Chris Teng: Paying tribute to an important figure in Malaysian esports
Another bright star has joined the infinite cosmos - Chris Teng He Xun, founder and CEO of Flux Group, who lost his life last Tuesday (15 June) to a car accident. Though he left the world too young at 23, the impact he's made in the Malaysian - even Southeast Asian - esports scene is nothing short of outstanding.
Chris was one of several early pioneers of the local esports industry. As one of the founders and co-directors of Flux Group with Eason E. Flux Group, he produced both live broadcasts and video content for a multitude of major esports events, including - but not limited to - the World Electronic Sports Game SEA (WESG SEA 2019), the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia and Singapore (MPL-MY/SG), and the MLBB World Championship 2019 (M1).
Here are some of the lives Chris has touched in his esports adventure:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Founder, IO Esports
"I am deeply saddened to hear of Chris’s passing. He and I shared many rewarding years as a business partner and grew to become blood brothers. We often shared life stories and business ideas together. Whenever we faced difficulties, we always help each other to get back up on our feet, we would never allow either of us to fail. Chris was a talented and a humble young man; he changed my perception of the younger generation, inspiring me to do better. His dreams and ambitions are now a part of me, and I’ll continue fulfilling his dreams and legacies.
He’ll be deeply missed by my colleagues in IO Esports. We’ll miss his company, his voice and his bright smile. Rest well, my dear brother.
Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolence to his family and friends."
"My dear bro, there are too many things (in my mind) that I don't know what to say. What we've been through, no one will truly understand, from laying the carpet to setting up the whole event. When I know you're involved in any of my events, I know that I never need to worry about production.
From nobody to somebody, you've built up Flux Group from the ground up and achieved great success! I believe in your partner to continue your legacy, so don't worry, you can rest now. Can't believe that the last photo we took together, just the two of us, was in October 2018, that our last on-ground event WESG SEA 2019, and the last time we'll ever text each other is 8 June this year. No matter what, these memories will last forever be in my heart."
Muhammad "Flava" Farouq
Director of Communications, Malaysia Electronic Sports Federation (MESF)
Content creator, SEA Gamer Mall (SEAGM)
"To those who work in the esports industry, we've lost a kind soul who is loved by many. Chris Teng He Xun was not just an ordinary production director; he was kind, hardworking, and always puts up a smile. While others are basking in the spotlight on stage, Chris was sitting behind the scenes making magic happen behind a production board for people all around to enjoy his masterpiece. Never a day would I leave work without seeing him, and thank him for his team's hard work.
Take care, bro. You are missed and loved by many."
Andriyana "ChuChu" Ghazali
Streamer/former esports caster
"I worked with him multiple times, sometimes when IO Esports collaborated with him. I've definitely met him in one of the events with him as the producer, and I never saw him not smiling, not even once. Even when things were hard and we encountered some problems, he still patiently tried to solve things, and always in a very calm manner; very easy-going, and very kind.
I remember whenever I joked around, funny or not, he will laugh at my jokes just because he is very considerate and a very nice person - he was genuinely one of the nicest person in esports I've met. It's really a shock and too soon for him to leave us so young. It's a wake up call and a reminder for all of us, to appreciate everyone, because we never know how much time we have left with that person, even ourselves."
Clement “BleedSenpai” Hui
Business development director, Pantheon group
"I knew him back in 2015/2016 when he was studying. Super hard working, and traveled long distance daily just to get the experience needed to complete his job. A very humble person and never stopped smiling. He can now finally rest. My condolences to his family."
"Chris was one of the most hardworking person I've ever met, but that was not what made him stand apart from everyone else - it was his heart. No matter how busy, how crazy or hectic he was with his work, he would never turn down helping others. Everyone knows his signature smile and that was his attitude all the way, kind, humble and willing to help - that was Chris. He managed to inspire many with his attitude and his legacy will never be forgotten."
Aaron "Qontra" Chan
Esports caster, EVOS Esports
"Every time I met Chris for a show, he usually comes up to me with a wide smile and attend to everyone's needs to run a perfect show. Despite how busy he was coordinating live broadcasts, he would never forget about his colleagues and personally checked up on us, hand us casters with essentials to keep us running through the long hurdle. He's truly a genuine individual who puts everyone first before himself. It saddens me that we won't be able to hear his laughter and see his wide smile, but we will always remember the joy he has brought to everyone around him."
Regional Head of Marketing and PR, EVOS Esports
"I never got a chance to interact with him personally, but based on messages across the esports community, Malaysia and Southeast Asia's esports scene has definitely lost a young, talented and kind-hearted soul. My deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.
Rest in peace, Chris Teng He Xun."
Chan Yang Tze
Producer, eGG Network
"Chris Teng was a very close friend of mine, as we worked on numerous projects together such as MPL MY/SG Season 3, The International 2019 (Ti9) SEA Qualifier, MPL MY/SG Season 4 and LEVEL UP KL 2019. He was humble, hardworking and passionate in what he does. Always a ball of sunshine that brings in a positive vibe and was willing to go the extra mile for anyone. We mourn for the loss of a kind and loving soul, may he rest in peace."
Jack Wong Jing Feng
Team manager, Team Whales
"I first met He Xun in the WESG Malaysia Qualifier in Sept 2018 at Quill City Mall KL, he was the head of production and I was an observer for the event. We continued working together a few times after that in other local esports events. He was very hardworking, talented, smart and handsome. To me, he is the perfect role model for '90s youngsters like me to learn from, a person that gave me a lot of opportunities in the early days of my esports career.
I simple can't describe my sadness for his loss, it's painful news. We recently talked about meeting up and he suddenly left. He Xun bro, I hope to meet you again in another lifetime. Rest well in the next world, you will always be remembered."
Lastly, from everyone at eGG Network, we'd like to express our deepest condolences to Chris Teng's family and friends. Though he's no longer in this world, his efforts and impact to the industry will be forever appreciated and never forgotten.
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