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Japanese Prime Minister’s Resignation: A Walkthrough of Shinzo Abe’s Legacy

Japan’s longest serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, announced his departure from office last Friday, citing his health as the main problem. His abrupt resignation sent shock waves throughout the world, especially Japan as they ponder about the great strides Japan has taken since Abe’s presidency. Throughout the 8 years in power, this premier has rendered a paradigm shift in the Japanese society through its economic, political and social reforms.

Commentators have noted that his loss of popularity as a prime minister in recent months was also the prime reason he is deciding to leave after serving Japan for many years. Despite having steady support from its citizens for seven years, Abe saw a steady decrease in support for his cabinet in 2020.

When the pandemic swept in, Abe was criticised for the way he handled the whole situation.

Who is Shinzo Abe?

Abe, 65 was initially elected to Parliament in 1993 after the death of his father, who was a foreign minister. However, he only started serving as a prime minister in 2006, but stepped down the following year after a scandal broke out.

In 2012, Abe became the country’s leader once again where he made key promises such as fixing the besieged Japanese economy and also amending Japan’s pacifist constitution, which will allow for a full-fledged military.

Abe first exited the office in 2007, after nearly serving for eight years due to his ailing health — a relapse of a bowel disease.

Throughout his time at office, Abe’s presence has definitely left an indelible mark on Japan’s defence policies and economy. Not only that, he also managed to maintain high profile relationships with foreign allies from all over the world.

However, Abe has said that he will continue to serve as a prime minster until his successor is chosen.

Here is a walk-through of Shinzo Abe’s prominent legacy.

International Policy

Since coming into power for the second time, Abe has changed its international affairs approach. The highly contested Yasukuni Shrine which was dedicated towards war casualties ruffled the feathers of regional countries like China and South Korea. Although Abe visited the shrine in 2013, which created much public outcry, he has thoroughly refrained from visiting the shrine, knowing all too well that it will sour the relationship with South Korea — a huge departure from his predecessors. Similarly, Abe has radically changed the interpretation of Article 9 constitution, which originally renounced the right to go to war. Instead, the reinterpretation of Article 9 allowed Japanese forces to fight alongside overseas allies, drawing condemnation from China and South Korea while simultaneously receives blessings from U.S. This move has allowed U.S. to continue developing good relationships with Japan.

While regional countries like China continue to drive a wedge with the hegemon U.S., Japan under Abe has made great investments in forging closer relationship with President Donald Trump to benefit from economic investments such as trade. For example, Abe has hosted President Donald trump in high-profile summits in Japan. Their intimate relationship, as seen in their close interactions through 32 phone calls and 5 rounds of golf, has allowed Abe to pursue Japan’s interests such as keeping the Trans-Pacific Partnership alive even after America’s withdrawal.

Domestic Policy

Aside from international or political affairs, Abe has also managed to move Japan’s society towards an inclusive and diverse one with an open market that embraces migration into Japan. He has reformed unproductive corporate culture by creating a new form of corporate governance code and investor stewardship code that aims to increase shareholder control and profitability. Meanwhile, the power of the traditionalist managers weakens. Additionally, Abe has also sought to punish the toxic corporate culture where workers had to endure unproductive overtime hours. Of particular importance, while his party had long resisted Japan’s movement towards gender equality and immigration, Abe has nudged companies to hire more women and minimise gender inequality through the provision of funded daycare centers, encouraging more men to take paternity leave as well as provide companies incentives if they hire women.

Economic policy

Abe will leave behind his biggest legacy, Abenomics, which was aimed to curb the threats of deflation and an aging work force through fiscal spending, corporate deregulation, and cheap cash.

Abenomics delivered great results in the early years of Abe’s term which lifted Japan’s economy immensely and at the same time, lifting Abe’s profile as a prime minister. However, in 2019, the steady growth suffered due to the trade war between United States and China. It then took a further downfall when the pandemic hit Japan, causing its economy to hit a slump.

Who will take over Abe? 

Certainly, Abe has done pretty well in his political and public policy approach during his 8-year long term. However, Abe has not groomed a successor during this time, and this creates anxiety for Japan; some scholars have argued that with Abe stepping down, Abe’s rival, Shigeru Ishiba who is the most popular politician will take over. What lays ahead for Japan and its society? It would be tough for the next prime minister to match Abe’s legacy on economic, political, and social policies where he brought the country out of recession and diversified Japan’s labour force.

