Team Flash makes a historic move today to sign two of Malaysia’s top FIFA players, Darren ‘RippedJean’ Gan and Aaron ‘J0k3r’ Gomez on a 1-year contract.
As two-time representatives for Malaysia in the popular EA SPORTS™ FIFA ONLINE 3 game, Darren ‘RippedJean’ Gan and Aaron ‘J0K3R’ Gomez need no introduction to both eSport & FIFA fans in Malaysia.
RippedJean and J0K3R will be making their Team Flash debut later this month at the EA Champions Cup Summer 2017 in Guangzhou, China with an impressive prize pool of over $329,000 USD, with half of the prize pool ($150,000) going to the winning team.
The tournament will take place on 21st to 23rd July at the Poly World Trade Center Expo, and sees over 10 participating countries including heavyweights Korea & China, with Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Europe and the combined Singapore & Malaysian team represented by RippedJean and J0K3R. Last year, Wen Jun ‘hibidi’ Chiang (also under Team Flash), placed 3rd at the same competition with team Singapore, winning USD $60,000 for Singapore’s podium finish in December 2016.
Regarded as one of the best FIFA players in Southeast Asia, RippedJean was recently crowned champion for the Road to China qualifier thus finishing as first seed for the EA Champions Cup in Guangzhou. At just 20 years of age, RippedJean has both talent and time on his side to cement his eSports legacy in Malaysia.
As for Gomez or J0K3R as he is better known, the experienced 24-year old veteran came to prominence after emerging champion in the Road to Vietnam qualifiers last year, and finished 1st runner-up behind RippedJean in the mixed qualifiers for Guangzhou. Both J0K3R and RippedJean have also been playing in the same National Championship team, an inter-state tournament with the best players in Singapore and Malaysia competing every season.
The move comes at an opportune time and is seen as a strategic move to consolidate Team Flash’s standing as the most recognized FIFA team in Southeast Asia, especially with Singaporean FIFA champion Wen Jun ‘hibidi’ Chiang already under the organization’s belt. It also marks Team Flash’s first venture outside of the local (Singapore) market, breaking it’s policy of only signing proven eSport talents in Singapore which has worked well in the past.
RippedJean, who was Malaysia’s champion in the Road to China qualifiers for Guangzhou, was excited to join Team Flash and had the following to say:
Team Flash had a very good name in the eSports scene, and it’s my pleasure that I am a part of their plans. I believe Team Flash will make me a better player than I am today, and together we can achieve more in the future.
J0K3R, who will be co-captaining the team in China, added:
Team Flash has been a powerhouse in eSports since 2010 and are back to make an impact in the eSports scene again. It’s an honour to be included in their plans.
I have been waiting for an opportunity like this to step up my game as a player and person. Together with Team Flash, it’s just a matter of time until we become the best team in Southeast Asia.
Terence Ting, founder of Team Flash on signing RippedJean and J0K3R:
“We are extremely excited to welcome Malaysia’s best talent to our organization – we have been keeping tabs on the FIFA scene in Malaysia and it was finally the right time to move in. RippedJean and J0K3R are a crucial part of our expansion plans.
We believe FIFA will be the eSport to watch next year, especially with EA stepping up support for the game on a global level. Investing in J0K3R and RippedJean makes sense for everyone long-term, and we hope to groom them into true stars to represent both Malaysia and Team Flash at an international level.
Follow the players on their respective social media pages at: RippedJean / J0K3R