Brunei’s PUBG Mobile talent Muhd Safwan Hakimi bin Abdullah Husaini was signed by CRIT Esports’ Malaysia team for PUBG Mobile Professional League (PMPL) Malaysia Spring 2023 yesterday.
Popularly known as Newbies, the 17-year-old achieved success in the 14th World Esports Championship in Bali, Indonesia in 2022 where he led the Brunei national team to a second place finish in the Sultanate’s first appearance at the world championship for PUBG Mobile.
CRIT Esports Team Director Hawaii Yee noticed Newbies’ growth over the last two years playing in AMPRO Clash Series and decided to give him an opportunity to compete at a higher level.
“Newbies has always been on my radar since he started playing in WaW Gaming back in 2020. However it was in AMPRO Clash Series in 2021 and 2022 as well as the 14th World Esports Championship that I see his potential to be a star player with the right guidance and support system, which CRIT Esports can provide. Because of this, we decided to bring him onboard the Malaysia professional team,” said Yee.
Muhd Safwan Hakimi said, “I am proud and thankful to be the first Bruneian PUBG Mobile athlete to participate in PMPL and would like to thank CRIT Esports for giving me the chance to fulfil my dream of becoming a full time professional player.”
He pledged to fight to make the team a title contender in the PMPL and thanked his family and CRIT Esports for their support.
CRIT Esports is a Brunei-based esports organisation with professional teams in Malaysia and Thailand. It is the main organiser for AMPRO Clash Series, the national league and competition endorsed by the Esports Association of Brunei.