Ishiba will have a tough challenge ahead as it tries to win the support of its party members as well as Abe’s party who regards him as a political foe. With this tussle ahead of him, one wonders his plans for the future and if he is able to charismatically deliver policies despite the constant tension within the cabinet.

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S$90 Million COVID-19 Scheme — Has The Grant Been Helpful in Aiding Singaporeans?

As the pandemic continues to affect Singapore, the government has stepped in once again to relief the burden of its people who are struggling in these unprecedented times.

On 17 August, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that the COVID-19 grant will be extended to the end of the year. In his ministerial statement, Mr Heng said the COVID-19 scheme have been given to 60,000 Singaporeans so far with a total pay out of more than $90 million.

The grant aims to help those who are unemployed or have suffered significant income loss due to the pandemic.

However, to qualify for the grant, those who are unemployed must prove job that they have searched for employment or training efforts. Further details of the grant will be announced early next month.

According to Mr Heng, it is likely that Singapore’s job market will continue to remain weak beyond this year. Observers have said that more businesses will be closing and retrenchment will be apparent in the coming months due to the impact of the circuit breaker.

Mr Heng said that they are researching on how to continue to support employees and self-employed who are currently the most vulnerable group.

He also pointed out that they government will pay attention to low-wage workers as many of them are essential workers who have kept Singapore going through these tough times.

Those on the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) scheme for work done in 2019 are also eligible for the payout. In addition, those who were not on the WIS list last year but who have already received or will be receiving WIS for work done this year can also be qualified for the grant.

In times like these, it is extremely important for Singaporeans to have support from every avenue to cushion the fall that they are currently facing. But has the grant been helpful to aid Singaporeans through this though times?

Irfan, 26, fresh graduate from The University of Sheffield

The pandemic has certainly impacted the lives of fresh graduates around the world who now have to face the uncertainty of their future.

Their dreams of jumping straight into employment and kick starting the new part of their life seem rather bleak at the moment. As the job market continues to weaken, so are the hopes and dreams of the fresh graduates who are now struggling to make end meets.

Sheffield University graduate, Irfan who returned home from the UK in March, has certainly felt the pinch of the pandemic. He is currently seeking graduate opportunities and traineeships but has admitted that he is struggling in getting a job despite the government’s attempt to help fresh graduates through the implementation of the traineeships.

He said, “I feel like there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment surrounding today’s job climate with COVID-19, particularly among fresh graduates. I am slightly concerned about my career prospects and its implications in the long run due to the pandemic”

Over the past few months, Irfan has applied for hundreds of jobs only to find himself in a cycle of not hearing back from the employers.

Despite his positive outlook on the whole situation, it is not a surprise that this fresh graduate have great worries about his future which includes the salary gap between his first and next job, the high cost of living in Singapore, job stability especially in this current climate and last but definitely not least, providing for his family.

But the sociology graduate continues to remain hopeful in these tough times, and has said that he will brave through the upcoming challenges. Though the whole situation frustrating, he is determined that the right job will come for him soon.

The 26 year-old have also shared that the pandemic have opened up his eyes to a lot of things — something that he might not have taken great notice if the pandemic hasn’t happened.

He said, “The virus has definitely allowed me to broaden my perspective and outlook in life, especially in terms of adaptability. I believe that right now, it is important to develop industry and career-oriented skills that would improve my chances of securing my dream job in the future, despite whatever the role or job might be.”

However, Irfan has admitted that the government has certainly eased a lot of his burdens more so with the new announcement of the extension of the COVID-19 support grant. He believes that the Singapore government have been working hard to cushion the fall of Singaporeans.

“In comparison to other countries, I do believe that our government has implemented practical policies and strategies to assist fresh graduates in these trying times. For example, setting up traineeship opportunities and providing allowance during that period,” he said.

Irfan also shared that the grant will significantly help him a lot as he tries to navigate his way to secure a full time job.

He said, “I think $800 seems like a fair amount, particularly when it was handed to more than 60,000 residents. It would be great if the amount it higher, but we should be grateful and try out best to sustain the help given, or even make some adjustments to our lifestyle and balance it out.”

As Singapore tries to navigate its way through this pandemic, it might have overlooked, certain part of the society, who is equally struggling like the rest of Singapore.

Shawn, 48, business owner of a construction company

Construction business owner, Shawn*, was forced to stop all his site work due to the surge of cases in dormitory. Due to that, he found himself in a difficult position where his monthly income had been severely affected.

Being in one of the most affected industry, he believes that the government might have overlooked on the fact that they, too, are struggling.

