2018 was a tough year for most but despite it all the eSports scene kept growing. The year kicked off with the first season of the Tekken 254 circuit which had 32 players. They were divided into 2 divisions and battled it out in a three-round qualifier. The Grand finale was held at the East Africa Gaming Convention (EAGC) 2018. The grand finale saw Mickey take the first spot followed by Vega and Tiz in that order. Season two also came to life in July same year and ended on the 1st of Sept. Visit https://www.tekken254.co.ke/archive for more on the tournament results.
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This was closely followed by a Mortal Kombat XL Championship hosted by PSG in April. Attracting pro gamers from a number of countries including Team Gematrix from Zambia, who wanted a part of the KSH.1,000,000 prize pool. The tournament saw Gematrix taking two of the top 3 spots during the grand finale.
August 2018 saw PSG partner with Naiccon to host Naiccon 2019 themed Asylum. Gamer enthusiast were in the right place as Africa eCup featured a FIFA 18 championship. The pro players came out ready to compete. Check out some of the winners:
Africa eCup 1st place - Ksh.400,000 -Sunche 2nd place -Ksh. 200,000 Trika Boy 3rd place –Ksh 100,000 King slayer MKXL Championship 1st place – KSH. 500,000 – Justine Banda 2nd Place -Ksh . 200,000- William Preist 3rd place -Ksh.100,000 – Zaza 4th place – Ksh75,000- Ariba stax 5th place – Ksh 50,000 Gambit 6th Place – Ksh 25,000 Krach the beast 7th Place – Ksh 25,000 Big Tee tee’s 8th Place – Ksh 25,000 -J25 Flow
Soon after this Jumia hosted a FIFA 19 tournament at TRM with a prize pool of Ksh.65,000. The tournament saw Philip Kimani take the top prize Ksh.50,000, while second and third prize went to Boniface Maina and Josephat Macharia taking Ksh.10,000 and Ksh.5000.
Mobile gamers were not left behind in 2018 as Red Bull M.E.O by ESL had a Clash Royale qualifier round for Kenya. The winner of the round would be flown to Berlin for the Clash Royale Global Championship to be held on 2nd and 3rd of Feb 2019. Find out more the winner at: http://psg.co.ke/home/razor.php
The year ended with the NBA 2k Tournament hosted by Masters of Mayhem at Fenwick place. The objective was to recruit new NBA 2k players for the Masters of Mayhem esports team dubbed the A team.
If you missed out on the events that took place in 2018, keep calm 2019 has a lot of promise. Keep it here for more on what to expect in 2019