Today we have Saloni “Meow 16k” Pawar with us. Let me tell you a bit about her. She is a streamer and Indian Girls CSGO professional player for Global ESports.
So without further ado let’s get started
GC: Let’s start with your early life so how was it?
Saloni: My early life was pretty ordinary. Since school days I used to like watching video games that my brother used to play but I never experienced it by playing back then,
until there was this one time when I was bored and I had nothing to do, so I had started CS 1.6 offline with bots.
And I actually managed to play it pretty well. When I told my brother that I played CS 1.6 and I managed to score a good number, he laughed at me and dint believe me.
So, I promised him that, one day I will defeat him. There’s where my journey began.
GC: What motivated you to start live streaming and choose CSGO as your main goal
Saloni: This was back in 2016 when streaming was not so popular in India.
One of my friends suggested me to start streaming. I like experimenting, so I started streaming just to have an experience and I got a satisfactory response from the community.
I always wanted to be a professional CSGO player but I was not so good at that time, so I decided to learn the game and reflect it on my streams.
GC: How does it feels to be the face of Indian Women’s CSGO as I have not seen any other Indian girl CSGO streamer.
Saloni: Honestly, it feels strong but at the same time I wish for more female participation in CSGO and streaming it.
GC: Define Saloni in 3 words
Saloni: Stubborn, determined, lazy. ( It’s a deadly combo HAHAHA )
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GC: is there any special boy in your life?
Saloni: I’m actually not open with my private life’s status.
GC: Now first of all Congratulations for winning Central Asia qualifiers for Legion. So, my question is what was your strategy in-game.
Saloni: Thank you so much. Honestly, there was no such strategy involved. We made this team a couple of days before the qualifiers were starting.
I didn’t even know my teammates and their play styles. I think the best strategy within us was in-game communication and synergy.
GC: What is your take on Indian E-sports scene and what are your future plans in it.
Saloni: I think, lately Esports in India has been escalating faster than ever. It could be due to introducing mobile games as a platform in e-sports.
I’m looking forward to investing more in my team and go full competitive in future to represent India
GC: What would be your advice for new E-sports enthusiasts who are looking for a career in E-sports?
Saloni: The best advice I can give for new Esports enthusiasts by my personal experience is to seek their Guardian’s support initially.
If you get an acceptance from your parents, half of your problems will get resolved there itself. After that all you have to do is, to choose a segment of esports that you like, could be streaming, playing professionally, managing etc, and work hard for it in the right manner.
GC: What is your version of “Growth” in Livestream, is it more donations & subscriptions or it is Views and chats.
Saloni: My version of ‘Growth’ in streaming has always been the number of loyal viewers and active chatters I hold. I also think that this should be the ideal version of growth for all the streamers.
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GC: In your Early days of live streaming did you face any restrictions, if yes then how did you tackle them?
Saloni: Yes, there were a lot of obstacles throughout the journey.
One of the major ones that I remember is my parents and their approach towards my passion.
My parents didn’t understand what exactly I used to do when I said I was streaming.
So, they used to frequently come into my room and yell at me while I used to be LIVE on YouTube.
There was this one time, I decided that it has to stop now. So, I spent 2 hours with my parents, making them understand what, why, how streaming is.
I also showed them a few successful streamers and they actually were impressed. Now they support me so much that they helped me build a PC with a good config so that my stream runs smooth.
GC: What is the story behind “Meow 16k” why Meow?
Saloni: It’s ‘Meow’ because I’m afraid of cats and ’16K’ because I was 16 when I started playing CSGO, it was 2016 and 16K is the maximum money you get in CSGO.
GC: What is the one thing you would like to change about the current Indian gaming industry and why?
Saloni: It’s very sad to break it this way but I think people in the Indian community should start respecting,
appreciating and supporting the ones who are contributing to Esports rather than hating and trash-talking.
We are a part of the same gaming community, then why not support each other? It will help in the growth of Esports in India.
GC: Lastly, any message for your subscribers?
Saloni: If you want to be successful in any field, be consistent
because you’re not going to be successful in a day or two unless you’re luck favours. Work for what you dream, only then you’ll be worth to hold the success.
So That’s a wrap with Saloni Pawar a.k.a Meow 16k. Make sure to subscribe to her channel and also subscribe to our newsletter.
Let me know in the comment section whom do you want to see next and questions you want to ask them.