Pre-launch for the biggest Esports festival in Malaysia

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VIPs posing with the sponsors of the Esports Carnival

Get your gamer on, as we prepare for an epic event this March

Gamers rejoice as the month of March will host Malaysia’s biggest Esports’ events with a prize pool of RM150,000; one of the biggest in Malaysia yet. Officiated by Minister for Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq, the pre-launch event was held at the Auditorium of CIMB Leadership Academy in Medini, Iskandar Malaysia.

“The ministry is confident that Esports is here to stay and we are ecstatic to learn that six medals have been allocated for Esports in the upcoming SEA Games in Manila, Philippines. The presence of the Esports ecosystem in Johor is quite conducive with companies such as Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) being at the forefront of this movement, and the Academy of Esports generating batch after batch of professional Esports athletes. I hope more corporate companies throughout the nation will come forward and collaborate with the ministry so that Malaysia can become ASEAN’s Esports hub very soon,” said Syed Saddiq.

Syed Saddiq mingling with the crowd

Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, the President/Chief Executive Officer IIB said, “In 2017, we decided to be a catalyst in Esports development in Johor and formed the Academy of Esports which is driven by the movers and shakers in the Malaysian Esports industry. So far, over 800 youths have taken part in our programmes and boot camps, and about 40% of our students are well into being a force to be reckoned within the industry. We are always open to creative ideas and invite potential investors who are keen to build more Esports infrastructure in Iskandar Puteri.”

Syed Saddiq during his opening speech

The main event, being held on the 30-31st of March 2019 at the indoor Arena in Educity, Iskandar Puteri will see over 100 teams battle it out for a piece of the prize pool of RM150,000. Expected to draw a crowd of 3000 participants, the event will see 4 main games being played out across both days, Dota 2, CS:GO, Fifa 2019 and PUBG mobile. The event will also host boot camps for certain games for those interested to have a better understanding in what it takes to be a professional Esports athlete. The event is being organised by the Academy of eSports (AOES), Malaysia’s first Esports academy located right here in Johor.