Earlier this month in the Philippines, Namco and popular Asian arcade chain Timezone, put together an international Tekken 6 tournament of epic proportions! Not only did the event crown a new International Tekken 6 champion, but it also unveiled some big news for the Philippine Tekken 6 fanbase! Marion Urmeneta reports on the big event, click below to check it out!
Filipino wins Timezone-sponsored Tekken 6 International Tourney
by Marion Urmeneta
December 13, 2008 – Quezon City, Philippines
TriNoma played host to Timezone’s first International Tekken 6 Tournament which pitted respective finalists from the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand. All five participants played round-robin race-to-5, with the emerging top 2 players battling it out for the championship crown.
Andrew Kim is Australia’s national champion – holding the best ranks in his country. Jamie Joe and Glen Wagstaff are the best Bob and Yoshimitsu players respectively in New Zealand. Finally, Carlo Racela and Dax Chua are the survivors from the 32 finalists from 16 locations in the Philippine Nationals.
Kim almost swept the first round losing only to Glen. But in the final match it was Carlo that dominated Kim sweeping their set and emerging as the First international Champion – to the jeers of the hundreds of players and spectators from the home crowd.
The champion was awarded with an autographed trophy, laptop, USD 500, round trip ticket to Japan, and a Bloodline Rebellion data card flashing “International Champion” under his name. Runner-ups also received handycam, digicam, and a Sony PSP, as well as similar special data cards, among other consolation prices.
Among in attendance were Mr. Katsuhiro Harada and the rest of Project Tekken – which brought two Bloodline Rebellion Cabinets for local testing (a first outside Japan). Timezone’s president announced that all Tekken 6 machines in the Philippines will be updated to Bloodline Rebellion starting late January next year.
Position: Real Name alias (Character) – country and team
Champion: Carlo Manuel Racela aka Jinlo(BOB) – Philippines from PMS
1st runner-up: Andrew Kim aka Lucky Strikes (LAW/JAC) – Australia
2nd runner-up: Jamie Joe aka zarzobnz(BOB/JUL) – New Zealand
3rd runner-up: Daniel Xavier Chua aka Fei-Hung(XIA/LEI) – Philippines from UM
Honorable mention: Glen Wagstaff aka CarpeDiem (YOS) – New Zealand
Picture Coverage from the event:
Special thanks to Marion for all the details!