Youths can sign up for certificate courses to hone their skills

Gamers taking part in a competition at the Penang Esports Festival 2019. — Filepic

Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC) is launching an e-sports programme next month to promote digital talent among youths in the state.

PYDC general manager Dr Gwee Sai Ling said the e-sports development courses would be conducted in collaboration with Magnus Game Studio.

Gwee said this year, PYDC had organised courses ranging from digital marketing to web design, graphic design and e-commerce.

“We aim to train up to 1,000 Penang youths. As of now, we have trained 230,” she said in a press conference.

She added that the upcoming courses were Certificate in 3D Development (July 10, 11 and 17), Certificate in Game Development (Aug 7, 8 and 14) and Certificate in Business in the Game (Sept 11, 12 and 18).

The courses, which will be conducted over three months, are open to Malaysian youths aged between 18 and 30.

“Participants will receive a certificate but they have to achieve a minimum attendance of 80%,” said Gwee, adding that a fee of RM20 was applicable for students and RM200 for non-students.

“Through these courses, we want to help undergraduates, fresh graduates, students and youths master digital skills and learn more about specific topics in the e-sports industry.

“It also serves as a platform for youths to develop their potential,” she said, adding that it would give them a broader perspective of the e-sports industry.

“Learning about e-sports does not mean they will become addicted to playing video games.

“Both gamers and non-gamers will benefit as more job opportunities are being created in the field,” she said.

Meanwhile, state youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said the programme was an important investment for youths.

“It is about creating an ecosystem for e-sports,” he said.

To learn more about the courses, visit PYDC’s Facebook page or call 012-401 0186.

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