He said, “I have lost a significant amount of my income since the circuit breaker and was still denied any grant because of the annual income of my house. I don’t think this is necessarily fair, because what does my property annual value have got to do with the eligibility of the grant? It’s hard. Just like every other Singaporean, I, too lost a significant amount of income.”

Though the odds are against him at the moment, Shawn believes that there is a light at the of the tunnel. Since the dormitory have cleared not too long ago, things are slowly getting better for the businessman.

“To be honest, I am still frustrated that I was denied the grant. I had no help all because of my annual house value. But, is it really fair? Being in the most affected business, my income wasn’t stable at all.

“If I was lucky, I would take $500 home, but some months, I didn’t even had anything to take home. But since they cleared the dorm, things are picking up slowly and I am so excited to start work again.”

The 48 year-old have said that he is thankful that the government is helping low wage workers but he wished for the help to be extended to every Singaporean despite the annual house value.

He said, “I don’t mean to sound ungrateful and I know that there are people out there who are struggling more than me, but all I’m trying to say is that, I wished help was there for me when I needed it.”

Applications for the support grant are now open till December. To apply, please visit https://msf-csg.gov.sg/preinstruction/csg from 9am to 6pm daily.

Processing time will take about two weeks upon submission of supporting documents.

*not real name

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Chennai’s Teen Racing Dream Kickstarted From Esports

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The global pandemic has certainly been quite a journey for everyone around the world. But, just with everything else, there is always a silver lining to the whole situation. If you take a step back and look at it from a wider perspective, there might be some good in it.  For 16 years old, Amith Kutti, this is definitely the case.

The unprecedented lockdown has given him the big break he needed in the gaming industry — something that might not have happened if lockdown did not take place.

The youngster from Chennai is not only making a name for himself in the virtual world but is also finally realising his dreams of becoming a professional real-life racer.

His unmatched skills have already gotten the like and approval from Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first F1 driver. The keen youngster will also be testing for NK Racing Academy, which has recently secured a deal with Ultimate E.

The collaboration between Ultimate E and NK Racing Academy will create a pathway for the best Esports-racing driver to break into a career in motorsports.

Founder of NK Racing Academy, Mr Karthikeyan said, “In the first edition of this collaboration, we have decided to sign up Amith Kutti who has excelled in multiple Esports league and has easily come on top as the fastest gamer in India.”

At just 16 years old, Amith currently holds the title of defending champion in Mumbai Falcons’ Indian eRacing Championship. On 28 July 2020, the schoolboy dominated the competition, winning both the Pro races.

The Chennai boy fell in love with racing when he attended the Indian Grand Prix in Great Noida in 2012.

“When my dad took me to the race track, I was so fascinated watching the cars speed fast. I couldn’t stop talking about my experience to my friends, ” he explained.

After listening to his stories, one of his friends introduced him to Codemasters, a 2012 F1 video game. Since then, there was no looking back for the rising star that goes by the name ‘ImAMyth’ in the virtual world.

Just like any other parents, Amith’s parents wanted him to focus on his studies. But, lucky for him, his parents were open to the idea after he successfully convinced them.

In an interview done with Deccan Chronicle, he said: “I am lucky to have supportive parents. At first, they were not too happy with me but they saw my passion and their view started to change. They now see it as a sport instead of a hobby.”

Though new to the industry, Amith has created quite a buzz. He has been recognised as the fastest racer after clinching the win in the Speed Runs Championship held in Sri Lanka.

Early this year, the youngster took part in the Ultimate E’s all-star race, which has impressed Narain Karthikeyan and Arjun Maini, a 22-year-old race driver in India.

Amith, who is a fan of Sebastian Vettel said that the lockdown have given him the opportunity to train and race with a lot of experienced drivers.

Apart from racing, Amith also has a strong interest in aeronautical engineering and would be keen to pursue it, if the racing world doesn’t workout for him.

But by the looks of it, it will not be too long before the esports athlete takes on the racetrack and compete with top world athlete.

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A Different Kind Of National Day: Mobile Column Makes Its Way To The Heartlands

Like the rest of the world, our little country is also adapting to the new norm. What was once considered as ‘abnormal’ (i.e, putting on masks and social distancing) is now widely practiced across the nation.

And today is no exception.

Today, our little red dot is celebrating its 55th year of independence. Indeed, another milestone that we should all celebrate together as a country.

55 years ago, our forefathers fought for our independence, rebuilt our lives and 55 years later, here we are. Together, stronger.

