Team Flash, a professional esports organization headquartered in Singapore with an emerging roster of esport athletes across Southeast Asia, finished bronze yesterday at the BritAma Arena in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Vietnam representatives, consisting of the country’s top Arena of Valor (AOV) esport players, ProE, Namchin, XB, Gau, Khien, Bug and coach YL, were all fully contracted under Team Flash and just recently renewed their professional athlete contract for another year till August 2019. Last month, they also signed a 6-figure media rights deal with live streaming platform, NimoTV which is part-owned by HuyaTV and Tencent in China.
Vietnam had previously finished with a flawless 5-0 record at the Asian Games qualifier stage against the other Southeast Asian representatives like Singapore, Philippines and Thailand in July, qualifying them as the main representative for the region this weekend.
They beat India convincingly in their opening game 2-0 and edged past Hong Kong 2-1 in the second match of the day. This set up an exciting winners-bracket final clash between the two group winners, Vietnam and the previously undefeated China team.
After a tight game 1 won by China, Vietnam came back strong in the second game evening up the score 1-1. It was not to be as China proved their class and emerged 2-1, securing them a minimum silver medal.
Vietnam would play Chinese-Taipei at the loser bracket finals, with the winner earning another rematch against China in the grand finals. In an intense next two games, Vietnam would fall to the Chinese-Taipei team, earning them a respectable bronze medal yesterday.
Team Flash CEO and Founder, Terence Ting said: “The boys have done Vietnam proud in their first appearance at an international sports event as prestigious as the Asian Games. Even though we are disappointed not to have won the gold medal, we will be training even harder for the next sporting games while focusing on our domestic league with Garena which kicks off later this month.
Eventually, we also hope to see more of our esport athletes across the region represented at these prestigious sporting events, especially our Singaporean athletes who almost qualified for the Asian Games this weekend.”
Vietnamese team captain, Nguyen Quan Nam concurred: “We did really well to earn a bronze medal for Vietnam this time round, and hope to have the opportunity to continue competing at international events like these to showcase Vietnam’s ability in esports to the world.
We believe we can win the gold medal next time as the gap is really close between China, Vietnam and the other top representatives at this tournament.”