Hundreds of gaming enthusiasts converged at Gaming Utsav 2023, a one-of-a-kind event organized by AKEF Esports, one of the leading Esports organizations in the country that created a unique fusion of gaming, technology, and a traditional festival for the first time in India. With an Onam-themed ambiance, around 400 attendees had the opportunity to revel in the spirit of the grand festival at the Marriott Hotel in Kochi, marking a blend of the spirits of culture and gaming.
One of the highlights of this year’s Gaming Utsav, which was proudly sponsored by AMD and Windows 11 was the presence of rap sensation Febin Joseph a.k.a. Fejo, and actress Cerena Ann. Fejo has appeared on MTV Hustle, and Mirchi Music Awards 2020 and is known for his hits such as “Thalayude Vilayattu” from Aaraattu, and “Aparaada Panka” from Maradona. He alongside Cerena Ann, a well-renowned figure from Malayalam Bigg Boss, engaged with fans to elevate the event’s excitement to greater heights.
The event also witnessed the attendance of over 50 regional gaming influencers and popular streamers. Big names such as Blind Psycho, Eagle Gaming, Brightfox, and Game Therapist, graced the event to engage with their fans and provide an unforgettable experience for them.
Expressing his thoughts on the success of Gaming Utsav 2023, Amal Arjun JP, Managing Director, AKEF Play Pvt. Ltd. stated, “This year’s event marked a pivotal step in redefining the landscape of gaming events in India. By ingeniously blending the thrill of gaming with the cultural richness of the Onam festival, we were able to attract people from far and wide to come and rejoice with their favorite creators and celebrities. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to our sponsors, AMD and Windows 11, whose support was instrumental in bringing this vision to life.”
The event offered a diverse range of attractions, from the immersive Gaming Expo showcasing to interactive stalls and creator meet-and-greet sessions. Attendees also had the chance to indulge in gaming experiences at various booths, VR stations, and simulators.
However, what truly set Gaming Utsav 2023 apart was its Onam-themed celebration, which paid homage to the grandest festival in Kerala. Conventional Onam games such as Vadam Vali and Kasera Kali were contested at the event, echoing the spirit of the festival. Additionally, every attendee was treated with a complimentary Onam Sadya in a classic manner on banana leaves.
“With an exclusive focus on quality and engagement, we were able to provide each participant with the opportunity to indulge in various gaming activities as well as the celebration of Kerala’s culture. Looking ahead, we are excited to build upon this success, and set new benchmarks for immersive and revolutionary gaming events,” he added.
The resounding success of Gaming Utsav 2023 has not only established AKEF Esports as a pioneer in India’s gaming industry but also set a benchmark for innovative gaming events in the years to come.
The entire event was streamed live on AKEF’s YouTube channel.