Asian Games Boost: Delhi University Welcomes Its First Esports Society

The rise of esports has been nothing short of meteoric, and its recognition as a medal event at the Asian Games 2022 has ignited a spark in the hearts of young enthusiasts. In response to this milestone, students from colleges across Delhi-NCR have founded a groundbreaking esports society at Delhi University, aptly named ARCADE. This article explores the inception, vision, and aspirations of this pioneering esports society, shedding light on the driving forces behind its formation and its potential to reshape the gaming landscape.

The Genesis of ARCADE

Five passionate students from Delhi University’s Hansraj College, accompanied by two students from a Ghaziabad-based engineering institution, joined hands to give birth to the DU's esports society. This pilot team comprises Ishwar Yadav, Apoorva Anand, Vinay Rathore, Jatin Seth, Ansh Nagar from Hansraj, and Harsh Rajvanshi and Vivek Chaudhary from the Ghaziabad-based university. Together, they embarked on a journey to foster a thriving esports community.

The Visionaries Behind ARCADE

Ishwar Yadav, a final-year student pursuing BA (Hons) Philosophy, is the visionary leader behind ARCADE. He believes that esports transcends mere gaming—it's about dismantling barriers, nurturing talent, and cultivating a sense of community. Yadav, with over five years of fervent devotion to the world of esports, envisions ARCADE as a pioneering force in revolutionizing esports, where gaming is no longer considered a mere pastime.

Raising Awareness and Fostering Participation

Vinay Rathore, a second-year student majoring in BCom (Hons), emphasizes the pivotal role of ARCADE in raising awareness about esports. He believes that esports is on the brink of becoming a staple in international gaming tournaments. The debut of esports as a medal event at the Asian Games 2022 has not only motivated them but also set a new benchmark for the gaming community. ARCADE aims to be at the forefront of this transformation.

From Gaming Enthusiasts to Athletes

Apoorva Anand, a second-year student in BA (Prog) and an avid learner, draws parallels between esports players and mainstream physical athletes. Players like Sabyasachi ‘Antidote’ Bose (Valorant), Darshan Batra, and Shubham Goli (DOTA) have elevated gaming to the status of mainstream sports. Anand believes that the era of hiding one's passion for gaming is over; now, it's an avenue to build one's brand as an athlete. He envisions a future where DU students proudly wear the Indian jersey at international events, bringing honor to the nation.


ARCADE, Delhi University's first esports society, emerges as a beacon of hope for aspiring gamers and enthusiasts. Founded on the heels of esports' inclusion in the Asian Games, it aims to transcend the boundaries of gaming, foster a sense of community, and inspire the next generation of esports athletes. With visionary leaders like Ishwar Yadav, Vinay Rathore, and Apoorva Anand at its helm, ARCADE is poised to leave an indelible mark on the gaming landscape and contribute to the growth of esports on the international stage. As esports continues to evolve, ARCADE stands ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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