Tekken has always been a popular video-game franchise among Gamers in Pakistan. Tekken games are available to play in Arcades/Gaming Zones all around Pakistan.
The video-game series was popularised in Pakistan thanks to Tekken 3 which was released back in 1997, and is still played by many people in Arcade. The gameplay focuses on hand-to-hand combat with an opponent, with the gameplay system including blocks, throws, escapes, and ground fighting.
Throughout the years alot of players in Pakistan have mastered the art of fighting in these video-games by challenging their friends and other people in Arcades who would claim to be the better player. These competitions are also really fun to watch and sometimes get really intense.
Tekken 3, Tekken 6, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and the recently released Tekken 7 are the most popular in the Tekken franchise among Gamers in Pakistan. There have been numerous Tekken-related Tournaments organised in Gaming Zones and Universities in many different parts of the country. Many talented players would come forward to compete in these Tournaments to get recognition, win trophies and cash prizes.
Tekken scene in Pakistan came to the spotlight only recently when player nick-named Arslan Ash who has been playing Tekken competitively since Tekken 6, burst onto the international Tekken scene after defeating Tekken legend Knee at the OUG Tournament 2018 without losing a single game.
Arslan Ash also won the KOFGCC Tournament in Oman, Kuwait, for both KOF XIV and Tekken 7.
Arslan then took part in the Tekken Tournament at EVO Japan 2019, defeating big players like Knee, Chanel, Lowhigh, Book, Jimmyjtran, and atlast AK with a bracket reset to win the entire Tournament. He successfully retained his title at EVO 2019 sweeping through the winners bracket using Geese, and finally beating Knee once again with Kazumi in the Grand Finals, further placing his position at the top of the Tekken scene.
Since then, more people have started to recognize the Tekken talent in Pakistan. More players from Pakistan came forward to compete on an international level like Awais Honey who acquired a sponsorship from Genuine Gaming which is an Australian esports organization. He participated in FV Cup 2019 in Malaysia and won the Tournament by competing against fellow countrymen Bilal and Khan, as well as Ulsan, Nobi and finally Knee with a Bracket-Reset with his Akuma. Atif Butt ,a Pakistani Tekken player who was also representing Genuine Gaming, placed first in the Tokyo Tekken Masters 2019 in Japan.
These players from Pakistan competing on an International level against big players and defeating them really helped the Tekken scene in Pakistan grow as many started to realize Pakistan had alot of super-talented players.
Tekken World Tour organized a Tekken Tournament in Rawalpindi, Pakistan called Takra Cup on 3rd November 2019. Over 170 players from all across Pakistan and even other countries such as UK, Ireland and France participated in this event. Players like Atif Butt, Awais Honey also participated in the Tournament.
The Cash Prize for winning the Tournament was a whopping Rs. 150,000. The winner of the Tournament was none other than the talented Atif Butt who had also won the Tokyo Tekken Masters 2019 in Japan. Atif Butt defeated player THE JON in the Winners Final and then the Grand Final with a ratio of 3-0. Also recently Awais Honey won the RoxnRoll Cup held in Dubai fighting Heera Malik and securing his position in TWT Grand Finals in Thailand.
We hope that more and more players from Pakistan come forward to compete on an international level as it really helps the Tekken Community in Pakistan grow by bringing much needed attention to the Tekken Scene in Pakistan.