L-R: Brand Specialist, 9mobile, Obinna Onochie; Winner Player 9 Tournament, Okoye Valentine; and Manager, Data and Devices, 9mobile, Reymond Oikerhe during the Player 9 Tournament event, a gaming tournament organised by GAMR in partnership with 9mobile which held at Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos.
It was an exciting day for gamers as 9mobile once again burnished its industry positioning as Nigeria’s innovative and youth-centric telecommunication network when it partnered with Gamr Africa, a gaming company for gaming enthusiasts, to host the 2023 edition of Player 9 E-sports Tournament.
The event which was held at the foyer of the prestigious Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos, brought together gaming enthusiasts, professionals, and beginners alike to take part in the festival-like gaming experience.
To participate in the games, Gamers registered online and onsite using the 9mobile-GAMR platform. Following this, the event kicked off with a knockout round of 32 gamers, with 16 of them emerging to advance to the next round. Eight of the gamers will later emerge to the quarter finals, and four making it to the semifinals, while the last two proceeded to the final. Each of the gamers had a playing time of six minutes to surmount the challenge and move to the next round.
The pulsating tournament saw Valentine Okoye emerge as the winner, carting home a brand new PS5 game console, a new Samsung Galaxy Phone and free 15 Gigabyte data bundle. The first and second runner up went home with Samsung Phones and free 11 Gigabyte data bundles each. Other participating gamers, supporters, and attendees who came out tops in Q&A sessions were gifted with phones and free data.
The winner could not hide his joy saying, “to be honest, I am excited! I desperately wanted a PS5; I know I’m a top player and I stood a chance. I was a player that only played with my brother, a parlour champion kind of. So, I just came here with the mindset of ‘no pressure, just have fun, and luckily, I am the champion. Gaming has given me a lot in terms of experience and networking and, most importantly, money. I am truly grateful to 9mobile for this opportunity”, he enthused.
Speaking at the event Manager, Events and Sponsorship, 9mobile, Ufuoma Dogun, hailed the partnership and reiterated 9mobile’s commitment to the youth market. “Our collaboration with Gamr Africa is in furtherance of our commitment to the youth segment of our customers and complements our other youth-centric initiatives such as ‘The Hack’. In integrating the power of the 9mobile network with that of Gamr, we aim to create lasting memories and connections for the gaming community and hope to take the gaming event to various campuses across the nation”, he said.
Some of the participants expressed gratitude to 9mobile and Gamr for the opportunity to take their e-gaming skill to a whole new level and promised to try harder and win next time.
9mobile partnership with Gamr Africa to host the Player9 Tournament is aimed at creating a unique and exotic online gaming experience for gamers on the 9mobile network and is one of 9mobile’s flagship initiatives to promote the gaming culture and deepen enterprise among the youth segment of the market.