The E-sports industry which is growing rapidly around the world so much so it is contested at the very highest levels, is becoming the latest craze sweeping the globe.
Who would have thought that E-sports would become a dream career for some as it can generate income of up to millions of ringgit.
Malaysia, is extremely capable of becoming a major e-sports powerhouse in Southeast Asia in the near future.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the aspiration is not a pipe dream as the number of E-Sports players in Malaysia has reached 20.1 million people at this time.
Therefore, he Minister is confident that the Malaysia Esport Series (MES) 2021 event will be able to boost the industry in the country.
“The number of e-Sports players nationwide has now reached 20.1 million people and is developing rapidly, Malaysia is also ranked 21st in terms of the global e-Sports market and has spent US$673 million(RM2.774 billion) on E-sports in 2019.
“Therefore, I believe Malaysia can compete with other countries in Southeast Asia to become an E-Sports hub in the region. E-Sports is now not just a hobby, but also to generate income, ”he said yesterday.
He added that the tournament, which offers prizes totaling RM100,000, can be a platform to reveal young talented players.
“I hope we can produce elite E-Sports players in international competitions just like Dr. Yew Weng Kean who had won the gold medal at the 2019 SEA Games.
“The Asian Games have also started recognizing E-Sports.
“I believe, it is not impossible that we will compete in the E-Sports competition in the Paris 2024 Olympics,” he added when speaking at the launch in Putrajaya yesterday.
MES 2021 is scheduled to take place on March 26 to April 11 and has received more than 2000 entries from all over the country.