I am absolutely positive that this is the first time that a Singapore eSports athlete has been featured in our local newspapers. This isn’t just Xian’s victory, but a victory overall in getting our country to recognise videogames as a legitimate hobby and career.
My dad, someone who does not care about videogames, was intrigued after reading the news: “Do you know him?” he said.
Me: “Of course, he’s my friend!” (which is true, I have spoken to Xian before and wrote about his accomplishments on NGNT).
Dad: “Where does he normally play?”
Me: “Bugis, but we don’t play the same games. I play a different game [Melty Blood].”
Later that same night, during class, a classmate told me after reading my NGNT report: “Xian is amazing! He’s so good!”
Bravo, my brother. Your championship victory has piqued the interest of an entire nation.