Five Lessons We Learnt From Jalur 14
Our docuseries, Jalur 14, concluded its run last week with the stars of the episode sharing what they think that the public and our country can do to make the future of esports and gaming better in our country. However, those weren’t the only things that we learnt from the show. The eye-opening series gave us some valuable insights into what goes on behind the scenes. Here are five key takeaways from the show:
Even when you get sponsored, it doesn’t mean things will get better
A lot of esports players have big dreams to get sponsored and be on a good team, but that doesn’t mean all your problems will be solved. Sure, you don’t have to worry about a steady paycheck and facilities to train in, but you still need to work/play hard. And sponsorship doesn’t fix any problems that your team might have in the first place.
For example, Team Saiyan - it was a dream for the players to be playing for such a big brand, but it backfired. Because there was pressure to perform, they crumbled on the big stage. It wasn’t long until the team split up to go their separate ways. Fnatic was treated to a nice bootcamp in Sweden for a month before The International 2015, however, that didn’t solve internal issues within the team. When it came to the tournament, they fell apart and were eliminated in the first round of the lower bracket.
Good captains are hard to find
Friendship in a team is important, but so is discipline. There is usually a distinction drawn between the two in top teams. While you want to be friends with your teammates, you also need to point out their mistakes and correct them when they happen. However, not everybody has the chops to deliver their feedback or criticism clearly. If you can’t communicate properly or your teammates don’t trust you, teams will fall apart quickly.
Captains will make or break teams, and there’s a reason why good ones are respected and so hard to find. It’s not an easy role to play. Being the captain means you are responsible for everything your team does, be it success or failure, you bear the burden. While it also comes with glory, it’s one of the most difficult challenges one can face. Just listen to the stories of Mushi or Ramona to see how hard they struggled in their journey to the top. It’s definitely not for everyone.
You don’t have to give up on your studies to be successful in esports
There’s a common misconception that you need to quit everything to focus on esports if you want to succeed. That isn’t true. You can finish the basic level of education first before going full-time. Dr Yew proved that you can be a successful academician as well as an esports star. Soloz and Fredo finished some basic education before going into esports. ChuChu Gaming finished her studies before becoming a full-time caster. As long as you are determined enough, you'll be able to balance your time between playing and studying. Also, even though the field is full of young people, it’s never too late to join the industry. You don’t have to retire just because you hit 30, there’s a whole career path in esports if you are willing to branch out - which brings us to our next point.
There’s more to esports than just being a player
In episode 4 Soloz confesses that he wasn't great as a coach. Even if you're a highly skilled player, it doesn't mean you can easily make the transition to a coach. Even Mushi had problems getting his teammates to listen to him when he was coaching Mineski. Fredo wasn't winning tournaments when he was in MLBB, his success only came from PUBG. Not everyone is cut out to do everything in esports - that means there's a role for everybody. If you plan to succeed in esports, know what skills you have for what roles there are available.
In addition to being an athlete, you can be a manager, coach, team chef, nutritionist, lawyer, accountant, event organizer, reporter, game developer - and so much more! The game industry isn't just about the esports, and it is still in its infancy. Everyone is trying to figure out what can be done in the space. Here’s your chance to explore uncharted territory!
Streaming is a competitive industry
Yes, Soloz makes streaming look like such an easy or lucrative job - but it isn’t, for most people. He worked hard to get his stream to where it is now - he didn’t become successful overnight. It’s not something that everyone can pick up and just do. Sure, being known in the competitive gaming scene helped boost his numbers in the beginning, but people stayed for his content. Good gameplay is one thing, but you also need a great personality. People will follow streamers to different games regardless of what they play. A great streamer knows how to attract and command their audience.
He gave some advice to aspiring streamers - start with a niche game, build up a following before you decide to compete against the big boys. Because if you have a crowd of loyal viewers, they’ll be able to follow you when you play a more popular game, which will help your numbers improve.
Jalur 14 has concluded, but will still be showing on Astro Awani and AEC if you missed out the finale on eGG Network. Do keep an eye out for reruns on our network! Have you watched Jalur 14? What did you think of the series? Let us know your feedback below.
A docuseries chronicling the rise of esports and the gaming industry in Malaysia. Jalur 14 recounts the tales of 14 Malaysian icons including Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung, Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong, Mohd Fariz “Soloz” Zakaria, Ahmad Fuad “Fredo” Bin Razali, Andriyana Binti “ChuChu Gaming” Mohamed Ghazali, and more, as they share about their struggles, challenges, and experiences on their path to success.
Covering some of the biggest games in Malaysia, namely, Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Counter-Strike, and PUBG Mobile, Jalur 14 is a must-watch for anybody who’s had any interest in the Malaysian esports and game development industry. From zeroes to heroes, these stalwarts of the scene have all broken their backs putting the Jalur Gemilang on the map.
Jalur 14 is presented to you by eGG Network and Esports Integrated. It is proudly sponsored by Yoodo, Acer, Zotac Gaming and Suncycle.