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Malaga Tech Games: the sporting event born from a Tweet

The promoters of Malaga Tech Games / FRANCOIS SILVA

The most important startups in Malaga will participate in a unique tournament that will bring together more than 600 industry professionals

Málaga’s tech industry professionals have launched a tournament that will bring together some 600 participants from across the city for the first Malaga Tech Games on the weekend of May 7-8.

The initiative was launched by VirusTotal founder Bernardo Quintero less than six months ago via his profile on Twitter. Quintero challenged colleagues from other emerging technology companies (startups) in Malaga to organize a “Startup Olympiad”. And his call was answered by Joaquín Cuenca (Freepik), Luis Hernández (Uptodown) and Manu Heredia (BeSoccer) among others.

“I just wanted to play a football match with Manu and Joaquín…”, Quintero said this Wednesday, to the sound of laughter during the presentation of the Malaga Tech Games. “The idea came from our own teams and when we discussed it, it seemed like a very good idea, because we are all in different sectors of the Internet and an event like this can be very rewarding for everyone”, declared the founder of VirusTotal who is in charge of lighting the flame of this particular Olympiad.

Applications still open

So far, eight companies have answered the call and there is still room for a few more. As long as they are part of Malaga’s tech scene, they can send their application to [email protected]

So far, Plytix, Verisk, Tupl, BeSoccer, Virustotal, Uptodown, Freepik and The Workshop are among the participants which will include: five-a-side football, 3×3 basketball, volleyball, darts, video games, paddle tennis, table tennis, swimming, water polo, chess and table football. “The idea is not to compete but to get to know each other,” says Kaajal Mansukhani of the Freepik team. To which Miguel Pretel, from BeSoccer, replied, half-joking, half-serious: “Hey… We’re going to fight hard!”

“We are a group of friends doing what friends do,” added the BeSoccer manager. Malaga Tech Games aims to promote mixed teams. Not only with a mix of men and women but also employees from different companies.

“We want our employees to connect and form a community,” said Paloma Simón, of VirusTotal, adding that there will be a paella to share on Sunday.

Another of the event’s founders, Freepik CEO Joaquín Cuenca, said during the presentation: “The respect we have for each other is well known, but there is also affection between us. and a bond that goes beyond the professional sector”. Cuenca recalled how Freepik, Uptodown, BeSoccer or even VirusTotal share a common journey: “We were all born in the same mansion, at the same time and by our own means, and together we have all managed to grow our projects.”

The start-up spirit

Emilio García of Verisk stresses the importance of these initiatives to “show what is happening in Malaga”. Pablo Tapia from Tupl spoke about how Malaga Tech Games shows the “initiative” and “passion” behind the “startups”.

The games also count Plytix among its founding members. Their founder, Álex López, said in closing: “Activities like this help a lot to create a community”.