This week saw Razer anticipate its sponsored squads to win more titles at various esports events, notably British-born Benjamin 'Problem X' Simon. There's also a rather large FIFA tournament going on. It has been quite the weekend for live esports events.
British Razer combatant aiming for domination
2019 is going to be a potentially good year for Team Razer as the company announced a record number of esports players will represent at the finals of EVO 2019 and The Internations (TI9) Dota 2. With upwards of $30 million up for grabs across both tournaments, there's plenty at stake of Team Razer. Razer currently works with 18 of the top competing teams within the industry.
The spotlight is firmly fixed on British player Benjamin 'Problem X' Simon, who just so happens to be the current reigning champion in Street Fighter V after his stellar performance at EVO 2018. "I am extremely competitive, and I find it fun and thrilling to compete under high-pressure environments. Winning EVO a second time in a row would be amazing for me, as nobody has ever won the main EVO event for Street Fighter V twice in a row before."
Problem X has performed well enough over recent years to be in the position where quitting his day job in 2018 made financial sense, becoming primarily a professional gamer. He's walked away with titles from Sonic Boom, April Annihilation, and Reflect UK this year alone. Taking down opponents at this year's EVO will make 2019 the year for Problem X, as well as Razer.
It'll be interesting to see just how well Razer sponsored teams will continue to perform this year.
FIFA eWorld Cup comes to London town
The best FIFA players came together this weekend to compete in the eWorld Cup Final at London's O2 Arena. Not only is this a prestigious complex in the UK capital city, but there was also $250,000 up for grabs for one lucky winner — the total prize pool is $500,000. While this isn't as enticing as Fortnite's tournament this year, it's still a considerable amount of funds for the players.
As reported by Reuters, Mosaad Aldossary from Saudi Arabia will be looking to defend his title, but he will have to face off some stiff competition from the best FIFA players who would like nothing more than to replace him at the top and take home the prize money.
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