Professional esports player Muhamad Luqman “GB Fenrir” Haziq is the only Malaysian to go head-to-head with other FIFA players from all over Asia in the PlayStation Asia League, hosted by PlayStation Asia and ESL Asia.
The 21-year-old university student has always been a passionate FIFA player since he was a child but it wasn’t until a year ago when he decided to become an active player in the FIFA competitive arena.
Despite his claims to be a newcomer in the esports industry, Luqman has an impressive track record as a competitive FIFA player under his belt.
His spectacular track record includes being the FIFA 18 Champion in Malaysian eSports League (MESL) 2018 last March and a runner-up in Malaysian Cyber Games 2018 last January.
One of his biggest achievements was becoming the sole qualifier for Malaysia to the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Cup in Barcelona earlier this year.
“Being a part of FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona was one of the best experiences that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
It was an eye-opener for me because I could learn the differences between Asian and European players in terms of their skill sets and mental preparations for each match. European players tend to take calculated risk that yield good result in the end while Asian players tend to play it safe at first,” he said.
Although he fell short after losing several matches in the early stage of the Barcelona tournament, he considered it to be his learning curve ahead of the upcoming PlayStation Asia League that will commence this Sunday.
Luqman is set to against 7 other FIFA players in the Asian region; from Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Indonesia. The winner will get to represent Asia in the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in the footballing city of Amsterdam from 28th May until 3rd June 2018.
He told Gamehubs, “I’m very proud to be the first and only Malaysian to reach this stage. When I first started to play FIFA professionally, I always set my goal high to land a chance of competing in the grand final of FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in Amsterdam.
I hope with my past experience as a Malaysian representative for FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona and as a sole Malaysia player competing in PlayStation Asia League will help to inspire other young players or players older than me to get involved in the competitive FIFA scene in Malaysia, as well as to show that Malaysians can also compete in FUT mode.”
Balancing between his esports and his studies, Luqman offered a simple advice for students who want to step into his shoes as competitive FIFA player, “As my father once said, work hard and play hard. Work hard means do your best in your studies.
Whenever you have the time to play, it’s okay to lose as long you learn your mistakes from your previous match and do better in your next match.”
We would like to wish Luqman all the best on his endeavour to be selected as the representative of Asia for the upcoming FIFA eWorld Cup 2018! Support your fellow Malaysian by joining the hype at Battle Arena in Jaya Shopping Centre Petaling Jaya this Sunday. You can get free tickets available here. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or go to ESL Asia’s Facebook page.