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E-Sports: Loveday wins FIFA20 and Sh100,000 during Virtual Games HQ awards

Last updated 1 month ago | By Emmanuel Mochoge

Jude Loveday, FIFA virtual game-winner of 100,000 shillings and Kevin Tambo FIFA 2nd winner of Sh45,000 during the Virtual games HQ E-sports tournament awards at their offices in Jadala Place, Nairobi on December 2, 2020. [David Gichuru, Standard]

Five young Kenyans have emerged victorious in the ongoing E-sports competition inching closer to represent the country globally.

The competition which has gained traction during the lockdown period has attracted a large following among the youth who seek to outdo each other virtually.

Speaking during the awarding ceremony, the CEO of Virtual Games HQ Madam Joanna Gommans said the competition has proved to be a great way to nurture creativity among the youth.

"Virtual games give a good chance for interaction with many players of unknown origin come together with a common objective and goal. It also incorporates all aspects of the virtual space; after which spirit of adventure and creativity is encouraged,” said Gommans.

Virtual sports, also known as E-Sports, emerged as an alternative means for young people to interact albeit virtually since the country recorded its first case of coronavirus by playing games online.

Former Rugby coach Benjamin Ayimba presents a dummy cheque to worth 200,000 shillings to Jude Loveday FIFA virtual game winner of Sh100,000, Kevin Tambo fifa 2nd winner Sh45,000 and Joseph Maroa 3rd winner Sh20,000 and five others not in picture who won the remaining Sh35,000 during the Virtual games HQ awards at their offices in Jadala Place, Nairobi on December 2, 2020. [David Gichuru,Standard]

Targeting the youthful populace the game has attracted participants across the country as they compete for the main prize and a chance to compete globally.

Gamers compete in different games including, Tekken, Online Chess, PUBG, Call Of Duty and FIFA 20.

During award ceremony held on Wednesday at Jadala Place, Nairobi, Jude Loveday walked away with Sh100,000 as the winner of FIFA20 while Kevin Tambo, Joseph Maroa took home  Sh45,000 and  Sh20,000 as the first and second runners up.

 Anwar Yusuf the overall winner for Tekken7 walked away with Sh5, 000. 

Former rugby coach Benjamin Ayimba (center) looks through an android being shown how virtual games work by Jude Loveday(right) winner of FIFA virtual game of Sh100,000 as Anwar Yusuf (left) winner Tekken virtual games HQ winner of Sh5000 during the Virtual games HQ awards at their offices in Jadala Place, Nairobi on December 2, 2020. [David Gichuru, Standard]


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