‘Malaysia to be e-sports hub in Asia’
KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry hopes to make Malaysia a new hub for e-sports in Southeast Asia.
“The development of e-sports in Southeast Asia is in a region that is rapidly developing where electronic sport is concerned,” said minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman after officiating at the National Sports Day 2018 (NSD) here yesterday.
“We want to position Malaysia as a new hub for e-sports in Asean and, as per the briefing given to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the revenue from e-sports has reached US$600 million (RM2.5 billion), which is a huge profit.”
Syed Saddiq said there will be many job opportunities in the esports industry.
“The job opportunities will be of high quality. The interest of youths is not just in taking part in e-sports, but there is a lot of interest in related fields, such as computing and information technology engineering,” he said.
Syed Saddiq said e-sports officially became a part of the NSD this year at the Kuala Lumpur Sports City and it will be continued in the future.
During yesterday’s nationallevel celebrations for NSD which is in its third year, Syed Saddiq said about one million people were involved in the celebrations which were carried out simultaneously across the country.
E-sports players glued to their monitors at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.