Though the esports scene has been thriving in Malaysia for the past few years, it wasn’t always like that. Back in the day, players took part in competitions by commuting to cybercafes to engage in clan wars just to win prizes like mice and headsets. Today, we have international tournaments with life-changing multi-million dollar prize pools. What changed? Jalur 14, an ambitious docuseries by eGG Network and Esports Integrated (ESI) attempts to explain it all. Featuring a star-studded cast of prominent figures of the local esports and gaming industry, Jalur 14 chronicles their rise and struggles to success.
The 5-episode docuseries recounts the tales of Dota legends, Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung, Ng ‘YamateH’ Wei Poong; Malaysia’s first esports gold medalist Dr. Yew Weng Kean; along with young bloods in the industry such as Mohd Fariz ‘Soloz’ Zakaria, Ahmad Fuad ‘Fredo’ Bin Razali, Andriyana Binti ‘ChuChu Gaming’ Mohamed Ghazali; and more. From zeroes to heroes, they share their struggles, challenges, and experiences on their path to success of putting our Jalur Gemilang on the world map. Find out all about the struggles, hardships, obstacles they faced, and what comes next.
Jalur 14 sheds light on the untold stories of pioneers and industry leaders who paved the way for the current generation of superstars. Covering games from Dota and Counter-Strike to Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and PUBG Mobile, this documentary is going to be something no esports fans would want to miss.
Lee Choong Khay, Head of Sport, eGG Network, Astro said, “We’re glad to co-produce this first-of-its-kind docuseries with ESI that tells the stories of people who have championed and built up the Malaysian gaming and esports industry. We along with gamers and fans are also delighted that KBS continues to recognise and support the industry through its various efforts and hope we can continue to work together to build local talents who will go forward to make an impression on the international stage.
Our belief is that esports is not just about playing games, and this is reflected in Jalur 14. We highlight key persons who have impacted the industry in various ways, such as Hasnul who has supported local game developers and animation studios, along with those involved on an international level such as game developer Wan Hazmer, and Dota 2 commentator and game analyst WinteR.
We would also like to thank our sponsors Yoodo, Predator, Zotac Gaming, and Suncycle who have supported us on this journey. We hope fans enjoy the docuseries on eGG Network and also feel proud to how far our nation has moved forward in esports and gaming.”
Ahmed Faris Amir, CEO of Impact Integrated said, “We’re happy to have like-minded partners like eGG Network who shares our goals in building the esports industry in Malaysia. Some of the stories shared on Jalur 14 brings to light the need for a sustainable esports ecosystem. We hope more industry players will come along with us on this journey to create structures and programmes that provide diverse opportunities for every link in the chain of the industry. As we look back on how far we have come, we can move forward to achieve greater towards the growth of esports in Malaysia.”
Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said, “KBS continues to believe the potential of the esports and gaming industry. With RM15mil allocated for esports in the recent budget announcement, we want our initiatives to create opportunities that will upskill and develop our youth who are passionate for this industry. We’re very proud of the talents highlighted in Jalur 14 and the team behind the production. We hope that their stories inspire passionate gamers to become key movers in Malaysia’s esports industry.”
Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing exclusive interviews with some of the heroes of the docuseries. We’re incredibly excited to share this news with you and can’t wait for you to catch the docuseries on air. Stay tuned to eGG Network on Facebook for the latest updates.
Watch Jalur 14 every Thursday, 9pm (GMT +8) beginning 26 November 2020, on eGG Network Astro CH800, available to all Astro subscribers. It will also be shown on Awani (CH501) every Sunday, 10pm (GMT +8) from 29 November 2020 and AEC (CH346/306 HD) every Saturday, 7pm (GMT +8) from 5 December 2020.
Jalur 14 is presented by eGG Network, Kementerian Belia dan Sukan Malaysia, Esports Integrated and Astro; and proudly sponsored by Yoodo, Predator, Zotac Gaming, and Suncycle.