Gujarat's Tirth Mehta Bags India's First Bronze Medal In Esports Asian Games 2018

Now the gamers will not be just called as "gamers" or "nerds" they will be called as "Athletes", said Tirth Mehta

Tirth Mehta created history by winning India’s first-ever bronze medal in Hearthstone. It’s a collective card video game, which was a part of 6 game titles selected under eSports, a demonstration sport in ongoing Asian Games 2018. Tirth qualified for the Asian Games by defeating Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the qualifiers held by Esports Federation of India (ESFI). He defeated Vietnamese player Tuan in the finale and entered his name in the record books.

Known in the gaming world as ‘gctirth’, the boy from Bhuj, Gujarat was ecstatic to win the medal for his country. Here’s what he said after his win:

“Feeling really happy and excited to win a bronze medal for India in Hearthstone(Esports). Hope this event/medal inspires other Indian esports athletes to compete at their level best as well and get more medals for India. We will get more medals and gold at the next Asian Games where esports will be a medal sport,”

Mehta was live-tweeting throughout the tournament:

The Director of ESFI and Vice President of Asian Esports Federation, Lokesh Suji was all praises for Tirth’s success, he said,

“Tirth has made History, he has written his name in Golden words in History of Indian Sports, he is the first ever Indian Esports Athlete to win a medal in Asian Games. Tirth, had also been part of Team India at 8th Esports World Championship-2016. He is a perfect example of a True Champion, his dedication, focus and commitment is unmatched.”

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He further added,

Now the gamers will not be just called as “gamers” or “nerds” they will be called as “Athletes”, it changes the perspective of parents and the society. We are proud that we were able to make India a part of this Historic Moment and now are more prouder to have created another history by winning the first ever esports medal for India.”