The game has only been out for a week and the IOI Property Group, one of Malaysia’s biggest, scored a tournament that offered RM10,000 (US$2,410) in prize pool.
For more info on the event, check out our previous article here that explained the tournament mechanics, special guest appearance by professional Malaysian FIFA player Luqman “Fenrir” Haziq and more.
But here’s a quick summary to catch you up to speed…
The ESPORTS FIFA21 CHALLENGE kicked off on 18th October with an ultimate experience that brought players and fans together in one place for a week-long adrenalin rush that saw 800 players thumb wrestle the controllers to reach the finals.
There were live 1v1 tournament matches, and pro-gamers and fans even challenged local FIFA hero Luqman Haziq in the ‘Challenge The Champ’ segment.
He also gave budding pro-players a crash course on tips and techniques to becoming a pro e-FIFA player.
The Grand Finals
The climax of the event was of course the Grand Finals that took place on 25th October and was live streamed on IOI Facebook’s page, much to the convenience of fans in this ongoing pandemic. Here’s the road to the top spots:
800 players in two qualifier matches and only 8 winners of each qualifying round, then moved forward to battle in knockout rounds of Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, and the Finals.
The Men of the Matches
16 enthusiastic players emerged at the finals with hopes of coveting the champion title and prize money worth RM5,000.
Here are the top players:
- 1st Runner-up: Roshand Shane (saint-gucci) won RM2500
- 2nd Runner-up: Rinie Bin Ramli (ensmileyface) won RM1000
- 3rd Runner-up: Ahmad Sharin Bin Shaharudin (Doodledeedoo) won RM500
- Consolation winners took home RM250 each: Alif Fikri (Nori-Federer), Kamil Al Amini (maxnevis), Kiieshan NairA/L Regukumaran (kiieshan94), and Alif Dani Bin Noor Badarrudin (FourOneOne).
And the title went to:
Putera Sufrie Nizam (Pvtera) won RM5,000 and the title of IOI ESPORTS FIFA21 CHALLENGE champion!
Could this tournament be the spark for more property developers to jump into esports? Here’s Jason Tie, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, IOI Property Group on why they did it:
“The IOI ESPORTS FIFA21 CHALLENGE took us to a new level and provided us with more space and a chance to create an experience of a lifetime for the competitive gaming community. As a corporate entity, IOI Property Group wants to have an interactive involvement with the youths of Malaysia. As you know, we build townships and influence lifestyle. Now, we are creating different activities and opportunities to engage with the millennials. The genuine excitement from the esports community continues to inspire us to explore this platform. We hope throughout the tournament, fans and gamers got to interact, speak and engage with professionals like Luqman who can help guide esports buffs into the world of competitive gaming.”
Here’s hoping for more chances and platforms for esports fans to hone their skills!