Nur “M4ryjane” Haafizhoh and Siti “Hazel” Suriyanti almost share a telepathic understanding as teammates of the Newgank esports team and hope this partnership will help them succeed in the upcoming Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore (FFWS).
Such trust and communication is not surprising, however, given that the couple are a daughter and a mother.
âWe know each other very well and have this rapport which helps us to work closely together in the game,â said Nur, 19.
âHaving open lines of communication is very important to winning in Free Fire. We are able to give each other honest feedback, be transparent in our strategies, and instantly catch everyone’s signals. “
She started mobile gaming about four years ago and is now a full time gamer.
Siti, who encourages other parents to “trust and support their children” if they are interested in gambling, has started playing Free Fire to spend time with her daughter.
âIt has now become such a big part of our lives and we are proud to represent Singapore on the world stage,â she added.
She was also the driving force in getting mutual friends Fahtin “Mirah” Shamirah and Muhammad “MrFrost” Nizam to join Newgank, who is one of 18 international teams involved in the $ 2 million ($ 2.7 million) tournament. dollars) at the Sands Expo and Convention. Center at Marina Bay Sands.
The play-in phase started yesterday and the top three teams advance to tomorrow’s final, alongside the nine other qualifying teams.
Being a woman in the male-dominated esports environment has had its challenges, Nur said.
âI once participated in a local mixed tournament where other players joked that I had to have a male friend play on my behalf,â she said.
â(But) the tournament required all of us to submit a video recording of ourselves playing, which proved to others that my skills were mine.
“The beauty of Free Fire is that the playing field is level once you enter the battlefield, and you can quickly demonstrate to others that you have the experience and skills to compete.”
Siti, who refused to give her age, works part-time as a paramedic and also hopes that “more female players will come forward to try their hand at esports” to help the local community grow.
She noted, “We have to be strong, resilient and outspoken to prove that female players can be successful in the esports scene.”
His team trains almost every day from 11 p.m. to almost 3 a.m. to accommodate those with full-time jobs.
Sponsors yup.gg and Gushcloud also helped organize training sessions with foreign professional coaches and players ahead of the (FFWS).
Despite some nerves, Nur said she and her teammates felt confident.
“We are striving to be one of the first three to qualify for the final, and we will do our best.”