Rise of Nishit 'Jazz' Thakkar in the Indian Gaming Community
Nishit 'Jazz' Thakkar, who is well-known for his PC modding skills in the community, reveals how he turned his hobby into a career in the interview below. He's gone a long way, from organising LAN events for a number of TOs to being a Facebook streamer with over 11.2k followers.
The story behind the gaming moniker 'Jazz'?
I started gaming back in the days when counterstrike 1.6 was a thing, then I switched to CS:GO. I used to organize and manage tournaments since the 1.6 era and started handling events hosted by brands and gaming zones which helped me financially and helped fuel my passion. I organized PlayerUnknowns Battleground PC (PUBG) LAN tournament by Acer where we selected the top 16 teams in India, and that is when I started streaming. Currently, I have 11.2k followers on Facebook and I am a partner with Facebook, also I joined Acro Engineering as a digital marketing professional and now I am a social media manager at Acro Engineering.
How long did it take you to transform your passion into a career? Had you made the decision to pursue gaming from the beginning?
I have always wanted to pursue gaming since the beginning, I loved gaming and the decisions I took fueled my passion even more, like organizing tournaments, having amazing friends and streaming. So, it did sort of took some time for me to transform my passion into a career, but it was worth it.
Have you ever thought of going pro in esports?
Yes, I actually played for an esteemed esports org representing as a PUBG PC pro player.
How do you maintain a healthy work-stream balance?
Well, it is not easy but I try to prioritize things. I organize things, when there is some important work, I try to do it in a manner where I don’t tire myself and reserve enough energy to stream. Also getting enough sleep and a healthy diet is the key to a healthy work-stream balance.
What do you think differentiates your content from others streamers?
I try to be as genuine as possible when I stream while trying to be as engaging as possible. My reactions are always real and I try not to fake them because if you fake your reactions audience will realize it and they lose interest. I think that makes me unique to other streamers and that is my USP.
Proudest moment in this journey?
When Ant Esports sponsored me and my mom started calling me Jazz, that was the proudest moment in the journey for me.
You're one of the community's well-liked PC modders. What's is your favourite PC mod so far?
My favourite PC mod so far is:
Lian Li dynamic o11 cabinet which has an all-glass panel, in which RTX Card mounted vertically with a gaming character theme is hands down my favourite PC mod.
How has PC modding aided your gaming career?
PC modding helped me to engage with PC enthusiasts and also helped me grow, as it required innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
What do you think about the PC gaming infrastructure in India?
PC gaming infrastructure should be improved in India, although the industry is growing and I believe it will be better in the coming years.
How severely is it affecting the PC userbase in India now that GPU costs have skyrocketed? Do you think less import duty on gaming products could bring change in the gaming market?
Well, due to mining GPU prices have skyrocketed, even if there is less import duty it will not affect the prices as much, what brands need to do is make GPUs exclusively for gamers so that we can enjoy gaming at affordable prices.
Name down your dream setup.
I have my current dream setup, that is:
- Ryzen 5 5600x Processor
- MSI B550 TOMAHAWK MOBO
- MSI 3060TI GAMINGXTRIO GPU
- ADATA 16GB 3200MHZ RAM
- ANTEC NE650W PSU
- DEEPCOOL CASTLE 240RGB V2 COOLER
- ANTEC DF600FLUX CABINET
- MSI G241 IPS MONITOR
- RAZER ABYSSUS V2 MOUSE
- RAZER BLACKSHARKV2X HEADSET
- HYPERX ALLOYFPSRGB KEYBOARD
- HYPERX FURY LARGE MOUSEPAD
- RAZER KIYO WEBCAM
- ANTESPORTS GAMING CHAIR
What is the one change you would love to see in the PC Gaming Market?
I would love to see more affordable products for all segments and the availability of the products.