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NESA to host Tekken and FIFA 2018 Nationals Grand Finale

by Rodney Pienaar

Namibia Electronic Sports Association (NESA) will be hosting the Tekken and FIFA 2018 Grand final this coming weekend. 

NESA players will compete for the honour of representing Namibia on an international level, NESA Treasurer, Salomé de Bruyn has told The Villager.

“Tekken is a popular 3D fighting game developed originally for arcades. The game series continues to develop with Tekken7 being the 9th instalment and already surpassed the 2.5 million sales mark in the world by the end of 2017. FIFA on the other hand is a football simulation video game which is one of the best-selling sports video game series with a new instalment being released every year,” she said. 

She added that FIFA18 which was released in September last year reached sales peaks of 10 million by January this year and already FIFA19 is due for release in September.

 De Bruyn further noted that points will be awarded to each participant according to their placement in the final brackets as well as how they act as individuals during the event. 

This will be the 3rd time that Namibian national players are chosen for FIFA and the 2nd time for Tekken. 

“International matches are already being organised for the winners to compete against South Africa and NESA is making every effort to afford more opportunities to these athletes. Should Namibian eSports receive adequate sponsorships for 2018, it will be possible for one of the National Tekken players to also represent Namibia at the 10th IeSF World Championship that will take place in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan,” she said. 

Last year’s champions were Rashaad Matjila and John Walenga for FIFA, and Freddy Mazila and Morné Hough for Tekken. Mazila also had the unique opportunity to be the very first player to represent Namibia at the International eSports Federation (IeSF) 2017 World Championship which took place in Busan, South Korea.