Fardeen Hussain has been a consistent performer in both FIFA Online 3 and FIFA 18 tournaments Image: Facebook
Nineteen-year-old Fardeen Hussain studies Accountancy at Ngee Ann Polytechnic college in Singapore. But when not in college, he can be found with a controller, playing his favourite game, FIFA.
Fardeen is a budding pro-FIFA gamer who has has been performing consistently in FIFA tournaments for the last few years and has been impressive in both FIFA Online 3 (FO3) and FIFA 18 tournaments. He will also be representing his country Singapore at the AFGC 2018 — Asia's biggest FIFA tournament. In addition to pro gaming, Fardeen is a successful Twitch streamer and very popular in the online game streaming community.
T2 Online talked to the FIFA ace on his journey so far.
Tell us about your first tryst with gaming.
I started gaming at the age of six after my parents bought me a PlayStation 2. The first game I played was FIFA 2004 and I got hooked instantly as I was able to play with my favourite footballer, Steven Gerrard. I am a football fanatic. After that, I started playing the Manager mode in FIFA 07 for hours every day because I loved managing my favourite club, Liverpool FC.
What are the key requisites to be a successful Twitch streamer?
Firstly, they need to have a great personality to attract viewers and keep them entertained. Also, I feel you must have the passion and dedication to succeed. People usually say confidence is the most important thing, but I disagree. I feel that confidence in front of the camera is gained over time.
Tell us about the ups and downs in your gaming career.
The high of my gaming career was when I qualified for the SEA Open Championship 2017 and got to represent Singapore. The low was during the beginning of my FO3 career when I was adapting to the new gameplay style of FIFA 16. I lost many qualifiers at the time.
Fardeen Hussain playing for Singapore at the SEA Open Championship 2017 held in Hanoi, Vietnam Image: Facebook
What do you do when you are not gaming or are in college?
I love watching TV shows. Narcos and F.R.I.E.N.D.S are my favourites.
Did your family support you when you started gaming professionally?
At first, they were unhappy with me playing video games but when I started winning tournaments and keeping my grades intact, they gave me a little freedom and allowed me to manage my own time.
What's the biggest challenge you have faced as a gamer?
Maintaining my current form at the top.
What are the biggest challenges as a professional gamer in Singapore?
Trying to break into the professional scene. There are very few professional teams in Singapore.