With the current situation we are in, it is indeed a somber feeling to not be at the Padang to celebrate the nation’s birthday together or to stay out late to watch the fireworks with your family.

But that surely didn’t dampen the spirits of Singaporeans. As a matter of fact, it has brought Singaporeans together to stand united against these difficult times.

Decked in red and white, Singaporeans gather by the roadside as they waited excitedly for the mobile column to make its way through their neighbourhoods.

The mobile column usually happens only once every four or five years. But, organisers have decided to bring the mobile column for the second year in a row.

However, this year, the mobile column made its way to the heartland for the first time to greet Singaporeans who waited eagerly for them.

They covered a total of 200 kilometers, which includes the West, South East, South, North and Northeast of Singapore.

The mobile column, which featured about 100 frontline workers, also passed by Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Sengkang General Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, and Singapore Expo.

Outside Sengkang General Hospital, crowds waited by the roadside to witness the mobile column make its way through their neighborhood.

Sengkang’s roadside was decorated with the Singapore flag, and the flats around the estate had their flags hung out the windows proudly.

Most of them were seen wearing their red and white outfit together with their white masks with the Singapore logo on the left. Some were even carrying the NDP Together bag as a sign of support to the nation.

The patriotism and excitement has certainly lifted the mood of the country despite missing out on the proper National Day Parade.

It was certainly a beautiful moment to be in. Kids had the Singapore flag tattooed on their faces. Some were seen wearing the iconic Merlion t-shirts. People were also seen handing out the Singapore flag to those who didn’t have one.

In this whole situation, you can really witness what it really means to be a Singaporean. The togetherness of people, young and old coming together wearing red and white was such a beautiful sight.

Little kids also sat on the shoulder of their dads with a flag in their hand. Even the older generation made their way to the crowd to be part of the whole celebration.

It is indeed true that even without the classic NDP, Singaporeans can really make a situation feel just like home with our ‘kampong spirit.’

Despite the scorching hot weather, people still waited by patiently by the roadside. Some came early just so they can have the best view of the mobile column. Kids were seen holding their parents hand with a flag on the other side of their hands, waving the flag excitedly.

At the entrance, staff of the hospital stood next to each other as they too, waited for the mobile column and the salute that will be given to them.

With the blue mask on their faces, a flag on the other hand and a ‘SingHealth’ placard on the other, their eyes lit up as they witnessed the mobile column make its way past the hospital.

As the large green vehicles make its way past Sengkang Hospital, people started clapping and cheering at the top of their lungs. They waved the Singapore flag excitedly to the officers and the front liners on board.

Little children pointed their fingers towards the vehicle animatedly — sharing with parents their excitement. With the flag in their hands, they waved it with all their might along with a huge smile plastered across their faces.

The adults were seen with their hand phone in their hands, recording every moment for memory keeping. In that moment, they were just like the kids again, getting excited when the officers on board waved back.

Shidah Mohd, 47, who was was one of the many people at Sengkang said: “I am here today to cheer on our front liners who have worked so hard over the past few months. I believe by turning up here, it really shows the frontliners that we are all in it together. I am so proud to call myself a Singaporean, and this is just one of the many reasons why.”

Officers on board performed a salute as a special tribute to the healthcare workers for their spirit and resilience as they battle against COVID-19.  Their action was accompanied by the loud cheers and claps from the crowd.

As the officers did the salute, the healthcare workers eyes lit up as they continue to wave their flags to the moving vehicles. Two of the healthcare worker from Sengkang General Hospital was spotted on the vehicle, waving to the crowd and their colleagues.

A whole set of emotions swept through me as I stood amongst the crowd to witness the whole celebration. I am so grateful to all the healthcare workers and frontliners who have risked their life to give back to Singapore. And mostly,  I am so proud to call this little country my home. Indeed, this is home, truly.

This national day serves as a reminder of how much we have been through together as a nation. All the wins, no matter how small or big they are is something that is worth celebrating.

When we continue to hold on to each other in these tough times, it is only then, together, we can build a stronger Singapore.

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New Body Set Up In Singapore To Help Support The Growing Sensation Of The Esports Industry

Singapore has one again taken a huge step forward in giving its support to the growing esports and gaming industry.

Called Singapore Games Association (SGGA), the new trade body is dedicated to support and facilitate the gaming and esports industry in this country.

Supported by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), SSGA is also extending its support to local game developers and to also champion local made games.

