Pakistani gamer wins Tekken 7 tournament title at Evo Japan 2023

Arslan poses at the tournament.— Twitter/@evojapan2023
Arslan poses at the tournament.— Twitter/@evojapan2023

Pakistan’s professional fighting game player Arslan “Ash” Siddiqui has given the country yet another moment of glory in the international arena after he won the title of the Tekken 7 tournament during the EVO Japan 2023.

Arslan — with the character name Zafina — eliminated KDF | Meo-IL —whose player name was Geese — 3-0 to win the title, during the tournament final on Friday.

Earlier, Arslan (Zafina) beat Varrel | Rangchu (Panda) 3-2 in the winners’ final and KDF | Meo-IL (Geese) 2-1 in the winners’ semi-final.

Tekken 7 — Results

1. FATE | Arslan Ash (Zafina, Kunimitsu)

2. KDF | Meo-IL (Geese)

3. Varrel | Rangchu (Julia, Panda)

4. Watanabe (Eliza)

5. Gken (Josie)

5. UYU | LowHigh (Shaheen, Steve)

7. Mulgold (Claudio, Fahkumram)

7. Saint (Jack-7)

Arslan now has three EVO titles under his belt in Tekken 7, with his previous wins coming in EVO Japan and EVO Championship in 2019.

Yesterday, Arslan tweeted that EVO Japan is “the hardest tournament ever”.

EVO Japan is one of the most prestigious electronic sports (Esports) fighting events of the year. The three-day competition was held between March 31 and April 2 with over 5,000 attendees.

The breakdown of prize money in each game is listed below:

• 1st: ¥1,000,000 (Est. $7529.90 USD)

• 2nd: ¥400,000 (Est. $3011.96 USD)

• 3rd: ¥200,000 (Est. $1505.98 USD)

• 4th: ¥120,000 (Est. $903.59 USD)

• 5th-6th: ¥80,000 (Est. $602.39 USD)

• 7th-8th: ¥60,000 (Est. $451.79 USD)

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