PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia esports contingent has won three gold medals at the Commonwealth Esports Championship held in Birmingham, England.
On Aug 6, Mohamad NorHaikal Mohamad Noh won the first gold medal in eFootball, beating Scottish player Gary McInnes, in two out of three matches. Cerith Dennis from Wales took home bronze.
“I am so happy, this is my dream. I have been waiting for this for years. It means so much to the people back home, lots of people are watching online, and I can hear all the messages coming in for me already," Mohamad Haikal said in a statement to the Global Esports Federation.
Malaysia also won gold in the Dota 2 female category by overcoming team England 2-0. Singapore won bronze.
The Malaysian female Dota 2 squad consist of Stephanie Lim Yuen Lii, Bette Chia Hooi Ping, Tan Lyn Xhin, Nadrah Saufi, Wong Wei Sian and Lim Chern Tze.
"What makes Malaysia so good at games? We have a lot of different cultures in our country but we come together very well, and that is our strength," team captain Stephanie said in a statement.
On Aug 7, the Malaysian team in the Dota 2 open category beat England 2-1 in the Grand Final match for the gold medal. The team consist of William Yeoh Kwok Teong, Denise Danial Abdullah, Chung Wei Shen, Ahmad Ayhad Husam, Pang Sze Xuan, and Loyd Yong Binjie. India took home bronze medal.
The Malaysian contingent was formed by the Malaysia Electronics Sports Federation (MESF) with deputy president Afiq Fadhli Narawi as the team manager.
The Commonwealth Esports Championships was held for the first time this year alongside the Commonwealth Games at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. Overall, three titles were contested at the event including Rocket League, which Malaysia did not participate.
The event was a result of a partnership between the Global Esports Federation and the Commonwealth Games Federation which aims to explore the potential of esports of being a part of the Commonwealth Games in the future.