The rise of this new body will certainly place Singapore’s name on the world map when it comes to the gaming world. According to an online market research conducted by Staista, it is projected that the video games section in Singapore will reach US$130m in 2020 and US$138m by 2024.

This figure is massive and to have a new body championing and supporting local Esports athlete is a huge step forward for Singapore.

The association would build upon the work of the former Singapore Games Guild (SGG), which is a non-profit organisation founded in 2017. Previously, SGG was big on pushing and supporting locally made games.

But now, it is passing its baton to SGGA who will now take on the expanded role to give its fullest support to the variety of the gaming and esports industry.

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Amongst the association’s objective is to place Singapore’s name on the world map when it comes to esports. The initiative which they have set out, has a clear indicative: to make Singapore the esports hub in South East Asia.  It also hopes that through the initiatives, it will put Singapore in a strong position as a country of choice for international esporting tournaments and events.

SGGA has some very interesting plans up their sleeve. The association have said that they will establish a local public directory for all esports related services. If it happens, this will be the first local esports directory that aims to promote local companies and job opportunities in the esports and gaming world.

As part of the initiatives, SGGA will also curate training programmes and internships to develop local talent to meet global demands. By the looks of it, the future of esports in Singapore is looking relatively bright.

This is certainly good news for those who are interested to kick start their career in the gaming industry. It is worth remembering that you do not have to be a gamer or an esports athlete to be involved in the industry!

SGGA will be functioning as a membership-based association.  It says its effort will include enabling its members to network locally and internationally as well as encouraging businesses to uphold best practices and look for global opportunities.

Its upcoming plan also includes collaborating with organisers behind gamescon with the aim to exhibit locally made games that will be held virtually later this month.

The association which will be helmed by Gwen Guo is also planning to hold workshops and capability development programmes to support the growth of esports athletes and professional gamers.

In addition to that, the association has also said talked about its plans to organise at least ten workshops covering a range of topics (i.e., business management for start-ups) in its first year. They will also be conducing outreach activities with educational institutions and SMEs to facilitate training and hiring efforts.

They are also hoping to debunk some misconceptions about gaming and esports as well as broadcasting the range of career opportunities in the games industry.

SGGA is also looking for patrons who are eager to play a vital role to its initiatives and is also seeking for volunteers across various roles.

Meet the team

As mentioned above, Gwen Guo, co-founder and creative director of a local game audio services, will chair the association.  She will be bringing in her experiences at start-ups and corporate companies.

Working alongside Gwen will be Elicia Lee, managing director of the firm Eliphant which has a niche in game marketing, events, live stream production, and esports in Asia.

Its executive committee includes Esports pioneers, Cavin Koh — director of strategic partnerships at Eliphant and Jayf Soh — CEO and founder of the largest esports team Resurgence.

The team will also be working with Brian Kwek, owner of Ysbryd Games, Emmanual Yao, associate director of production services at Ubisoft Singapore, and last but not least, Karen Teo, vice president of APAC global business group at Facebook.

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Nothing Can Last Forever: Forev and T1 Part Ways

South Korean professional Esports organisation, T1 announced on Twitter that they are parting ways with Lee “Forev” Sang-don after 11 months of working together.

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This is no surprise especially when the athlete has struggled to produce results through out the 2019-2020 Dota 2 season.

The 28-year-old was the first player the organisation signed in August 2019.

Who is Forev?

Forev started making waves in the Esports world when he was with the MVP Phoenix team in 2013.  The team did well enough to qualify for the The International 2014 where they came in 17th place.

Forev Career Timeline

In 2015, when the team (MVP Phoneix) failed to win the Dota 2 Asian Championships, he was then transferred to MVP HOT6ix.

He continued playing with MVP HOT6ix following T15 but the following December, he was transferred back to MVP Phoneix. His addition provided a big boost to the team. This time round the team placed fourth in the Shanghai Major and came in fifth at the Manila Major.

Forev and his team also successfully clinched first place in Dota Pit League Season 4 and WePlay Dota 2 League season 3. Their efforts finally paid off and they were soon invited to The International 2016, where the team placed fifth.

When he was at the peak of his career, Forev then decided to split off from MVP for the first time to join Team Secret. However, his time at the European powerhouse was short-lived as he returned back to his previous team, MVP Phoenix just a few months later.

But that was not the last of his move. When MVP Phoenix team came in last place in the Boston Major, they finally disbanded. This time round Forev was found with the Digital Chaos team. That season, Forev was seen competing on three different continents.

Luck was still not on the athlete side. Forev alongside his Digital Chaos team struggled to find a momentum but did well enough to clear the North American qualifiers for the International 2017. That year, the team came in ninth place.

Then, Forev returned back to South Korea to reunite with the 2-16 MVP Phoenix team for the Dota Pro Circuit event.  Even then, Forev and his teammates struggle to find a foothold in tournaments. Forev then made the decision to leave in December.

For the first time in his professional career, Forev had to miss The International tournament in 2018 after failing to secure a team.

He then joined forces with former MVP Phoenix Player, Park “March” Tae-Won where Forev played with the North American squad Marchoutofarmy. The team was doing relatively well but not well enough to above the seventh position in tournaments.

After his long professional journey, he finally took a break from DOTA 2. However his love for the game was too strong that he decided to team up with March after being kicked out of J.Storm.

After The International 2019, Forev joined T1 as the first member of the team.

He is currently ranked 30th in South Korea and 213rd in the world.

What next for Forev?

Throughout his time with T1, Forev effort and determination has certainly paid off. Thanks to his hardwork, the team managed to win two minor tournaments – the Hephaestus cup and the SEA Dota Invitational 2020. In addition to that, the team also came in fourth place during the ONE Esports DOTA 2 Sea League.

The organisation has yet to neither announce the replacement for Forev nor have mentioned where Forev is heading to next.

With his professional career at stake, will Forev be able to find a team that he can compete with?

Only time will tell. But, it is a certain that this will not be the last of Forev.

We wish Forev and T1 all the best with their future.

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Meet The Inspiring Thabo Moloi: Africa’s First Red Bull Esports Athlete

Thabo Moloi aka “Yvng Savage” has made history by becoming the first African Esports athlete to sign with the big organisation, Red Bull.

Red Bull South Africa welcomed Thabo “Yvng Savage” Moloi to the winner’s circle on 28 July 2020 via Twitter.  His appointment has given South African fans and players a beacon of hope for the gaming future in South Africa.

The 18-year-old FIFA pro player first started making waves in the Esports scene back in 2018.

The then 16 year old made his appearance at the VS Gaming FIFA Festival where he participated in his very first competitive tournament.

His win in the competition left South Africa a huge mark in the gaming industry. Out of 512 players, Yvng Savage’s ability to come out at the top in his first event was indeed very impressive.

What was even more remarkable was the fact that this young talent borrowed a copy of the FIFA game and practiced it on his second hand console, which he bought with his lunch money.

In an interview done with Ginx Esports Tv, the youngster said, “In 2018, when I first started playing FIFA competitively, I didn’t have the latest console to practice on. I saved my lunch money and asked my parents to help me. That’s how I got a second-hand PlayStation 4.”

Before his first big win, he also had to convince his parents that he was not just sitting behind the console and wasting time.

But since then, his parents have been nothing short of supportive and have played a huge role in helping him balance between his schoolwork and practice time.

Soon after, he signed with Goliath Gaming and became the second FIFA player under their belt.

Yvng Savage was not there to play. He quickly proved his worth by clinching the first place in the 2019 FIFA eNations Cup South Africa Qualifier.

However, things were not always rainbows and butterflies for the rising star. In 2018 after winning in the VS gaming competition, he was sponsored to travel to Amsterdam to compete in the FIFA eWorld Cup Global Series Playoffs. But, was unable to do so because his passport did not arrive in time.

The young talent faced the same fate in 2019. This time round, he missed out the chance to travel to United Kingdom to compete in the FIFA eNations cup due to unexpected circumstances.

But, none of his setback has slowed him down. In early 2020, before the widespread of the pandemic happened, he managed to travel with Goliath Gaming to Dubai. It was his first time out of South Africa and the whole experience has ignited a strong sense of passion to push his boundaries to compete and win abroad even more.

With his hard work and determination, it is no surprise that his young talent has created quite a name for himself within the gaming industry. He is currently the number one FIFA player in the South African FIFA scene.

In 2020, he represented team eBafana Bafana alongside Goliath Gaming Player — Cassper Nyovest, Kagiso Rabada, and Sibusiso Vilakazi.

His gaming journey has taken him from a FIFA player at home to a professional player and the latest addition to his belt is securing the contract with Red Bull.

The youngster has plans on becoming an IT specialist when he leaves school. But for now, he is making the most out of his FIFA career and is focused on his goal to be the number one FIFA player in the world.

But with his competitive mind-set and strong will, hopefully, it will not be too long before he is crowned the champion of the world.