Kuala Lumpur, 4th October 2018 – The World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) SEA Malaysia National Final held at Quill City Mall has concluded. The closing ceremony was officiated by Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who announced the AirAsia Esports Centre, the first esports hub in SEA endorsed by the Malaysian government.
The international tournament, originally organised in 2016 by Alisports to let players compete in games they loved with a sense of national pride, saw over 200 participants from 5 major titles: DotA 2, Counter-strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and Vain Glory. The champions will be flying the Malaysian flag at the Southeast Asia Regional Qualifiers, where they would compete for a chunk of a USD150,000 total prize pool.
Our Youth and Sports Minister congratulated the champions and expressed his shared intention with Calvin Lau, Agri Mind Chairman, to develop Malaysia into a regional esports hub with the government’s support through development projects that promote esports. The first esports integrated facility will be the AirAsia Esports Centre in Klang spearheaded by entrepreneur Adib Khalid (of Tune Studios), owned by Agri Mind, a partner of WESG specialising in cybercafé systems. It is sponsored by AirAsia with the Youth and Sports Ministry’s endorsement.