July 2023, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It’s a scorching 104F as the sun beats down on the city, but it’s the last thing on Vivienne “BiBiAhn” Quach’s mind. She’s about to reunite with her old Counter-Strike team from her native Australia—she hasn’t seen them since she departed for the U.S. back in August 2022 to pursue her CS dream abroad.
She wasn’t planning on linking back up with her teammates of old for a while longer, but when they needed an emergency fifth for the IESF Female Asian Championships, who was she to say no? “They just hit me up, I think it was a month out,” BiBiAhn recalled to me. “They asked me if I was available so I went.”