"I feel like I've achieved another important milestone in my life." Awash with immense happiness and gratitude, Ahmad Fuad Razali, aka Fredo, was speechless about being the third FB Gaming Creator to hit 1 million followers, after Soloz and D Entertainment.
"Words can barely describe how I feel - I'm still quite shellshocked." But, after a few days of reflection, Fredo shared that this wasn't completely out-of-the-blue. In fact, this moment is a culmination of a long and difficult journey.
Fredo burst into the Malaysian esports scene in 2017 by winning the first Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) KL with Team Saiyan, thus representing Malaysia at the first MSC in Jakarta.
Since then, his growth as a professional player as well as content creator has mirrored Malaysia's mobile esports scene. The rise of MLBB's popularity led to the establishment of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League MY/SG in late 2017. Fredo's squad, Team Saiyan, was the first to qualify and would go on to dominate the Regular Season.
However, the team failed to live up to fan expectations at the Playoffs, finishing fourth. It was a respectable showing, but that was the highest placing he would achieve at MPL-MY/SG. Nevertheless, he began livestreaming on his Facebook page and built a loyal following.
MPL-MY/SG Season 3 was Fredo's final appearance in a top-tier MLBB tournament. It was a dismal showing: they finished 8th in the Regular Season standings and bowed out in the first round of the Playoffs.
However, another development in the mobile gaming world would take Malaysia's esports industry by storm and further propel Fredo to stardom: the rising popularity of PUBG Mobile. The game had launched a year earlier in March 2018 but it didn't have an active competitive scene.
After MPL-MY/SG Season 3, Fredo stepped down from the team's active roster to focus on streaming, and although he made a name for himself playing MLBB, it was playing PUBG Mobile which would define the next stage of his career.
2019 was the year PUBG Mobile esports exploded in popularity across the region, and Malaysia had the honour of hosting the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) Fall Split Global Finals. It was also Fredo's first stint as a PUBG Mobile caster and his partnership with Onthego and MasterRamen on the panel proved entertaining and educational. It was as though he found a new lease on life.
Things didn't stop there. After Fredo's first major involvement in competitive PUBG Mobile, he was invited to be part of a "try-out" Yoodo Gank squad to participate in the Peacekeeper Elite International Championship 2019 held in China.
The players clicked and they became the Yoodo Gank that shook the Southeast Asian PUBG Mobile competitive landscape. Placing second at the first season of the PUBG Mobile Professional League (PMPL) MYSG, Yoodo Gank were a class above the others at the PMPL SEA Finals, winning a whopping five Chicken Dinners to finish almost 100 points above second-placed Bigetron RA.
With the team now preparing for the PUBGM Mobile World League (PMWL), things aren't slowing down for Fredo. But he's aware that what got him here isn't merely due to his skills (or charming character), people around him have shown belief in him, encouraged him and pushed him to be better.
"From MLBB to PUBG Mobile, from streaming without a webcam to having a proper set-up, from nothing to something - none of this could have happened without my fans - but to me, they are more than that, they are my supporters, friends and even family. I want to thank all of you so much and say that truly and sincerely love all of you."
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