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1996 (age 26-27)
2018 - Present
Approx. Total Winnings:
The King of Fighters
The King of Fighters
2018-07-27 — 2020-12-19
2019-11-12 — Present
2021-02-21 — 2023-02-06
2023-03-09 — Present
Arslan "Arslan Ash" Siddique is a Pakistani Fighting Games player currently representing Twisted Minds and Red Bull eSports.
He is a three-time EVO champion, having won Tekken 7 at EVO Japan 2019, EVO 2019 and EVO Japan 2023. Arslan is widely considered to be one of the best Tekken players in the world, and has played a huge role in bringing the Pakistani fighting game community into the spotlight of mainstream recognition.
Early Career and EVO Debut
Aside from his Tekken play, Arslan Ash was also locally known for his proficiency in The King of Fighters series, winning his first major at the KOFGCC 2018 Tournament in Oman, Kuwait. From that point on, the world took notice of him as he started accumulating tournament wins in both King of Fighters XIV and Tekken 7. On the 27th July 2018, Arslan signed with vSlash Esports. His popularity skyrocketed after defeating Tekken legend Knee at the OUG Tournament 2018 without losing a single match. Also at OUGaming 2018, he competed in the The King of Fighters XIV tournament as part of the Neo Geo World Tour and was also victorious.
Arslan gained global recognition with a very unexpected win at EVO Japan 2019, defeating established players like Knee, Chanel, Book, LowHigh (EVO 2018 Champion), Jimmyjtran and finally AK, with a bracket reset to win the entire tournament. However, his journey to attend the tournament was not an easy one, and he faced several obstacles along the way. Not only was his visa initially denied due to strict immigration policies, he also faced financial constraints and other travel complications (along with the language barrier) on his way to the tournament. Despite all the hurdles, Arslan's skill and determination paid off, as his win was a historic moment for the Pakistani gaming community, as well as for the fighting game community as a whole.
From that point on, Arslan accumulated premier Tekken 7 tournament wins in the following years, including his second EVO win at EVO Las Vegas 2019, sweeping through the winners bracket using Geese, and finally beating Knee once again with Kazumi in the Grand Finals. He was then signed by Red Bull eSports as one of their sponsored fighting game players on November 12, 2019. Arslan also secured victories at CEO 2021, VSFighting 2022, Combo Breaker 2022 and IESF 2022.
After being part of FATE eSports since February 21, 2021, he announced in 2023 that he was leaving the team to join Saudi-based organisation Twisted Minds. He followed the sponsorship with a third EVO Championship at EVO Japan 2023, beating KaizokuLars, Ser, Mulgold, Rangchu and finally Meo-IL 3-0 in Grand Finals.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
The King of Fighters XV
The King of Fighters XIV
- Encountered numerous travel issues when traveling to EVO Japan 2019, including VISA delays, having to travel to numerous countries to get to Fukuoka and not even having money to exchange at Tokyo due to the machines not taking Pakistani Rupees, 4 hours prior to the tournament starting.
- Voted Player of The Year in the 2019 ESPN Esports Awards and the 2019 theScore esports Awards.
- Arslan's alias 'Ash' is inspired by his favourite characters; Ash Crimson (King of Fighters) and Ash Ketchum (Pokemon).
- Is the founder of Ashes Gaming, a Pakistani based esports team.
- 2019-02-19 | Arslan Ash details his harrowing journey to Evo Japan by ESPN Esports
- 2019-03-28 | Interview with Arslan Ash: History, Boaluvb, Unstreamed matches, Why Kazumi, TWT, EVO, What's next? by L7Official
- 2019-05-24 | The Unknown Tekken God: How Arslan Ash Overcame Borders and Legends to Win Evo Japan by theScore esports
- 2019-09-14 | The Story of Arslan Ash by theScore esports
- ↑ "After EVO Japan, Pakistan rises as a powerhouse in fighting games". The Asahi Shimbun. 2019-05-13.
- ↑ "OUG Tournament 2018 Results Overview". Omni Universal Gaming. 2022-08-22.
- ↑ Ian Walker (2019-02-20). "Tekken 7 Player Comes Out Of Nowhere With Evo Japan Win". Kotaku.
- ↑ The Unknown Tekken God: How Arslan Ash Overcame Borders and Legends to Win Evo Japan
- ↑ 2019 ESPN Esports Awards.
- ↑ theScore esports Awards 2019
- ↑ Arslan Ash explains his tag
- ↑ Ashes Gaming Twitter Description