide gaming community,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Pakistan. It was created to help us achieve our goal of going beyond connectivity and bridging the gap between local talent and global opportunities, bringing all of the fascinating aspects of gaming within their reach. Game enthusiasts across the country will be able to explore alternative revenue streams via GameBird, making it the first and only platform of its kind in Pakistan.”
The launch event also featured a panel discussion titled “Esports: The Future of Gameplay,” in which game developers discussed the rapidly evolving state of the industry in Pakistan, as well as the importance of developing local games. Furthermore, the panel discussed the potential of game jams in Pakistan. A “Clash of Titles” gaming tournament between top players was held in addition to the panel discussion. The event concluded with prize distribution for previous GameBird tournament winners.
GameBird is providing Pakistan’s gaming and e-sports communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use a one-stop gaming platform. Through this platform, GameBird hopes to provide more opportunities in the international arena to Pakistan’s untapped talent.