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Kejohanan E-Sukan Malaysia (MEC) 2021/2022 melabuhkan tirainya selepas mendapat sambutan tontonan di platform Facebook @esportsintegrated melebihi 1.6 juta tontonan yang dicatatkan pada musim 2020/21.

Menurut Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Esports Integrated (ESI) Ahmed Faris Amir, berkata kejohanan itu juga berjaya menarik lebih 10,000 peserta bagi musim ini.

"Dalam merebut hadiah wang tunai berjumlah RM100,000 yang ditawarkan menerusi empat permainan dipertandingkan FIFA 22, DOTA 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) dan PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile.

"Kebanyakannya bukan penyertaan baharu kerana sudah berada dalam sistem www.esukan.gg, iaitu platform sukan elektronik yang dikendalikan ESI dan KBS (Kementerian Belia dan Sukan)," katanya.

Pihaknya berharap untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak tajaan bagi meningkatkan hadiah wang kemenangan dan anjur kejohanan pada skala lebih besar bagi musim seterusnya.

Beliau turut mengesahkan dua pasukan terbaik kategori MLBB, berjaya meraih tiket ke MLBB Professional League (MPL) sebagai lapan pasukan teratas bagi pusingan kelayakan Kejohanan Asia Tenggara dan Dunia.

Beliau menjelaskan berikutan juara, Homebois dan pasukan di tempat ketiga RSG telah layak ke kelayakan tersebut sebelum ini, slot itu menjadi milik naib juara Caracal dan pasukan di tempat keempat Mikey.

Juara dan naib juara PUBG Mobile pula, D3V Silence dan Farang Guerilla, berjaya menempah slot ke PUBG Mobile Pro League.

Berikut senarai pemenang mengikut permainan:

FIFA 22:

  1. Muhammad Faiz Hariry Mohamad Fodzai
  2. Muhammad Faid Mohd Said
  3. Mohamad Zahin Thaqif

Dota 2:

  1. Pasukan Atlantis (Ahmad Ahyad Husam, Denise Danial, Pang Sze Xuan, Chung Wei Shen)
  2. Cat God (Chucky Chan Kok Khin, Gan Hou Sing, Chua Jian Shen, Soh Aik Yang, Einstein Yap Ming Yu)
  3. Sitiawan (Wen Xian, See Earn Soon, Ding Boon Kang, Dywon, Hoong Jhen Wei, Kingsley Kim)

MLBB:

  1. Homebois (Muhammad Nazhan Mohd Nor, Muhammad Haniff Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Irfan Aujang, Muhammad Saiful Aujang, Muhammad Nazreen Nasir, Amier Fitri Muhammad Affendy)
  2. Caracal (Muhammad Aiman Mohamad Abas, Mohd Norhadim Yusup, Muhammad Azam Ahmad, Ealtond Rayner, Zaraki Jamil Nurolla)
  3. (RSG) Muhammad Khuzaimi Ismail, Fareez Edraki Azhair, Ahmad Zaki Ibrahim, Mohammad Irwandy Lim, Muhammad Izz Daniel Zaidi).

PUBG Mobile:

  1. D3V Silence (Mohamad Insaf Tamsil Suhardi, Muhammad Hafiz Samsul, Akhmansyah Salman, Aiman Hakeem Khairulnizam)
  2. Farang Guerilla (Mohammad Helmi Eizlan Mohammad Ehsan, Nur Muhammad Safiuddin Abdul Jabar, Adib Syazwan Abd Razak, Adam Naqib, Muhammad Danish Ismel Muhammad Ghanisma)
  3. Dingoz Glazer (Muhammad Zulqarnain Mohd Azmi, Ahmad Rusyduddin Abd Gani, Aliff Putra Ahmad Shar, Naufal Amer Hamzah, Aqil Hamizi Mohd Sabri).

In a time where virtual meetings are the new norm, that hasn't stopped companies from organizing events, especially esports-related ones - which is another industry that has managed to thrive in these conditions. Esports Integrated (ESI) has announced its upcoming virtual conference: the Esports Integrated Conference (EIC) 2021. Targeted at esports enthusiasts to provide them with insights and first-hand knowledge about the industry, it will cover topics such as being a professional esports athlete, streamer, organizing esports tournaments and more. EIC 2021 aims to be a one-stop conference for the local esports community to expand their knowledge.

EIC 2021 will be a 4-day event, spanning from 24-27 May. In addition to informative talks, they will also be holding a Garena Free Fire tournament. With notable figures such as MasterRamen, SleepyGodzillas, J Hunter, Feekz, Xorn, Moon, and Laphel among the invited speakers, it'll be an event you won't want to miss out on. The best part about the conference? It'll be free to watch! All you have to do is visit the signup page to get yourself registered, and then tune in when it goes live.

Follow ESI on Facebook for more info and stay tuned to eGG Network for more esports news and updates!

It looks like the Malaysia Esports Championship has been doing very well, according to an announcement by ESI. To date, the multi-game tournament announced in December 2020 has received registrations for 7,424 participants!

