LAHORE: Pakistan’s biggest gaming tournament ‘GameBird Game Fest 2018’ concluded in Lahore with 7 teams from across Pakistan emerging victorious and taking home a total of Rs5 million in prize money. The tournament was sponsored by Telenor Pakistan as part of its efforts to strengthen the local gaming community.
Gaming enthusiasts from across Pakistan participated in the tournament. After the initial online and city-level qualifiers, the shortlisted players travelled to Lahore for the final showdown to play four PC and three mobile games: CS:GO, DOTA 2, Fortnite, PUBG, PUBG Mobile, Clash Royale, and Asphalt 9. Apart from the main tournament, there were different console, arcade and mobile gaming competitions for various participants. The entire tournament was broadcast live for 50 days via Gamebird’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
Telenor’s GameBird is Pakistan’s first ever gaming platform to connect developers and gaming enthusiasts and help boost and revitalize the gaming ecosystem of the country. In order to further develop this sector, Telenor has become the first telecom operator in Pakistan that provides easy access to content through Google’s Direct Carrier Billing (DCB). Through DCB, customers can buy apps and make in-app purchases using their Telenor Mobile balance and continue to enjoy premium services.
“Congratulations to all victorious teams for winning at Pakistan’s largest PC gaming tournament,” said Sardar Abubakr – Chief Digital & Strategy Officer at Telenor Pakistan. “As staunch advocates of the growth of digital technology and innovation, Telenor Pakistan has been nurturing local talent within the online gaming space. GameBird previously also hosted Pakistan’s first online game summit last year. Through more of such measures, we will continue supporting the growth of the Pakistani gaming landscape by providing our youth with robust platforms to showcase their talent.”
Game Fest 2018 is the second installment of future gaming tournaments that GameBird is to organize in the country. The first gaming tournament by GameBird was ‘GameBird Lan Clan’ that took place in July 2018. GameBird is an e-Sports platform for gamers and gaming app developers in Pakistan. The platform hosts events, tournaments, broadcasts, and provides reviews and plays of different games. GameBird is geared for more initiatives in mobile & PC gaming (tournaments, community meet-ups, etc.) in the near future.