‘Malaysia to be e-sports hub in Asia’

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

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.

PIC BY LUQ­MAN HAKIM ZUBIR

E-sports play­ers glued to their mon­i­tors at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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