New eSports investments planned in Malaysia

Posted on: Sep 10, 2018 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

The Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, has announced the intention to build a new eSports arena to develop a professional eSports culture locally.

Plans are also to start Malaysia’s first digital entertainment city in Jalan Ipoh, which will be the first of its kind in the nation. The minister is in talks with Singapore-based gaming hardware maker Razer Inc and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corpo­ration.

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahmansaid added that they have plans to form an eSports league system to encourage the grassroots development of their local Malaysian players.

The minister was speaking at the launch of the Kuala Lumpur Major, the first Dota tournament in Malaysia to get the Major status for the Dota Pro Circuit (CPC) 2018/2019 season. The tournament will see 16 international teams competing for a cut of the US$1mil (RM4.15mil) cash prize pool as well as points in the CPC to qualify for The International in the United States, the biggest and most prestigious Dota tournament. The three-day tournament will be held from Nov 16 to 18 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.

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