From the 22nd to the 23rd of July, PLG took part of Jordan’s gaming festival, Jordan Games Week, in its second edition presented by Umniah, in association with Arab Bank, featuring Fanta Masters. The team hosted seven different tournaments and numerous competitions at the event, bringing the community together in a competitive setting for glory and prizes reaching over 6000 JOD.
Spread over two days, the Jordanian tournament of the 2016 season of Fanta Masters had a record attendance, as we search for the best Jordanian FIFA 16 players in the country. With over 350 players participating, and more than 1000 matches played, we finally have our 8 final Jordanian FIFA 16 players each winning a brand new PlayStation 4. These top 8 continued on to play in Bo3 series, to crown our Jordanian Fanta Masters Grand Champion and a Runner-up that will both fly to compete in the 2016 Fanta Masters Championship Finals, against 30 other upcoming players from across the Middle East and North Africa for a chance to win bigger prizes to be revealed soon. Although last year’s runner-up Ahmad Kussad lost in the top 16, the 2015 Jordanian Champion Saif Haddadin (and also finalist of the PLG Super Cup Season 2 and runner-up of the 2015 Championship Finals) managed to defend his title against Firas Qatanani, and will both represent the country in the 2016 Fanta Masters Championship Finals.
Another great headlined tournament at Jordan Games Week was Mortal Kombat XL. Although the official Mortal Kombat XL Cup ended – with an amazing results culminating with our Middle East Champion Sayed “Tekken Master” Hashem reaching number 2 in the world at EVO 2016 - it didn’t stop us to host another Mortal Kombat tournament. Over 64 Kombatants fought their way throughout the brackets, and it all came to our final two players – last year’s finalist and runner-up Ahmad Abou Nemri, and newcomer Nidal Madhat Albakri. With Ahmad coming from the loser brackets, he needed a full set won to reset the brackets, and continue for a shot at being crowned as the Jordanian champion. Sadly, like a deja-vu of the 2015 JGW Mortal Kombat X tournament, Ahmad lost and ended up runner-up of the competition, winning 250 JOD, followed by Nidal now our new 2016 Jordanian MKX champion and winning 500 JOD.
Last but not least on the front of console gaming, PLG hosted the first Call of Duty World League (CWL) Qualifier for the Middle East. Numerous teams competed ferociously and team Another1 led by Omar Alhawary (now renamed to EniGmA V for the Middle East Finals) will be advancing to the Middle East Finals of the Call of Duty World League in Dubai, for a chance to win a chunk of the 10000$ prize pool. On the side was also a FFA tournament for single players with no teams, which had Ahmad Abulhafeez and Hroot Yousef Nader Jawhari win respectively 500 and 250 Jordanian Dinars.
One thing that shocked us about Jordan Games Week 2015 was the number of teams and spectators that were highly involved with the Counter Strike: Global Offensive Tournament compared to any other country we have been to in the Arab World. This year was even bigger when we decided to remove the Team Capacity Limit from 16 teams to allow all 26 teams to take part in this tournament. Our main concern in such situations is the lack of time and resources to conclude such a tournament but we have witnessed extremely professional behavior from our Teams, Admins, and Supervisor to ensure that everything was being done on time, in timely fashion, and with the least amount of issues.
We took a learning from last year to give more attention to the CSGO Community by broadcasting a fair share of the games on the Big Screen that was located in the same hall the teams were playing. From the 26 teams we saw a massive number of professional teams that have been playing together for a very long time and many of them were supported and sponsored by the Gaming Café’s they go to practice.
Two teams stood out as the Champion and Runner-Up to claim the 1,500 JD prize pool and have been at it for a very long time. It was amazing for the fans to see such a rivalry being concluded in the finals. Team C5.Jo was crowned Champion of JGW 2016 and claimed 1,000 JD for first place where Team Question Mark fall short in the finals to take second place and claim 500 JD as Runner-Up of JGW 2016.
This year was amazingly huge compared to how big the Dota 2 Tournament was last year. We were forced to yet again remove the limit of 16 teams to allow a total of 24 teams to play head to head with Live Commentary on the Hall’s Big Screen where everyone can enjoy the game that they love and cheer for their favorite teams.
Like the CSGO tournament that took place in the same hall, we saw a massive number of professional teams that have been playing together for a very long time and many of them were supported and sponsored by the Gaming Café’s they go to practice.
Two teams stood out as the Champion and Runner-Up to claim the 1,500 JD prize pool. It was amazing for the fans to witness Jordanian Pandas putting on a show and demonstrating commitment and discipline to the game in addition to the support of their management. Team Jordanian Pandas were crowned Champion of JGW 2016 and claimed 1,000 JD for first place where Team Left Overs fall short in the finals to take second place and claim 500 JD as Runner-Up of JGW 2016.
League of Legends has always seen love from the community and fans in Jordan and the Arab world combined, it was no different this year. 25 teams went on to battle it out in an intense Single Elimination format to find out who will be crowned Champion of Jordan Games Week 2016. We have witnessed extremely professional behavior from our Teams, Admins, and Supervisor to ensure that everything was being done on time, in timely fashion, and with the least amount of issues.
Many Teams were sponsored by the Gaming Café’s that they went to practice in and have shown high levels of performance whether it was individual skills or team coordination and synergy.
Despite the fact that everyone was betting on the defending champions, Patrick Square Pants, to take 1st place, there were many teams that were battling for top spot in the early stages of the tournament. As the tournament came to an end, Patrick Square Pants successfully defended their title and was crowned Champion of JGW 2016 to claim 1,000 JD for first place where as Team Passion Gaming put on a show through the quarter finals but fall short in the finals to take second place and claim 500 JD as Runner-Up of JGW 2016.
On behalf of PLG, we would like to thank the Jordan Games Week team for hosting us for the second time in Jordan, as well as the partners including Umniah Jordan, Arab Bank, Fanta Masters and many more. Thank you to our fans in Jordan for joining, and we hope to do more in the kingdom in the near future.