THIS IS XIAN
Hailing from Singapore, Ho Kun “Xian” is a professional Street Fighter player who's a fan favorite in the FGC, due to his love of maining underused or underrated characters (i.e. Gen, Ibuki, F.A.N.G) that challenge and redefine the meta.
Best known as the EVO 2013 champ for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Xian brought his iconic Gen gameplay to the world’s premiere fighting games tournament. That caliber of high-level play has translated well into Street Fighter V, where Xian qualified for every single Capcom Cup since its inception in 2013.
Xian's first international tournament dates back 11 years ago, when the then 18-year-old traveled to Sweden for Dreamhack Winter. Due to the more modest prizes and stigma of gaming back then, Xian faced much tension and criticism for pursuing this career choice.
With the support of friends who funded his participation in global competitions, Xian’s talent and performance caught the attention of Razer in 2014, who continues to support his ambitions today.
Xian is always keen on giving back to the FGC, and pays out of his own pocket so that promising players can participate in global competitions as well. To encourage and develop fresh talent, Xian also hosts weekly community challenges via Twitch, where he coaches players looking to better their gameplay.
For all the latest on Xian, follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @XianMSG, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/xianmsg, and Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/xianmsg.
Beyond the packed stadiums, flashy buzzwords and million-dollar prizes, lies the real soul of esports. It’s the discipline to train non-stop and develop the strategy and skills to bend your opponent to your will. It’s the camaraderie and bonds made between teammates, fans and countrymen as you experience painful losses and the euphoria of victory. And most of all, it’s the never-ending drive and passion to keep competing—and win.
THIS IS ESPORTS.
THIS IS #TEAMRAZER.
Esports is now a global phenomenon and breaking new records every day—but it didn’t happen overnight. What started from LAN parties has evolved to tiny competitions with more contestants than audience, to maxed-out stadiums and online viewership that dwarfs other traditional sports. And Razer was there since the beginning—backing events and sponsoring Team Razer Esports athletes.
Check out our milestones below.
Year 2000, the year that started it all. From sponsoring Cyber Athlete Professional League (CPL) with $100,000—an unprecedented amount at the time—to partnering with one of the world’s first pro gamers, Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, we began to make our mark on the Esports scene.
As competitive gaming grew, so did our pool of elite Esports athletes. With teams like Team Liquid and LGD Gaming, and athletes like SlayerS_BoxeR and Method coming on board, we expanded to over 50 teams competing in dominant titles, and just kept on growing. In 2012, we formed a singular banner to spotlight the world’s elite Esports athletes—Team Razer.
Team Razer started to dominate. In 2013, Team Alliance took home US$1.43 million at The International 3, the biggest Dota 2 competition at the time. Just two years later, SK Telecom T1 secured their 3rd consecutive win in the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, clinching US$2 million in prize money. This cemented their status as the world’s most dominating League of Legends team.
In 2017, we hit new milestones and big wins. We grew to 175 top Esports elites from 30 different countries, including SK Gaming, who won both ESL Cologne 2017 and EPICENTER 2017, and MenaRD who emerged champion for Capcom Cup. But nothing got bigger than this—Team Liquid were crowned Champions for The International 7 with $11.8 million in prize money.
The global phenomenon continues. In 2018, we’ve signed on Seoul Dynasty and Los Angeles Valiant for Overwatch, mobile-only esports team Team Queso, and more. With a growing involvement in mobile Esports and active plans to get Esports into the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and 2024 Olympics, we continue to provide relentless support for our passionate athletes and teams—Esports will always be in our blood.