FIFA 20 tournament hosted in Samoa
Apia’s local gaming centre Push Play hosted a "FIFA 20 Volta 3V3 Rush" tournament in partnership with Marks Samoa last Friday evening.
The gaming competition attracted 16 players with Push Player owner, Francis Siliva Ah Wong, expressing surprise at the number of players who showed up.
He said it was the third FIFA tournament that Push Play hosted and he was grateful there were no differences between the gamers and everyone enjoyed the competition.
"Every time we host a tournament for FIFA it has always been full and always been this surprising," he said and added that the video game "FIFA" is a really big game, not only on the field but also in esports.
Mr. Ah Wong explained that the game is streamed on a few gaming platforms on social media and parents of the competitors have also shown their support for the tournament.
"I wanted to not only identify the FIFA players in Samoa but also just keep the community going," he added.
"The only unique thing about FIFA in Samoa is that there are so many young kids that love playing this game and not only playing but also competitively playing it."
Andre Westerlund had won the tournament and received a trophy as well as $100, $200 Marks Samoa voucher, five free hours at Push Play, and Marks Samoa merchandise.
In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Mr. Westerlund said that it is a good feeling to win after facing tough competition.
"Everyone here was good so the feeling coming out of that is just a good feeling," he said.
The video game "FIFA" is Mr Westerlund’s favorite and he had started playing FIFA 2013 with his older brother, where he had started to get better and learn more skills.
He said that he was confident he was going to win the tournament and added that everyone who joined the tournament had to know in their hearts and minds that they have to win.
Mr. Ah Wong said Mr. Westerlund's performance was just as good as before and maybe even better.
"How Andre treated the game mode is exactly how it is supposed to be treated, like the different skills that he brought into the game, how he used all the walls because some stadiums there are walls and there are some stadiums with no walls so he showed each and every one of us that with walls he can do it, without walls he can still keep the momentum," he said.
"Really surprising, really great tournament, really grateful and so honored to be able to witness these gamers showcase these talents that they have."