AFGC is one of the biggest FIFA tournaments in Asia Image: Tapasri Saha
Asia's biggest FIFA gaming tournament — the Asian Football Gaming Championship (AFGC) — is about to begin. The best FIFA 18 players in the continent will descend on Singapore for the grand finale set to be held from July 13-15 at the famous Marina Square. The event is being organised by the Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA).
The tournament doesn't only offer the title of Asia's best but also has a prize pool is $2500 (Rs 1,75,000 approx) up for grabs. Additionally, the top two from AFGC will be invited to watch French football champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) playing their pre-season in Singapore from July 25 to August 1.
The tournament will be of particular interest to India with the country's first major international triumph in FIFA coming at the same event last year when Kartikeya Behl won the 2017 edition. This year, all eyes will be on Kartikeya's title defence but he will face some stiff competition from some of the best in the business.
T2 Online takes a look at top players other than the reigning champ, who can put a major mark on this year's tournament.
The popular player from Japan is probably the biggest favourite to win the AFGC this year alongside the reigning champion. He has been a FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) finalist in 2015 and 2017.Moe Hein Kyaw
The FIFA ace from Myanmar is a veteran of many events. He has played multiple tournaments in Thailand and Singapore and will try to make the best of his experience.
The Indonesian pro-FIFA player lost in the final to Kartikeya last year in Thailand and will be hoping to do one better this time.
The lad from Singapore may be young but has a lot of big games experience, having played in the Champions Cup in Vietnam. Fardeen will be certainly looking to excel with the home support egging him on.Zain Ali Shah
The 17-year-old gamer will be the first gamer to represent Pakistan at the AFGC. After a long time, we'll see Pakistan being represented at a major international tournament. Shah went undefeated to win the Pakistan AFGC qualifiers to earn the opportunity and will look to make the most out of it.Saransh Jain
The 17-year-old clinched the top spot in the India qualifiers after a victory over the reigning champ Kartikeya. He will be flying to Singapore with only the title in his mind. FIFA fans in India will be hoping for a good display from him.
The 22-year-old FIFA ace from Maldives has won multiple tournaments in his country and is expected to put on a strong showing in Singapore.Ahmed Shaakir
The skilful player won the Sri Lankan AFGC qualifiers and impressed everyone with his bag of tricks. Expect a flashy showing from the stylish player in the grand finals.Atta Natthawich
The FIFA ace from Thailand came second in the EA Champions Cup (EACC) Summer 2017 in China last year and will be eager to prove himself at AFGC this year.Amirul Afandi
The Malaysian FIFA pro has won numerous FIFA tournaments throughout his illustrious career and will be one of the frontrunners for this year's AFGC title. The veteran player has even represented German Bundesliga club Schalke 04 in a FIFA tournament in Germany this year. He will be looking for a stronger finish this year to improve on his fourth place in AFGC 2017.