Avid FIFA player, Dillon Henriques-Gomes, represented Oceania in the world finals for the International University Sports Federation (FISU) eSports Challenge Football Tournament.
Dillon, who is currently in his first year of studying a Bachelor of Business (Professional), was approached and supported during orientation week by Regan Longfield, a peer from the Swinburne Student Life E-Sports program.
“The chance to represent my university nationally and then globally is a really cool opportunity and something that doesn’t come around often, I hope I did the university proud.”
Dillon Henriques-Gomes sharing his experiences about FIFA and playing in National E-League.
At the end of June, Dillon was selected to represent Oceania after he competed against thirty-six entrants and placed in the top two in the FISU Oceania Qualifying Tournament.
The 2020 FISU eSports Challenge Football began on 6 July 2020 with a field of 32 men and 12 women from across the globe. Just 11 days later, on 16 July the champions were crowned, and Dillon placed third worldwide.
“It was a pretty surreal feeling, I’m grateful to Swinburne for not only giving me the opportunity but also the constant support they offered me throughout the tournament.”
In addition to encouraging sport and healthy competition in light of social distancing regulations, the world-first tournament also provided a platform for university students to still have fun and create connections.
“I got my first taste of UniSport, whilst being able to network with other university students in Australia and New Zealand.”
The event was broadcast across 11 action-packed days, with four games livestreaming during allocated time slots, totalling to eight matches a day.
“At the end of the day, we are grateful to have a platform to showcase our talent despite the setbacks associated with COVID-19.”
All livestreams can be viewed with English commentary on the FISU YouTube, Facebook, Twitch and FISU TV.
Dillon will continue his digital presence playing for Perth Glory in the national E-League. His future work in the online arena of FIFA can be found on his Twitch channel.