Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Trailblazing student qualifies for FIFAe World Cup

ACHIEVER: Julio Beast Bianchi ACHIEVER: Julio Beast Bianchi

Accountancy student Julio 'Beast' Bianchi has made history by becoming the first South African to qualify for the FIFAe World Cup.

The event is scheduled to take place in London next month and for Julio, it will be an honour and a privilege to represent his country.

“It's really special to be a part of history as the first South African to achieve this. I feel a great sense of pride and gratitude.”

After a failed football career, Julio, who hails from Uitsig, started pursuing a career in esports and was scouted by his team, Goliath Gaming, while competing in the qualifiers of a major local FIFA competition. 

He competed against some of the best FIFA players in the West Asia region in the qualifiers. Julio made it through to the grand finals of the qualifiers where he went head to head with FIFA World Cup champion, Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary and both players secured a spot in the FIFAe World Cup.

To balance his career and his studies requires balance from the 23-year-old and Julio dedicates Mondays to Thursdays to his studies and weekends to gaming.

The FIFAe World Cup will feature 32 of the best players from across the world battling it out for part of its $500,000 prize pool. Taking place from August 6th to 9th, the tournament will feature four groups of eight players each, as players face off to finish in the top four of their respective groups. Those who qualify will enter into a single-elimination knockout stage. Whilst the prize pool totals $500,000, the winner of the FIFAe World Cup 2021 can look forward to claiming $250,000 of the pool just for themselves. FIFA has confirmed that it will continue to monitor the global health situation leading up to the event.

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Written by Ilse Fredericks