As the COVID restrictions lifted, people started coming out of their homes. However, due to the long retreat at home and the severity of COVID, people were still scared to visit public places. Ocean Mall Karachi wanted to tackle this challenge and host an event: “Ocean Mall Summer Fest ’22” that could attract the masses and engage them at a fun event. Ocean Mall sat with NGES once again to hack a plan and came up with an idea to organize a 3-day Esports tournament at the mall, Ocean Mall Summer Fest.
Ocean Mall Esports Summer Fest once again gathered gamers of all platforms from across the city to compete in FIFA, Free Fire, and CS GO tournaments for a prize pool of 1 LAC PKR. 500+ people registered for the tournament. There was great footfall at the tournament and families, and youth actively engaged at the event.
NGES made all the necessary arrangements for the tournament and took necessary steps to tackle the COVID situation, including the sourcing and logistics of the gaming equipment, consoles, and internet, conducting matches, and all the League Operations for the tournament that spanned across 3 days.
The tournament spanned 3 days. The first day for the CS GO tournament, the second and third for Free Fire and FIFA tournaments respectively.
The CS GO tournament was based on a 1v1 format. 100+ people registered for the tournament and some of the reputable names from the CS GO community like Wildeity, Bullet, HZI, and Frizby also showed up to take part.
We saw some really intense battles as players progressed through the rounds spawn after the spawn. As the brackets narrowed, competitions got tougher and the best ones came through. Wildeity and Bullet made it to the final match and after a nail-biting competition in 30 rounds Bullet came through as the winner and won a cash prize of 25,000 PKR and Wildeity, 10,000 PKR as the runner-up.
The Free Fire tournament was based on Clash Squad format where the best squads from all over Karachi went head to head in fierce battles. Some big names like Team TG and Team Alpha also participated. As the rounds progressed and teams got eliminated, Team TG and Team Alpha made it to the final and engaged in an exciting battle. Team TG outperformed Team Alpha and won the tournament taking home a cash prize of 25,000 PKR, Team Alpha, the runner-up won 10,000 PKR.
The FIFA Tournament saw some intense battles as the finest FIFA players from all over the city went head to head in exciting matches. Izzan Ahmed outperformed everybody and won the tournament taking home prize money of 25,000 PKR.
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It lifted our spirits to see the gaming community coming together again to make this event a success. Post-COVID, this was a much-needed Esports feast for the enthusiasts and the Esports in Pakistan.
Ocean Mall Karachi’s Marketing & Leasing Manager, Faizan, stated:
“Post COVID, Ocean Mall decided to bring back the Esports spirit in Pakistan and put on a great show, which was a treat for Esports and gaming enthusiasts across Karachi. We saw a great number of families and young people at the mall. We look forward to hosting another such tournament with NGES in winter as well.”