For the second day of the LEVEL UP PLAY ONE webinars, our panellists covered two interesting topics: the difference between esports and gaming addiction, and the emergence of female talents in the gaming industry. Here are some of the pointers we learned from the discussion.
The main difference between the two usually boils down to the goals of playing a game. When you're competing in esports, you have a goal to attain. Be it practicing for a tournament or a qualifier, or improving your skills in general - you're always working towards something. However, when it is an addiction, it is gaming until the point where it affects other aspects of your life negatively. Be it schoolwork, your career, or social life, being addicted to gaming means being unable to stop playing games. Fortunately, real gaming addiction only affects a small population of gamers.
On The Go, manager of Team Secret Malaysia (a PUBG Mobile squad) mentioned that even his players don't practice more than 3-4 hours of gameplay a day. There comes a point where putting in any additional hours isn't productive for the players. Instead, they spend a lot of their time on other gameplay elements such as strategising, and planning.
Panelists also gave some advice to parents who are worried that their kids are spending too many hours gaming. Parents should get engaged with the activities of their children, even if they don't 'get it', they can sit with them and try to be interested. Knowing that gaming isn't a hobby they have to do alone can help kids from using it as an escape from reality. Another tip is to show kids that there's more to life than just gaming - kids can have fun outside or not in front of their consoles as well!
The panelists also touched on careers in the esports industry. There's no need to be an athlete if you want to get involved. There are many other things you can do without going through the rigorous practice that pro players are subjected to. On The Go also spoke about preparing his players for the real world when they eventually retire from playing.
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This webinar was a much more lighthearted one, given the cheery personalities that were on camera, and even featured cameo appearances by MissRose's kids!
The streamers spoke about comments and flames they've been subjected to on their live streams, and how they dealt with them. They even poked fun at the statement of men being better than women at games - saying that women have to do everything else, while men can spend all their time gaming.
Regarding labels, Chu Chu put it nicely - "As long as you're happy, it doesn't matter if people refer to you as a gamer girl." While Yana claimed that she's not a gamer, but an entertainer. They were also full of encouragement regarding people who are thinking of becoming streamers or pro gamers - fall repeatedly, but don't give up! And follow in the footsteps of successful people, learn from the pros.
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Women today can achieve so much more than they ever could. Most communities have been shunning the old-fashioned mindset that “men are better” in recent years, with many women able to fulfil their true potential. Otherwise, Facebook Gaming Creator, MissRose Gaming, wouldn’t have been able to start her own PUBG Mobile esports team, named MissRose Esport Syndicate (MRE Syndicate). They’re currently competing in the PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG 2020).
Presenting you, the players of MissRose Esport Syndicate:
Muhd Johari Jojo bin Haji Sani
Muhammad Sapuan "Omar" bin Jufri
Muhammad Al Fateh "Fteh" bin Ismail
Andi Muhammad "Andy" bin Andi Anuar
Nor Azli Azzim "Babyjim" bin Nor Azlan
“I started MissRose Esport Syndicate to help younger gamers become successful esports athletes,” Roslinda “MissRose” binti Embran said of her motives. “I want to guide and build their talents, so they can grow up to be professional players and make a lucrative career out of it.”
Founded late last year, the idea in starting her very own esports team came from her supporters, a concept which MissRose was intrigued by. “I’m happy that I can help aspiring players achieve their dreams with MRE Syndicate.” However, between caring for her six children, husband and - especially - her streaming career, it’s quite a handful for her alone to take care of the infant team despite her capable hands. So, who better to partner with to help manage the budding squad than her own life partner? Even though her husband is officially appointed as team manager of MRE Syndicate, MissRose clarifies that it’s still a team effort. “He and I manage the team together.”
But, with every endeavour, there’s hardship. “MRE Syndicate has been built up without any sponsorship,” the Malaysian streamer revealed. “So, our biggest challenge is building the team’s foundation.” It’s an obstacle that persists up to this day, but she added with a chuckle, “I think it’s going well so far”.
Although MRE Syndicate is currently placed 22nd amongst 24 teams in PMPL MY/SG 2020, MissRose - like any encouraging parent - has nothing but glowing praise for her team, “I’m proud of them qualifying for PMPL MY/SG 2020, especially because this is their first offline tournament.” With a chance to do battle against PUBG Mobile veterans like Yoodo Gank and Team Secret, the players of MRE Syndicate scored a rare opportunity to learn from the best up close and personal. “All that matters is for them to take this experience and become stronger.”
A total of 24 teams compete in the PMPL MY/SG League 2020, battling it out for the much sought-after spots in the SEA Finals by placing in the top 16. The participating teams comprise the top 16 Malaysian and Singapore teams who pulled through the Qualifier Finals, and eight invited teams that range from veterans to promising newcomers:
PMPL MY/SG 2020 began on 3 Mar, with the Regular Season concluding on 22 Mar.
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