Is E-Sports finally catching air in Pakistan?
By Sohrab Khan 28 Dec, 19
E-sports seemed like a distant dream for Pakistan. For years, we have seen players from all walks of life, all mastering one game or another. The world has recently taken up on E-sports as the new competitive frontier, and needless to say, it has brought a global audience forward. While many countries continue to thrive and bring out some exceptional players, Pakistan has shown a promising sign by bringing forth players like Arsalan Ash, who recently defeated the world champion for Tekken. But the actual competition was far from home.
Gamers Arena, a top-notch gaming zone, equipped with the craziest machines and consoles, decided to have a go at bringing E-sports home. Joining hands with Game Stack, another massively respected name within Pakistan, they hosted their inaugural tournament aptly called “FIFA 20 Tournament”, and it certainly caused a spark of curiosity among many.
This tournament had everything. It invited a huge number of players, had one incredible trophy as a giveaway along with a cash prize of 20,000 to be distributed among the top three players of the tournament, with the winner taking away 15 grand. Small, but it is still significant to capture the attention of the masses.
Besides the giveaways, Gamers Arena also live-streamed the last two days online at Youtube, through Game stack’s channel. Using various means, they were able to capture the action of the players beautifully and to add a cherry to the top, a live commentator to capture the action of the players beautifully into the action.
Being the first of its kind, this tournament attracted quite a lot of attention. There were many incredible players who came forth, and we witnessed some of the best FIFA action in a long time. Each proving their dominance and eventually reigning as the top scores.
With a 50+ live audience, the place was buzzing with noise as each one of these screamed and yelled in support of their favourite player. Headlining the players were some big names such as Zain Ali Shah and Arham, who have competed for on national level and have gone on to win top positions. The competition then was insanely tough. A quick look at the table below should give you an idea of how many people actually participated.
Even I was amazed at the response they were able to garner. With well over 70 entrants, this move felt just right. Something that should have been done a long time ago. Gamers Arena and Game Stack are certainly taking the step in the right direction to bring Pakistan to the map of E-sports and show the rest of the world just how worthy we are as a country that is brimming with talent, waiting for a platform where they can showcase their talent and win the hearts of the people.
The winner was Areeb Khan – A player who was down and out but managed to pull himself together and put on quite a show.
And did I tell you that I was the host of the stream? YES, I WAS!
I honestly hope this was not just a one-time affair. We need more competitions like this, and I have every reason to believe that this is just a start. We can only wait and see what the future holds for E-Sports within Pakistan.
With that said, I hope to see you in my next entry where I will be revealing the first PS Plus line-up for 2020. Till then, have a great one!