A game’s afoot

WHAT MOTIVATES A serious, committed-to-the-sport, virtual gaming enthusiast? “Well, to be honest, I was just in the Dubai Mall that morning.

By Davina Raisinghani

Published: Mon 20 Apr 2009, 9:12 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:59 PM

We saw the competition happening and I decided to participate on the insistence of a friend,” states 27-year-old British national Zubair Imran, the winner of the Gaming Championship held at Jacky’s Electronics recently. “Though, I love the Pro Evolution game, I’m more of a Play Station kind-of-guy, rather than a PC gamer.”

This gaming tournament, held in association with City Times, was a platform for PC gamers to prove themselves the ultimate, this time through the PC version of Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2009. Majority of the reviewers at www.gamespot.com have categorised PES 2009 as either “Perfect”, “Superb” or “Great” (which is a pretty decent critical response).

As an eager crowd of family and friends of the contenders struggled to catch a glimpse of the on-going competition, the 100 or so participants were narrowed down to 34, then 12, then six and eventually three qualifiers were picked to participate in the final leg.

“I would say it was pretty well organised,” muses Imran of the championship. The first prize winner bagged a Core I7 worth Dhs4,999. But winning this expensive desktop (sans an LCD) was not Imran’s motivation; “I played the game not so much for the sake of the prize, but to win the tournament. I like to win.”

However, Imran wasn’t the only gamer to get lucky that evening. Walking away with the runner up prize of a Q-8300 Quad-core desktop, worth Dhs3,899, was 18-year-old student, Abrar Chohan.

“They advertised the competition really well and that was a huge plus point,” explains Chohan on his reason for taking part. “I saw the ad in the paper. It was a great experience and being one of the two winners among 90-odd participants feels pretty good.”

Chohan further explains that he has been playing this game since last October, which is when it released, and therefore felt fairly well-practiced and up to the challenge. “The PC I’ve won now gives me an opportunity to improve my gaming skills further,” claims the pleased runner-up.


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