Pakistani e-sports professionals are starting to make a name for themselves and for their country. Following Arslan Ash’s success at the international stage, two new stars have emerged: Atif Butt from Gujranwala and Awais Honey from Lahore.
Despite facing plenty of issues in getting a visa and then being held at the airport, the two emerging stars beat top Tekken players from the world with ease as they made their way to the final of the Tokyo Tekken Masters. The event took place at NAMCO Future Research Institute in Tokyo.
The all-Pakistan final highlights the talent possessed by these Tekken 7 players. It was their first-ever international event and qualifying for the final speaks volumes about their abilities. Atif Butt got his hands on the winning prize of $5,500 whereas the runners-up, Awais Honey walked away with $2,700.
Earlier, both Honey and Butt were denied visa for the Philippines for what would have been their first international tour. The two have been big names in the local e-gaming community, having beaten the EVO 2019 champion, Arslan Ash, in local tournaments.
The Pakistani trio of Tekken players has rocked the e-sports arena as prior to their respective debut tournaments, no one was aware of their talent. Hailing from Punjab, Pakistani champs used to play offline, honing their skills by so much that they were unaware of how far ahead they were compared to their international rivals.
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