Early Life and Career[edit | edit source]
Iftekhar Rafsan was born in the vibrant city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he later pursued his higher education. He chose to delve into the realm of Computer Science and Technology, attending Independent University, Bangladesh. However, it was his passion for food and exploration that led him to the world of content creation on YouTube.
Rafsan the Chotobhai is renowned for his distinctive approach to food vlogging. He ventures to various locations, embracing the diversity of cuisines, and encourages his audience to savor both the delights and nuances of traditional foods. Through his engaging and informative content, he has successfully cultivated a following of food enthusiasts who eagerly await his culinary adventures.
E-Sports Career[edit | edit source]
Beyond his captivating food vlogs, Iftekhar Rafsan has established himself as a professional esports athlete, earning respect and recognition in the gaming community. Under the in-game pseudonym "Outlaw," he has demonstrated his prowess in competitive gaming, particularly in the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).
His journey in the gaming world commenced in 2011 with casual Counter-Strike: Source. In 2015, he made his return with the release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, taking his gaming pursuits to a more competitive level. His dedication and skill led him to represent Bangladesh in various international tournaments.
Notably, in 2016, he was a vital part of the first Bangladeshi team, Nomads, to proudly represent Bangladesh on the global stage at the ESL Challengers 2016, where they secured a commendable 6th to 8th place. His esports journey continued in 2017 when he represented Bangladesh alongside Xtreme Lungiz in Bangalore, India, at the ASUS ROG Masters 2017, showcasing his talents on the international stage.
Television Commercial (TVC)[edit | edit source]
Iftekhar Rafsan expanded his reach beyond YouTube in 2017 when he made his debut in the world of television commercials (TVCs). He played a pivotal role in Grameenphone's "Stop Cyberbullying!" campaign, which not only garnered attention but also achieved viral status on social media. This campaign was later featured in the prestigious "Ads of the World."
Here is a list of some of his notable TVC appearances:
- 2017: Telenor - "Stop Cyberbullying!" in association with Mediumrare.
- 2019: Samsung Mobile Bangladesh - Samsung My Galaxy App.
- 2020: Airtel Bangladesh - "It’s OK to be single" in collaboration with FCB Bitopi.
Awards and Achievements[edit | edit source]
Iftekhar Rafsan, with his dedication and talent, has earned several accolades and achievements throughout his career. Some of his notable accomplishments include:
- Champion at ESL India 2017 Challenger with ZeGG eSports.
- 5th-6th place at ROG MASTERS 2017 South Asia Regional Finals in India.
- 4th-5th place at ESL India Challenger Cup #2 in India.
- Champion at New Year’s CSGO Cyberwarfare 2018.
- Champion at Winter CSGO Fragshow Online 2017 by JL Gaming.
- Champion at CS:GO Summer Fragshow 2017.
- Champion at Mazeda Networks CS:GO Summer CyberWarfare 2016.
Iftekhar Rafsan in the Media[edit | edit source]
Iftekhar Rafsan's journey as Rafsan the Chotobhai has been documented and celebrated by various media outlets and platforms. His unique approach to food vlogging and his accomplishments in esports have earned him recognition and coverage in the media, both nationally and internationally.