After A Decade Away, 31-Year-Old Tekken Pro Is Back On Top

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    Ten years ago, Byeong-mun “Qudans” Son was one of the strongest Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection players on the planet. But professional esports was different then, and in 2007, Qudans largely stepped away from competition as he pursued an education and satisfied South Korea’s requirement of mandatory military service. It wasn’t until his father’s death that he considered a return to competitive play.

    “While I was studying to be a social worker after graduating from college, my father passed away from cancer,” Qudans told Compete. “I felt lost and found myself wondering about my future. At that time, Gwang-hyun ‘Ji3moon Ace’ Kim recommended that I come back to Tekken, and watching Jae-min ‘Knee’ Bae play further encouraged me to return.”

    Qudans’s return began with 2011’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but it wasn’t until this year that the 31-year-old again became a household name in the community. With a push towards larger events and support from developer Bandai Namco Entertainment themselves, Tekken 7 competition was moving to bigger and better things, and Qudans wasn’t about to be left behind. Over the course of the 2017 Tekken World Tour, he slowly built up enough points to compete in the main event, thanks to dominant performances in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore.

    In October, he was crowned the Tekken 7 world champion after hours of grueling competition. Surrounded by a handful of his fellow players and hundreds of cheering spectators on the top floor of the Metreon in San Francisco, the South Korean competitor lifted his championship trophy above his head, a smile on his face and tears in his eyes. This victory was a decade in the making.

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