E-sports tourneys to keep people indoors

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 18 Apr 2020

A file picture of a mobile game tournament held in February. Some 300 gamers in Johor took part.

JOHOR BARU: Local electronic sports (e-sports) group is now bringing the competition directly to homes in an effort to help keep people indoors during the movement control order (MCO).

Esports Johor co-founder Megat Azimin Megat Amanuddin, 46, said since the start of the MCO, many players had been looking for a platform to participate in competitions and earn some income.

“That is why we decided to host online tournaments offering competitive mobile games such as Players Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Mobile Legends.

“These are easily accessible to a majority of players.

“Our move is also based on the success of MyStay@Homechallenge by Esports Malaysia (ESM) and the Youth and Sports Ministry, ” he said.Megat Azimin added that a PUBG tournament would be held on April 22 even though they lacked sponsors.

Esports Johor founder Dr Mohd Azlan Abdul Jalil said competitive gaming such as this would appeal to youths, especially now during the MCO.

“Online gaming is in trend and helps create a more tech-savvy and digitally knowledgeable community.

“Many values can be seen during these competitions, such as teamwork and effective communication between players to achieve their goals, ” he said.

He added that players also displayed sportsmanship during such tournaments, and that the group was currently searching for the best players in the state to compete professionally on the national level.

On challenges faced when hosting online tournaments, Mohd Azlan said while broadband infrastructure and access in the country was acceptable, some upgrades would be welcome.

“If we wish to go further with such online competitions, Internet service must be better in terms of speed and stability, ” he said.

Esports Johor was founded in February last year with the purpose of organising gaming tournaments while growing the local e-sports scene.

Esports Johor is also planning a boot camp to create a conducive and interactive environment to equip its participants with new skills, either as managers or players in the world of e-sports.

Those who wish to participate in upcoming tournaments, or to get more details on future events, can visit facebook.com/esportsjohor

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