Arslan Siddique, IGN: Ash (In Game Name) hosted a huge event at Nishat Hotel Emporium in Lahore.The aim of the event was to address the e-sports community in Pakistan.
The event was attended by Arslan’s friends and family, e-sports community members, socialites, bloggers, and the media. A montage of Ash’s long journey towards being the king of the Tekken world was played at the event. The 24-year-old gaming prodigy from Lahore was asked questions by Esports Host Mamoon Sabri, about his trek towards being the world’s greatest Tekken player. Ash also reminisced about his sensational victories in international Tekken tournaments and his history.
“If you’re a gamer, it is your dream to be a Red Bull athlete. Red Bull has a huge presence in the international gaming industry and it feels like finally joining my family. Red Bull athletes are a class apart and some of the greatest players in the world. So, it feels amazing to be a part of this elite group. And it’s an honor for me to represent Pakistan through this in the world” said Arslan.
He announced that he is the first Pakistani athlete to be signed by Red Bull. The Tekken master becoming an elite Red Bull athlete has single-handedly put Pakistan’s gaming community on the world map.
I always move forward with a dream to achieve. 10 years ago, my dream was to collect one hundred thousand (Pakistani) rupees. My next dream was to become the number one player in Pakistan. Then it was to become the number one player in the whole world and to win two consecutive EVOs for Pakistan. I have fulfilled that.
Starting out playing in the local arcades in Lahore to winning EVO Japan 2019 and EVO USA 2019 consecutively, Ash is currently on the top of the world. After making history in 2019, Ash is now focusing on his next goal, which is winning the Tekken World Tour 2019 Finals in December in Bangkok, Thailand. Arslan is among the top 20 players in the world invited to compete.
At the event, Ash also offered everyone an opportunity to play Tekken against him. Two of his fans as well as the Red Bull country manager Taimoor Afaq played a game against the champion.
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