RAZER ENTERS STREET FIGHTER IV RING WITH EVO CHAMPION LATIF
Evo Silver Medalist to help develop the ultimate Arcade Stick
Carlsbad, Calif. – Dec 21st, 2011 – Entering the eSports fighting scene for the first time, Razer, one of the world’s pioneering supporters of e-Sports is joining forces with Evo 2011’s silver medalist Abdullatif “Latif” Alhmili. With Razer’s help, Latif aims to knock out the international Street Fighter IV competition and attain the title of ultimate SF champion.
Latif, who moved to the United States from Saudi Arabia, first entered the professional eSports fighting scene with the game Guilty Gears, stunning the world by taking first place at the Evolution Championship Series (Evo) 2009. He went on to represent the United States at Super Battle Opera, the biggest fighting competition in Japan later that same year.
With the release of the new Street Fighter IV and a comeback for the fighting game competitive scene, Latif has successfully switched to the new title, causing a major upset when he eliminated the reigning SFIV AE world champion, Daigo Umehara at Evo 2011. Latif went on to win the silver medal at the same tournament, and established his name for the U.S. in a scene heavily dominated by Japanese fighters.
“Joining Team Razer is taking my competitive fighting game career to a whole new level, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Says Latif. “I’m so excited to work with Razer and play a part in the development of the Razer Arcade Stick. The design of the Razer Arcade Stick is great for players who demand a solid build with original components but are also into individuality and modification. It suits my style perfectly.”
“Fighting games are inherently competitive in nature, and have remained exciting to watch since the golden arcade days till now. With the recent resurgence of fighting games in 2011 and Razer’s development of a high-end arcade fighting stick, we are determined to work closely with select partners to help grow the scene further in 2012,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, President, Razer USA. “And Latif is the ideal first candidate to represent Razer in this arena. With an Evo championship title in 2009 and a very strong second place in 2011, Latif has proven to be a fighter to watch in the coming year. His C. Viper play in Street Fighter IV is to be feared and we’re excited to welcome him into the ranks of Team Razer.”
Latif, a rising star in the tournament Super Street Fighter IV circuit, is known for his fast-paced and highly relentless C.Viper play. A national champion for Guilty Gears back in 2009, he is now setting his sights on the ever-growing Street Fighter IV scene. With a gold medal at Evo 2009 and a silver medal at Evo 2011, Latif has proven that he is more than capable of handling the pressures of competitive e-Sports.
Razer has been a pioneering supporter of e-Sports since its conception. It is in our blood and we are driven to further the culture of professional gaming in all that we do. We work hand in hand with our pros to forge weaponry for the players who stake their livelihood on podium placements. Our gear is designed to perform flawlessly in high-stress tournament conditions where winning is everything and mistakes cost championships. Those who compete with our equipment will attest – We live by our words: For Gamers. By Gamers.
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Christopher “Razer|Right” Mitchell
Razer e-Sports Manager