Twitter may be helpful if you want to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X in India thanks to a handy new bot. Despite Microsoft’s consistent Xbox Series X|S restocks and Sony’s second PS5 restock, Indian gamers are having a hard time finding the latest consoles from either company. While some rely on offline retailers to help them purchase, others are dependent on online storefronts like Amazon and Flipkart. And that’s where SV Yesvanth Kumar comes in. Kumar is an Information Security Engineer at a major technology company based in Bengaluru. He’s created a Twitter bot calledto help Indian gamers buy PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles. IGN India spoke to him to find out more.
Kumar is no stranger to this site, he previously ran a Change.org petition to bring to Sony’s attention that there is an audience for the PS5 in India. With Sony now bringing a second shipment of the PS5 to retail, a Twitter bot seemed like a logical step.
“I started this when I first noticed how huge the demand is and how bad Sony is handling it,” Kumar tells us. “And there are many scalpers who take PS5s from genuine gamers, I wanted to give everyone a fare chance.”
Although one could argue that scalpers themselves could very well use Kumar’s bot, fact of the matter is they’re already using specialised tools like Flashcart to get around this. Making it very unlikely that they would turn to Twitter. That said, Kumar’s bot scans store websites every 30 seconds.
“The bot post’s a tweet whenever there is a PS5 in stock, along with a link to click it,” he says. “The bot monitors Amazon, Flipkart GamesTheShop, ShopAtSony, PrepaidGamerCard, and Reliance Digital.”
And for Xbox Series X|S? The bot tracks Amazon India for now though Kumar tells us that more sites would be added by the end of the week.
As for how he got this up and running, he tells us that he used Python “to develop the logic” and is running his Twitter bot on a mid-2012 MacBook Pro. A coder since 2015, he claims to have faced no challenges when putting it together.
While it’s heartening to see someone try to help the community at large, we couldn’t help but ask if Kumar plans to profit from any of this.
“I have affiliate link only with Amazon,” he admits. “But it’s under review, I don’t think I will get the money from Amazon, they are asking me for some tax certificate which I won’t have. I’m not asking for any money to keep the bot running, I only have Amazon affiliate link and that’s too under review.”
This isn’t the first bot made in order to help Indian gamers get their hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X, that honour most likely goes to Bengaluru-based Shantanu Goel for his, though the PS5 version was removed . Hopefully Kumar’s efforts fare better.
Nonetheless, this marks the latest in a long line of efforts from Indian gamers to help each other obtain consoles. First there were, then there was and continues to be a . This was followed by a social media campaign using the hashtag to draw attention to Sony’s continued silence on the matter — something that continues amidst reports of from its retail partners.
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