Team Flash Returns after Two-year Absence | Why Like Dat?
Jan 3, 2017

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Leading eSports brand Team Flash returns after two-year absence, signs defending Singapore champions for League of Legends and EA Sports FIFA Online 3

Widely regarded as Singapore’s leading eSports team from 2011 to 2014, Flash eSports returns as Team Flash, an eSports influencer and new media agency based in Singapore and Indonesia.

Team Flash enjoyed a major sponsorship with Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Cooler Master and achieved more than 50 podium finishes over an impressive 3-year span. Some of the team’s greatest competitive highlights include multiple gold medals in the Singapore legs of the World Cyber Games (WCG) and placing first at Blizzard’s World Championship Series, Electronic
Sports Thailand Championship and the International eSports festival.

Team Flash represented Singapore on numerous occasions, most notably achieving a runner-up position at the Asian Cyber Games and the World Cyber Games Global finals for League of Legends in 2011, losing narrowly against France in the quarter-finals. Flash also organized Singapore’s first official Dota 2 competition in the Flash Dota 2 League (FD2L), which Tammy ‘Furryfish’ Tang working full-time under Flash at the time helped co-organize. The team’s overall prize earnings and sponsorship revenue exceeded 5 figures, an impressive figure for a semi-professional gaming team operating out of Singapore at the time.

Once hosting Singapore’s brightest eSports talent who have gone on to great careers, the organization’s success stories include Dota 2 stars Wong ‘NutZ’ Jeng Yih who achieved a top 8 finish with Korean team MVP at the International 5 and currently part of Team Faceless as well as Galvin ‘Meracle’ Kang, now playing full-time professionally in the Philippines. Previously captain and longest standing player under the organization, two-time WCG champion Wen Jun ‘hibidi’ Chiang most recently achieved a bronze medal and US$60,000 for Singapore at the EA Sports FIFA Online 3 international championships last month.

Team Flash returns with the official signature of the defending League of Legends and FIFA Online 3 champions for Singapore. Wen Jun ‘hibidi’ Chiang will represent the Flash colors once again, transferring from team Impunity for the 2017-18 season. Team Vestigial, the current defending League champions for Singapore and recently crowned top 3 in Southeast Asia after Vietnam and Bangkok during last year’s Garena Premier League, will also represent Flash after discussions concluded last week.

As part of its overall community strategy, Team Flash will also send a media team to ESL Genting on 6th – 8th January, a $250,000 USD prize pool tournament organized in Malaysia by Resorts World Genting.

Leading the team will be Terence Ting, fresh off a two-year stint in Attica’s marketing team, one of Singapore’s longest standing nightclubs alongside Zouk. Joining him as co-founder will be Andrew Tobias, previously community manager for NVIDIA Indonesia who will be looking to establish the brand’s presence in the Indonesian market, providing new opportunities for player & fan engagement.

“When I left the scene behind in 2014, I never thought I would return. eSports has come a long way with million-dollar prize pools and renowned business owners and celebrities investing, causing the stigma of video gaming to gradually disappear. I am extremely fortunate to have found a team of like-minded professionals to continue the Flash legacy,” Terence said.

Team Flash will also be working closely with Garena in 2017, Asia’s leading consumer Internet platform provider valued at $2.5 billion as of March 2015. Garena is also the exclusive distributor of two of the most popular eSport titles in the region – League of Legends and FIFA Online 3.

Garena’s Vice President of Group Game Operations Jason Ng said, “We are very happy to see organizations such as Team Flash stepping up to invest in Singapore’s eSports infrastructure. Garena has always been a strong advocate for eSports in Southeast Asia, and the return of Team Flash bodes well for continued development of eSports in Singapore.”

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