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Two debutant Pakistani Tekken players win international tournament in Tokyo

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Two Pakistani Tekken players broke the world records to claim the title in Japan. The victory has brought to the world’s attention the unknown champions of Tekken players from Pakistan.

Two Pakistani Tekken players beat top world’s top Tekken players at the Tokyo Tekken Masters making their way to the finals of the event. Both the players, Arif Butt from Gujranwala and Awais Honey from Lahore, smashed the world records at their debut entry in the event.

The Pakistani government must promote the participation of the potential players at international events to overturn the image of Pakistan.

The event held at NAMCO Future Institute in Tokyo. The all-Pakistani final highlights the immense potential Pakistani players possess. Arif Butt aced the event with a winning prize of $5,500 whereas Awais Honey clinched a cash prize of $2,700.

The success of Pakistani players did not come easy as they faced multiple obstructions including the visa problems, and then being held at the airport. Earlier, the players were denied entry to the Philippines to participate in Rev Major, which could have their maiden international participation in the world e-gaming contest.

The visa requests of Honey and Butt were rejected even though these two players had beaten another Pakistani player Arsalan Ash, an EVO World Champion 2019, at a local event. Arsalan Ash is the first online gamer to win both EVO World and EVO Japan earlier this year. Arsalan Ash had defeated South Korean’s Knee in Las Vegas to take the home trophy from the world’s most coveted Tekken 7 tournament.

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Arsalan Ash, however, holds the credit of bringing to the world’s attention the remarkable online gamers in Pakistan that possess the ability to defeat any world-class player. Arsalan had even edged out top players from the USA, Japan, and South Korea. He not only made history by becoming the first Pakistani to participate in the event but also by claiming the title.

Whereas, both Arif Butt and Awais Honey had honed their skills by extensively playing the game offline. Nevertheless, the victory of both the Tekken player is beneficial for Pakistan since it helped in bringing up the soft image of the country globally. The Pakistani government must promote the participation of the potential players at international events to overturn the image of Pakistan.

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