Teams win big in mobile gaming competition

Team No Pressure were crowned the national winners of the previously concluded Red Bull MEO tournament in Karen, Nairobi last weekend.

The team walked away with Ksh.250,000 for emerging top in the competition with 94 points. They beat N8 Warriors who scored 87 points and Face to Face who scored 70 points to secure second and third place.

Teams that were competing in Red Bull MEO were playing PUBG Mobile which is a free to play, first-person hero shooter mobile game. This was the 5th season of Red Bull MEO globally. The international circuit features national and regional competitions in more than 20 countries.

The Kenyan series saw two online qualifiers with the first one hosting 27 teams and the second with 32 teams. 8 teams from each round progressed to the national finals.

Eugene Abuderby, who was a caster at the national finals, said the competition is an asset for the country as it showed that teams can earn from competitive eSports.

“This type of competition is important because it proves that esports is a viable day to day career. As initially thought, people took it as a hobby, playing video games was just for fun.”

“To grow the gaming community even further, we need to do events like this often. We need to have the communities engaged on a regular basis, talk to them, hear them out and have them meet on a regular basis and compete on such healthy environments.” He reiterated.

This is the first gaming tournament that Team No Pressure has competed in together. Mr. Salman Abdi, Team No Pressure Captain, acknowledged that there were bumps in their road to be the national champions but expressed happiness in winning Red Bull MEO.

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