Kiwi Tekken battlers to take on South Korean elite
New Zealand's top Tekken 7 players will have a chance to take on one of the world's gaming elite on Monday night.
South Korean professional gamer Choi "Saint" Jin Woo is in town to compete in the Letsplay.live Tekken 7 NZ Ultimate Grand Final.
Saint, a member of the Echo Fox esports team, will take on some of New Zealand's best Tekken players including our national champion Thomas "Kor_Nova" Choi.
Tekken 7 is the latest instalment in what is arguably the world's biggest fighting video game franchise.
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But while the fighting might be virtual, the prizes are real, with a $10,000 prize pool up for grabs.
The Ultimate Grand Final will be contested in front of a live audience at Sky City Theatre in Auckland from 7pm. The event will be televised live on SKY Sport.
It is the conclusion of a series of Tekken 7 events organised by Letsplay.live. Choi became New Zealand's champion after winning the New Zealand Championship earlier this month.
In November, he'll represent New Zealand as an E Black at the International Esport Federation World Championship in Busan, South Korea.
The other contestants in Monday's event qualified via a mix of the New Zealand Championship and the New Zealand Tekken World Tour qualifier, which Jin Woo won on Saturday.
Letsplay.live director Duane Mutu said "Saint" Jin Woo would be the player to beat at the NZ Ultimate Grand Final.
"Saint will no doubt be the favourite heading into the event but anything can happen on the day and the Kiwi players will be up for the challenge."
"This is the first time we have run a fighting game tournament like this and the response from gamers in New Zealand has been awesome," Mutu said.
Tickets to the Tekken 7 NZ Ultimate Grand Final start at $21 from Ticketek. The fights will be broadcast live on SKY Sport from 7pm.