After a whole year of tournaments, the 2016 Fanta Masters Championship Finals hosted 32 of the best EA Sports FIFA players from all across the region, including Gulf’s best from KSA, Bahrain, the Levant with Jordan as well as many more countries like Iraq, for a two day grand final event hosted at the PLG Studio facility at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The stakes this year were even higher than the 2015 season, with the inclusion of Fanta Masters as an official “Ultimate Team Championship Regional Qualifier” event with several prestigious accolades.
The tournament started off with a group stage on December 9th, which had every player compete play an away and home match against each one of its group’s 3 other players. 16 players continued their ways into the playoff rounds, and some of the previous season favorites were there for another chance to grab the title, including 2-times FIWC Finalist Abdulaziz Shiddo, 2014 and 2015 Fanta Masters Mohammed Kamali from Bahrain as well as the 2015 defending champion Bandar Al-Moutayri from Kuwait.
The final 8 players were a nice mix of Levant versus Gulf, with returning Fanta Masters against newcomers, such as Bahrain’s Mohammed Kamali going against Abdulaziz Shiddo like in the 2014 Bahrain Fanta Masters country finals, but also 2015 and 2016 Jordan Fanta Masters Seif Haddadin going against veteran Kuwait Fanta Masters Eid Al-Rashidi, as well as newcomers Haider Ezzat, Hamad Halawi, Ahmed Toubasi and previous 2014 UAE Fanta Masters Uzayr Marria. It was thanks to their skills, and hint of luck like any game of EA Sports FIFA that Seif Haddadin from Jordan and Uzayr Marria from UAE reached the finals; one final match to crown the grand champion of this 2016 season. In a Real Madrid vs Barcelona match, like a virtual Classico, the 21 year old Jordanian Fanta Masters Seif Haddadin won over his UAE competitor, 7-6 in penalties, and was crowned the 2016 Fanta Masters Grand Champion, winning AED 30,000 in cash as well as numerous prizes from our partners over at PlayStation Middle East such as a brand new PlayStation 4 Pro. Uzayr Marria as a runner-up won the sum of AED 15,000, followed by Abdulaziz Shiddo with AED 5000.
As the 2016 Fanta Masters Grand Champion, Seif Haddadin will also continue his professional EA Sports FIFA 17 gaming career to the “Ultimate Team Championship Regional Final” in Sydney in February 2017 to compete for another 50,000 USD Prize Pool for Season 1. Winners of the Sydney tournament then would go on to the Ultimate Team Championship Final held globally, then the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) Grand Final in London in 2017 to compete for USD 300,000 prize pool and a trip for the winner and their guest to FIFA’s annual football award ceremony.
Missed this year’s Fanta Masters tournament league? Stay tuned to our website, and all social media pages (including the dedicated Fanta Masters Twitter and Facebook accounts) to learn more about next year’s tournament, and how you can represent your country for prize and glory in the region first and biggest EA Sports FIFA league.