Left: Nikhil Nair (online winner); Right: Saransh Jain and Kartikeya Behl battling it out in the national finals Image: Tapasri Saha
The national finals of the Asian Football Gaming Championship (AFGC) concluded recently. After qualifiers across nine cities, 16 winners from different Indian cities were selected for the national finals. Three winners — two from offline and one from online — were finally selected from India to represent India at the AFGC grand finals to be held at the Marina Atrium in Singapore from July 13 to 15.
The two offline winners are Saransh Jain and Kartikeya Behl, and the online winner is Nikhil Nair.
Seventeen-year-old Saransh Jain, a Class 12 Commerce student from Loyola high school, Pune, got the better of every opponent and awed everyone with his skills to win the finals against former AFGC winner, 21-year-old Kartikeya Behl. Behl, a Human Resource graduate from Delhi, won the AFGC tournament in Thailand last year, and finished runners-up in the India nationals of the offline qualifiers this year.
The online qualifier was won by Nikhil Nair, a 22-year-old software engineer from Bangalore, who had represented India in the Community Game Fest tournament in Singapore, last year.
A total of 24 players from across Asia will participate in the AFGC grand finals in Singapore this year. The prize pool of $2500 (Rs 1.7 lakh approx) is up for grabs. The main tournament finals in Singapore is on the same day as the World Cup finals on July 15, and it will take place on World Cup mode in FIFA 18. While Behl and Nikhil have decided to play with France, Saransh Jain will play with Brazil in the grand finals.