The high participation and interest in the tournament is music to ESI's ears as it shows that they are on the right track to fostering growth and sustainability in the local esports scene. At the time of writing it looks like there's only one title left to register for - Dota 2, which only has 4 teams at the moment (but knowing how last minute we Malaysians are, they'll probably be filled up by the closing date tomorrow!).

ESI has a lot more planned for 2021, so if you missed out on MEC 2020, stick around and keep tabs on esukan.gg, their Facebook page or follow eGG Network so you don't miss the news. Good luck to everyone taking part in the tournament, may we see you on the big stage one day!

Now, there's one more way for aspiring Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and PUBG Mobile to make their mark in the national esports scene, and that way is the Malaysia Esports Championship (MEC 2020).

MEC 2020 is a brand new national competition by Esports Integrated (ESI), a government-supported local initiative under the purview of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), alongside Geek Fam and Alhamra Games. The Malaysian tournament will feature four popular esports titles, which include Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, PUBG Mobile, Dota 2 and FIFA 21 for mobile, PC and console, respectively.

On top of its RM100,000 prize pool, to make the deal a lot more enticing for MLBB and PUBG Mobile players, the champions of the mobile titles will also advance to the top 8 Qualifiers of the MLBB Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (MPL MY/SG) Season 7 and the Qualifiers for next season's PUBG Mobile Malaysia National Championship (PMNC 2021), respectively.

Here's a detailed breakdown of the prizes:

If you're a gamer for none of the above, not to worry - more esports titles are expected to be included in future championships by ESI to sustain the series and nurture talents further.

MEC 2020 was first introduced during the launch of ESI two months back. It's one of several key pillars to push the National Esports Roadmap forward and foster an inclusive inclusive environment for local gamers via ESI's ceaseless partnership with the local government.

“I would like to humbly say this to the experienced players, teams, organisers, publishers: as the new kids on the block, we would like to be of assistance to you and complement the work that you do; we want to support you in every way that we can,” said Ahmed Faris Amir, CEO of ESI and Impact Integrated, during the officiation of ESI.

Ahmed Faris Amir, CEO of ESI and Impact Integrated.

Registrations for MEC 2020 are currently open. For more information on registration and tournament schedules, visit https://www.esukan.gg/happening.

For more information on ESI’s National Esports Roadmap plans, check out their website or Facebook page.

MEC 2020 is brought to life by ESI, in partnership with eGG Network, the Malaysia Electronic Sport Federation (MESF), Techninier, VC Media & Consultancy (VCMC) and Geek Fam.

There’s little doubt that esports has been constantly growing in recent years, especially when it concerns Malaysia. Aware of this ever-growing phenomenon, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), in partnership with a strategic catalyst agency for youth and sports, Impact Integrated, set out to create Esports Integrated (ESI), “an initiative to catalyse a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive esports ecosystem in Malaysia”.

“KBS has not had a centralised initiative to address all the problems that have been plaguing the esports industry,” revealed Ahmed Faris Amir, CEO of Impact Integrated, the reason behind ESI’s formation. “Which is why we created ESI - to integrate all existing efforts in the country to further improve the ecosystem.”

Ahmed Faris Amir, CEO of Impact Integrated.

ESI is part of the government’s efforts to push the National Esports Roadmap forward, in hopes of accelerating the growth of Malaysian esports. The roadmap and core focuses of ESI were announced at its launch event yesterday, with Phase One’s plan consisting of:

  1. Creating a platform to centralise the Malaysian esports ecosystem, including an online tournament feature;
  2. Forming the Malaysia Esports Circuit, comprising the Malaysia Esports Championship and the Malaysia Esports League, and points earned from these tournaments will be calculated in said platform;
  3. Launching the Esports Conference series, a networking and discourse platform for esports, later this year;
  4. Advocating for a better regulatory framework and clearer guidelines in the esports sphere.

Aside from the above, a Capacity Building programme - which aims to raise the professional standards of Malaysia’s esports by tutoring organisers, team managers and coaches - is slated to begin next year. KBS’s official Esports Hub is also currently being constructed in Spacerubix, Puchong, to serve as a training ground for both professional and amateur e-athletes, as well as an event/tournament venue and a networking area for the athletes, coaches and industry players.

One of the challenges that ESI hopes to tackle is fragmented tournaments across the nation. “We have so many esports tournaments here, but they’re not centralised, which is why we’re introducing the Malaysia Esports Circuit,” Ahmed explained, adding that the online tournament feature will assist in bringing about a central platform that’s easily accessible by everyone. This is one of several issues that ESI are dead set on solving, and it’s a journey that they’re in for the long haul.

“I would like to humbly say this to the experienced players, teams, organisers, publishers: as the new kids on the block, we would like to be of assistance to you and complement the work that you do; we want to support you in every way that we can,” Ahmed expressed.

The ESI launch event yesterday saw the Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, officiating the event. In attendance was also Datuk M Noor Azman Bin Taib, Secretary General of KBS, and of course, Ahmed Faris himself.

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Minister of Youth and Sports.

ESI’s partners include the Malaysia Electronic Sport Federation (MESF), eGG Network (what an honour!), Techninier, VC Media & Consultancy (VCMC) and Geek Fam.

Be sure to follow ESI on Facebook, and check out their official website for more information.

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