TEKKEN 254 (pronounced "tekken two five four") is a venture under the Savanna FGC brand seeking to grow the Tekken community and establish a competitive Tekken scene in Kenya. Founded on 20 August 2017 by Davy Kamanzi, it was initially started as a Facebook group to gather fellow Tekken fans and share knowledge and ideas on the game, including through our weekly tutorial series Defensive Tuesdays.
In October 2017, TEKKEN 254 began a partnership with Ace Pro Gaming, an eSports management firm equally as enthusiastic about growing the gaming scene in Kenya. On 4 November 2017, the two joined forces to hold TEKKEN 254's first tournament at the Tric Gaming Café on Moi Avenue with a total prize pool of Ksh. 20,000, attracting 46 registrations and ultimately 24 confirmed participants.
Played in the double-elimination format, players were split into two pools of 12, with 4 players advancing to the top 8 from each pool: 2 in the winners' bracket and 2 in the losers' bracket. After hours of intense competition, Mickey emerged the winner, taking the Ksh. 10,000 first prize after finishing the tournament unbeaten on sets and having suffered only one match loss, which came in the Grand Final against runner-up Tiz who went home with Ksh. 7,000.
Davy finished third but, having taken part in the organisation of the tournament, decided to make himself ineligible for any prize money. The Ksh. 3,000 third prize was forfeited to fourth-placed Shoryuken, who lost to Davy in the winners' semi-final and later to Tiz in the losers' semi-final after beating Dice1533 in losers' round 2.
Following the November championship, community members took part in the Tekken 7 tournament at MJX (the Movie Jabber Expo) on 19 November 2017 and a casual bragging rights tournament on 2 December 2017, the results of which were used to seed players for Season One of the TEKKEN 254 Circuit in January 2018. TEKKEN 254 became a registered business under the name "TEKKEN Two-Five-Four Gaming" on 15 December 2017.
Behind the Scenes
TEKKEN 254 is run by a small administrative team, which oversees the running of competitions/events, creation of content for social platforms and engagement with the community on various agendas.
Davy Kamanzi / DVK
Founder, TEKKEN 254 / Director, Ace Pro Gaming
After spending 2 years living in the UK, Davy returned to Kenya 2 months after the release of Tekken 7 to find a seemingly non-existent Tekken community. With no one else organising Tekken tournaments, he took it upon himself to rally the local community and find other Tekken enthusiasts he could not only share information and level up with, but also compete against on a regular basis.
Now serving as Director of Connectivity, Technology and Community Relations at Ace Pro Gaming, Davy's first experience with the series involved mashing 3 and 4 with Christie on the Tekken 4 demo. He picked up Jin in Tekken 5 and has played him as his main ever since.
Director, Ace Pro Gaming
Fanuel gained an interest in competitive gaming in 2013 and saw to it himself to grow the scene in his country. With a growing interest in and understanding of competitive gaming, he and his partners Charles and Jairus looked to form Ace Pro Gaming to help grow the gaming communities that already existed in Kenya.
A prinicipal co-founder of Ace Pro Gaming, Fanuel serves as the company's Director of Leagues and Business.
Charles Wambugu / Payne
Director, Ace Pro Gaming
With over 5 years' experience in the events and sports industry, Charles has been at the core of some of the biggest sporting events in the country. He brings this experience in the running of the TEKKEN 254 tournaments, providing vital insight on current trends in events and sports in the country. His contribution has been a key factor in making the TEKKEN 254 tournaments the success that they are gradually becoming.
Charles is a keen follower of sports, especially athletics, basketball, soccer and eSports. As a principal co-founder and Administrative Director of Ace Pro Gaming, he was and remains a key figure in establishing the TEKKEN 254 Circuit as part of the company's aim to be pioneers of eSports in Kenya and beyond.
Director, Ace Pro Gaming
Jairus is a long-time lover of video games. It was during the conception of Ace Pro Gaming that he and his partners came across the TEKKEN 254 community, seeing an opportunity to ensure more people get to understand that gaming is much more than a pastime. Together, the two would work to get eSports to the highest level in a society that does not think much of games or gamers.
A principal co-founder of Ace Pro Gaming, Jairus serves as the company's Director of Events and Compliance.
CEO, JD Photography / Director, Ace Pro Gaming
Juma is an all-round photographer with a bias towards event photography. Freezing moments forever is his specialty in the world we live in; people say art is everywhere and a photographer is only a witness.
Juma became interested in covering eSports to capture moments that tell gaming stories to the world: the rewards, the accomplishment and the fun times. He currently serves as the Director of Media at Ace Pro Gaming.
Graphic Designer, B4D (Ace Pro Gaming)
Emmanuel is a graphic designer who, in his own words, "creates thoughtful experiences and propels brands with soul and substance." Gaming has been a great part of his life for as long as he can remember, playing Super Mario, Prince of Persia and many other titles through the years on most consoles, though he primarily plays on PC.
Emmanuel is a fan of shooters and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES).