JOHOR BARU: More than 1,000 gamers from Malaysia and abroad thronged the state to put their skills to the test during an eSports carnival here.
At least 10 walked away with cash and prizes totalling RM150,000 during the two-day event.
The participants included those from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia who competed in four popular eSports such as Dota 2, Fifa 19, CS:GO and PUBG.
The event, dubbed Iskandar Investment eSports Carnival (IIEC) was held at the EduCity Sports Stadium in Iskandar Puteri.
Iskandar Investment Berhad president/chief executive officer Datuk Khairil Anwar Ahmad said the carnival focused on showcasing the eSports industry to the public, especially the youth.
“The event has successfully demonstrated the abundance of jobs and income opportunities for young people as players, casters, vendors and organisers,” he said, hoping more parties would come forward to make eSports a mega industry in Johor.
Academy of eSports Iskandar Puteri (AOES) chief executive officer Kenrick Tan said the two-day carnival drew many eSports enthusiasts from around the region to Iskandar Puteri.
“It is through events like this that we can empower the youth and create a healthy community-based culture,” he said.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Pugu Mujahid Mantang, 19, walked away with RM8,000 after winning in the FIFA 19 game.
“I feel proud and am motivated to participate in more international competitions in future,” said Pugu, who goes by his game name Raja-Pugu.