Award-winning musician Datuk M. Nasir has joined esports organisation RSG Malaysia as a new player.
The company made the announcement yesterday (July 28) by telling fans that 65-year-old M. Nasir will be in its Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team in the flex role or as an extra player with “Sifu” as his in-game name.
When contacted, RSG Malaysia country director Johnny Tan said it’s not a prank despite what some fans have said about the announcement.
“He is joining the team as one of the players and he’ll also take on the role as a mentor to the team. Due to his age and experience, he’ll also be able to advise the team on how to be more calm and less ‘kan cheong’ (nervous),” he said to LifestyleTech.
Tan said that M. Nasir has expressed interest in exploring esports.
“We’ve been having this discussion for a month. He said that he wanted to try something new and venture into esports because of its growing popularity,” Tan added.
Some fans have expressed scepticism about the announcement, adding that it’s not possible for M. Nasir to join the team as a player due to his other music-related commitments.
They also said that the RSG Malaysia shouldn’t use M. Nasir’s name and image for what they claim to be a “prank announcement”.
RSG Malaysia has responded to the fans on Facebook by sharing a photo of M. Nasir wearing the RSG team jersey during a rehearsal for his upcoming concert.