Amraan Gani “Amraan” Musa Bakar has become a rising star in the South East Asia scene for competitive play in FIFA Online 3, and he has added another exploit to his achievements after securing a runner-up spot in The Intercontinentals 2017, an international tournament sponsored by Garena. The maritime studies freshman from Nanyang Technological University was defeated in a tightly contested final to Tharn “Tantay” Silalai of Thailand, with a final score of 2-3 in a best-of-five game series.
On top of his recent podium finish, this is the third time Amraan has won an international medal from FIFA Online 3 tournaments. His breakthrough moment came when he was crowned champion at the SEA Open Championship (SOC) 2016 in Vietnam, before clinching a second runner-up spot with his team at EA Champion’s Cup (EACC) Winter 2016 in Thailand. All of these victories has netted him over $70,000 in cash winnings in just over a year.
Amraan’s latest achievement might be an impressive feat, but he lamented the fact that he could have ended up as the champion. “It feels good to finally perform on the Thailand server. Unfortunately, I squandered my chances of winning it this time,” he said. “My opponents were really good, I had to be wary of their threats on the field. Singaporean players will have a chance of bringing home the championship as we’ve been performing consistently in big stages such as SOC, EACC and now this.”
The 23-year-old faced contestants from across South East Asia, China, Korea, and America, including FIFA console players Maksym Plakhov from Rox and Fnatic’s Nicolo Mirra, as they competed for a total prize pool of THB 1,000,000 ($30,000). Malaysia’s eMasterVin was also present at the venue, but he finished in the lower bracket after losing all of his preliminary matches.
Aspiring Malaysian and Singaporean players can stand a chance to repeat the footsteps of Amraan as FIFA Online 3 hosts four international tournaments a year, with the next competition scheduled for mid-2017. Stay tuned to fo3.garena.com for more information, and you can also check out our take on why it’s worthwhile to consider an eSports career in FIFA Online 3.