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FIFA knock-out tournament plans to go monthly

Tue, 13 October 2015 17:14
by Andreas Kathindi
Sports

After successfully hosting the first FIFA16 undisputed Knock-Out Tournament on 3 October at Supporters’ Bar, tournament organiser Freeman Paul Ipumbu believes the competition was enough of a success to warrant it becoming a monthly event.

32 hopefuls with naught but their skills and dreams of the prize money sat down on that Saturday afternoon to test their gaming skills against their peers, and be declared the undisputed champion.

Winner of the competition, Luandro Steyn, though eventually scooping it 7-2 in the finals, found it very difficult and almost got eliminated twice. However, he managed to discover fortitude in the semi’s and quarter-finals to pull back and win on penalties.

Although the competition did not reach the initially planned-for 128-man format Ipumbu said they had hoped for, a faithful 32 were enough to provide tense competition and secure a 7 November return of the tournament, which he said will be the start of its monthly recurrence.

“There was a lot of positive feedback, and we plan to make the next competition much better. Unfortunately, because we could not reach the 128 players whom we hoped for, it also meant that we had to decrease the prize money from the N$5000 which we planned for to N$2500,” explained Ipumbu.

Although this led to one or two potential contenders dropping out of the competition, the majority had no hard feelings, though they voiced disappointment. Ipumbu also believes that the House Festival which was taking place on the same day may have detracted from potential numbers. Although the next competition is less than a month away, he said some of the lessons they learned from hosting it is to be a bit more prepared.

“We overshot a bit in terms of expectations. We learned that not that many people are interested in paying for the competition, so for the next competition, we have decreased the registration fee from N$250 to N$150. Those who took part in the previous tournament will enter for N$100, and the winner will enter for free to defend his title,” he continued.

Amidst the positive reviews from players and fans alike, players were concerned with the size of the TVs used, which were 32 inches, and hoped for bigger sizes. They also hope the prize money will increase in future competitions. Furthermore, the Supporters’ Bar management expressed interest to support them in this regard, and competitors can expect better screens next time around. They also plan to keep the competition down to a 32-man system.

Champion Steyn says he has been playing FIFA since 2006 on the old PlayStation 2 console platform. However, as the game often has wholesale design changes every few years, he only had a week to play with FIFA 16, the version used for the competition, which is quite different from the previous FIFA 15.

“There are quite a few changes which have been made to the game. The passing is more complex, and there are new skills added, and it’s more difficult, which has made the competition tougher,” changes which have been made to the game.

The passing is more complex, and there are new skills added, and it’s more difficult, which has made the competition tougher,” noted Steyn.

He said they often had friendly tournaments amongst his friends over the weekends, but feels it is always best to test yourself against strangers. “Everyone thinks they are the best until you meet someone better than you. It can go both ways”, he reasoned.

As a fan of Spanish football club Real Madrid, he always prefers to play with that club in the game as he enjoys their attacking prowess. “My defence is not bad, but you want to put the other guy under as much pressure as possible, and a team like Real Madrid offers you that. Of course, you cannot score if you don’t have the ball, so possession is key,” he added.

About the tournament itself, he feels it could be organised better as time management was a challenging factor. An increase in the prize money would likewise do a world of good to attract more players, he stated.