'Champion': Mohamed Ramadan releases new 'Free Fire' song for regional world series

The tune and music video were launched to encourage players representing the Middle East and North Africa at the competition

Egyptian superstar Mohamed Ramadan, who recently became the first playable Arab gaming character on popular video game Free Fire, has released a music video to encourage regional players at a gaming world series.

Called Champion, the song, released on Thursday, talks about the need to work hard and embrace challenges and obstacles. It is meant to inspire gamers representing the Mena region at the ongoing Free Fire World Series in Singapore, said developer Garena.

The event, a hybrid digital and in-person competition, will have gamers from around the world competing for a $2 million prize pool. The finals will be held on Sunday.

“When people speak to me about the success I have achieved in life, I always tell them that it’s a result of all the hard work I have put into chasing my desire and ambition to be the best at whatever I do – be it acting, music or anything in life in general,” said Ramadan, who co-produced the song.

“Fame, success and money have all been just a by-product of my hard work and that’s what I want to convey to all my fans through this song. Determination and perseverance are the key factors needed to be a champion in real life. Trust in God is success.”

Composed by RedOne and Adil Khayat, the English-language chorus of the soundtrack is sung by Frankie J. The English lyrics were written by RedOne and Arabic lyrics by Ahmed Inzaghi.

The release of Champion comes two weeks after Ramadan unveiled his single Versace Baby, which was shot in Dubai. The video has received more than 13 million views since it landed on YouTube on May 12.

Ramadan, a UAE golden visa holder, also filmed his 2020 video for Ya Habibi in the city.

The actor-turned-musician, who is hugely popular in the region, has released more than 15 music videos since 2018, all of which have racked up a combined 1.5 billion YouTube streams.

In March, Ramadan became the first playable Arab character on Free Fire, the free-to-play survival shooter game by Singaporean developer Garena, which was named the most downloaded mobile game worldwide in 2020.

A special light show on the Burj Khalifa was created to mark the launch of Ramadan's character, Maro, in April.

Mexican street artist Juandres Vera, who holds a Guinness World Record for the largest anamorphic pavement art, was also commissioned to paint a 3D mural of Maro on a billboard in Cairo, Egypt.