Saloni Kandalgaonkar better known as “Mili Kya Mili” is a content creator partnered with Team Vitality as well as 8bit Creatives and also an influencer for brands like Corsair and Elgato. Mili’s YouTube career kicked off in 2017 with GTA V and PUBG streams. Following the launch of PUBG Mobile, she was one of the few female streamers broadcasting the game to many malleable gamers around the country. Mili’s YouTube content features videos around gaming, vlogs and the occasional live streams for various popular titles like Valorant, PUBG PC, PUBG Mobile as well. Recently, in the Showstopper Women’s South Asia League, a female only Valorant tournament her team bagged the second spot. To top it all off, she also started off her own handmade-clothing brand, “Vanily.”
We had the great opportunity to interview her, where she shared her thoughts about working with Vitality, being a female content creator in India and more.
Congratulations on finishing 2nd at the Showstopper Women’s South Asia League, how was your experience playing with the female team, what message do you have for an upcoming female streamer/pro who’s just stepping in that shoe?
– It was very special to me, I barely play any tournaments and being a runner-up at the Showstopper Women’s SEA League meant a lot to the entire team they all showed up and that’s what brought us there. And the message I would love to pass to someone, that would be it’s never too late to start something you love doing, let that be anything you’re passionate about.
What do you think about the current esports culture in India?
– The esports scene in India growing aggressively and with more teams coming in for Valorant and also with the launch of BGMI it will be fair to predict that it’ll be even bigger now.
How is your experience been like working with Vitality and 8bit Creatives?
– I started playing CS:GO in 2018, I was always a huge fan of Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut who is part of Team Vitality’s CS:GO Squad and when I was asked to join Vitality as a CC it was like a dream come true I didn’t even read the papers before signing it. It was the same with 8bit, I’ve been a fan and being a part of them makes me euphoric.
As a woman, how difficult is it to be a part of the esports scene in India?
– I’ll be very honest, I don’t think it is difficult for females to be in the esports scenario, I believe the current Indian esports scenario is fluid, and it gives a fair chance to both the genders to represent themselves in the esports industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or a boy, you just have to be an extraordinary player.
What was your parent’s reaction when you first broke the news about doing this full-time? What brought you into the gaming world, what was that first game that you were excited about playing?
– I started off with playing Grand Theft Auto : Vice City, where I used to run around the city doing random things and waste my weekends, but that was it. After that I lost touch with gaming, then it started off with Fortnite and then went onto playing PUBG Mobile and watching it grow so much got me excited.
That’s where the streaming began, on the first day of my live stream I had a constant 50 watching and that’s what drove me towards it and every around me was very supportive of it which got me here. I’m currently grinding Valorant but I’m always excited to try out new games on stream.