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RIYADH: Gamers8 welcomed the world’s best Fortnite teams and players to Saudi Arabia this weekend, with the elite competition concluding with a second winning pair on Sunday night.
With a $2 million prize pool up for grabs in the highly anticipated four-day Fortnite tournament in a purpose-built arena at Boulevard Riyadh City, Nigma Galaxy’s Malibuca and TSM’s EpikWhale took the Standard version crown. The 359 points accumulated in Sunday’s final earned them the top prize of $250,000 in that format, with Malibuca also taking home an additional $100,000 to be the weekend’s MVP.
The winners of the Zero Build tournament, who also collected $250,000 in prize money, were Anas from Guild Esports and Pinq from Tundra Esports. They scored 320 points in their event, which ended Friday night.
Malibuca said: “I am delighted with the victory. I think I will be three times more confident in my online tournaments from now on because (I) was really nervous to play this tournament and a huge boost to win. I don’t know yet what I’m going to do with the money; I don’t have a lot of money and I’m saving up, so winning is great. I may be looking to buy a house.
Partner EpikWhale added: “The win adds a lot of confidence to my game, especially playing in a LAN event with top players from all regions, Brazil, Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America. Winning at this makes it easier to go back to playing only Western players. Money is really cool, but I’m also happy that I can do what I love and be successful at it.
“I want to thank the Saudi Esports Federation for hosting us. I never thought before that I would be in Saudi Arabia to play and my time here was truly memorable.
Meanwhile, Anas commented on his Zero Build victory saying, “We are so happy with this achievement. The competition was high level and we felt the pressure throughout the two days, but we are happy that we managed to bring it home at the end. Pinq is the perfect partner and I’m so happy that we were able to win this tournament together. I want to thank the Saudi Esports Federation for organizing such a great tournament, it’s our first time here in the Kingdom and we absolutely loved it.
Pinq said, “That feeling of winning is so special, but what’s even more special is playing against some of the best Fortnite players in the world and coming out on top. The second day was the hardest, but we worked well together and stayed calm until the end. The atmosphere was great, we could hear the fans cheering and supporting us even with our headsets on.
Pinq also sent a special message to young Saudis who aspire to one day hold his position, commenting, “Keep practicing and developing your skills, it will eventually pay off and you will be where you want to be.”
Zero Build – where building is disabled in this mode, but the Overshield is enabled – took place on July 28 and 29 over 12 matches and involving 44 duos, and on a points-based system. Second place in the tournament went to Manchester City Esports’ Trippernn and Hellfire, who claimed $150,000. Nigma Galaxy’s Malibuca and TSM’s EpikWhale won $100,000 after finishing third.
Duo Standard Battle Royale, using the standard ruleset, took place on July 30 and 31 – also involving 12 matches, with 44 duos – with second place going to Chapix and zAndy, from Saudi outfit Team Falcons, who won won $150,000. Setty and Kami of Become Legends claimed $100,000 after finishing third.
Faisal bin Homran, Head of Esports at the Saudi Esports Federation, said: “Fortnite weekend at Gamers8 was a special occasion for gamers and spectators alike, and fully demonstrates the level of global gaming events in elite that Saudi Arabia is capable of hosting. .
“By hosting high profile tournaments such as Fortnite at Gamers8, we know we can truly inspire and empower more fans and players in the Kingdom and beyond. The success of the Fortnite tournament, following the popularity of Rocket League and the Dota 2 Riyadh Masters, makes us very proud and determined to continue delivering an amazing Gamers8 season.