It’s game on for women in e-sports

  • Community Sports
  • Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019

Participants in action at the FIFA20 tournament. ­­

THERE has been a significant increase in the participation of women in electronic gaming or e-sports of late and this was evident at the recently concluded GEN-S Championship 2019.

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) student Nur Sabrina Hamdan, 22, who competed for her team, The Raffles, in the Mobile Legends tournament at the championship, said there was a gap in terms of social dynamics in this gender-centric industry.

“We will always have to deal with the reaction we get whenever we join a tournament. Many do not expect us to compete.

“We hope that more women will get involved in e-sports and that the industry will reach out to more women in future in an effort to break the norm, ” she said.

The championship which was held in conjunction National Sports Month, saw many talented gamers participating in three tournaments, namely FIFA20, Mobile Legends and PUBG Mobile, at D’Pulze Shopping Centre in Cyberjaya.

“This is the 10th e-sports event held this year by the Selangor State Sports Council in collaboration with the local authorities, ” said Sepang Municipal Council deputy president Muhammad Hafiz Shaari.

Dengkil assemblyman Adhif Syan Abdullah who launched the event, welcomed more sports events in Dengkil.

“This initiative is in line with the government’s aim to create a sporting nation by 2030, ” he said.

The winning teams in the three tournament received cash prizes totalling RM9,000.

Sixty-four teams participated in FIFA20 while Mobile Legends and PUBG Mobile saw 32 and 64 teams, respectively.

Nizar Yusop, 35, who competed in an arm wrestling competition, was seen playing the Nintendo Switch with two of his children.

Nizar said he encouraged his children to experience e-sports and had no problems exposing them to the gaming world.

“I believe that both electronic sports and traditional sports are important.

“This is because e-sports optimises brain performance while traditional sports work on the physical side, ” he added.

The event offered participants and guests of various age groups hands-on experience with the GT Sports Racing Simulator, Nintendo Switch and Playstation VR.

Other activities were a BMI Challenge, Street Soccer, Street Workout Challenge, Arm Wrestling Championship, Beyblade Competi-tion and BSN Explorace Challenge.

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