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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M3 World Championship

This weekend we'll find out who the best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team in the world is going to be. Definitely an event no MLBB fan wants to miss. More info.

Date and Time: 17-19 December, 2 PM

Where to Watch: eGG Network TVTwitchYouTubeFacebook

PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2021: East

This is the final Super Weekend before we get the top 16 teams entering the grand final. Who will qualify?

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Sembang Game 2

Date and Time: 23 December, 9 PM

Where to Watch: eGG Network TV

Global Esports Games

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Date and Time: 17-19 Dec, 1 PM

Where to Watch: YouTubeFacebookTikTok.

OGA Dota Pit EU/CIS

Date and Time: 17-20 December, 10 PM

Where to Watch: eGG Network TVTwitch

BLAST Premier: World Final 2021

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Date and Time: 17-19 December, 11.30 PM

Where to Watch: eGG Network TVTwitch

Dota 2 DPC Season 2021 Winter

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Dates: 29 November - 21 January

Where to Watch: eGG Network TVTwitch

All dates and times in GMT +8

All of us have our own unique drive to live, to pursue the passion we have and bring some semblance of meaning to our lives. For Ramona “GFi” Azween, it was her late brother that compelled her to pursue esports as her career, a dream they both shared since before his passing.

“Growing up with two brothers, it was never Barbie dolls or masak-masak (cooking),” the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) professional player recalled. “Instead it was about games.” When she was younger, Ramona was introduced to gaming by her brother, who brought her to the Internet cafe when her mother didn’t allow him to go there alone. “He made a deal with me: if I accompany him to the cyber cafe, he would teach me how to play games.” Amusingly enough, she initially hated it because she wasn’t adept at it … yet. 

Ramona eventually grew to love gaming and started playing competitively with her brother at the age of 16. “I wanted to challenge myself to see how far I could go, especially when it was still considered the ‘men’s league’ and I had to be on their level.” After a while, her brother succumbed to his heart condition, prompting her to stop gaming for a year, briefly losing her enthusiasm for their shared passion. “Then I realised, if he were still here, he would’ve wanted to continue pursuing esports. And now that I’m still here, why not continue doing what we both wanted?” Thus, she returned to the esports scene and has stayed ever since for the past 16 years.

Fast forward to the present, Ramona is the in-game leader of TYLOO Female (or TYLOO.fe for short), the all-female team under the Chinese esports organisation, TYLOO, a pioneer of the local CS:GO scene. Even though there’s an ongoing pandemic and there are zero offline tournaments, Ramona remains busy as a bee - on top of her airtight practice schedule, there are actually more online tournaments now to compensate for the lack of offline ones. At the time of her interview, she competed in four competitions in a single week. As captain of the number one female CS:GO team in Asia, she and her teammates have also been invited to plenty of invitational tournaments, even competing in the men’s league.

“There’s a lot of pressure being the best female CS:GO team in Asia,” Ramona admitted, saying that getting to the top is much easier than defending one’s top rank. “As a top team, the whole community will be gunning for us, trying to shake us down until we drop, which is why we have to constantly be firm and steady.” That responsibility falls upon the shoulders of both Ramona and her squadmates, and when it comes to working together, it can get complicated. “As the in-game leader, I have to make sure my team stays calm in the face of adversity, and to make sure that no matter what, we either win or go down trying,” said the self-proclaimed big sister, a role she doesn’t take lightly, evidenced by the cyberbullying she and her teammates faced a few months ago.

The incident happened when COVID-19 was beginning to spread across the world in March, with a number of online troublemakers insulting the TYLOO.fe players by associating them with their country for starting the pandemic. It’s not an uncommon occurrence for the girls, but “as much as we say we don’t care about haters, we are still human and have feelings.” Although Ramona is more accustomed to such hindrances after being in the industry for so long, her teammates are younger and still getting used to such treatment. “Despite this, I am really proud of my teammates for staying focused and working hard.”

Before moving to the Chinese team, Ramona was actually in a Malaysian all-girl team named Orange.Sphynx, where she was given the right support to develop as a player. Even though Frank Ng, CEO of Orange Esports, initially invited her to join the male CS:GO team, she opted to join the Sphynx girls after meeting them, wanting to play in the female league instead and work hard for the world champions title. “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Frank and my former team members,” while also expressing her gratitude to HighSense Gaming (HSG), TYLOO.fe’s sponsor, for giving her the best experience and opportunities to be the best e-athlete she can be. 

One of Ramona's proudest achievements: winning the Zowie Divina Women’s Asia CS:GO Championship 2019 with her previous team, Orange.Sphynx.

In spite of the above, aside from her mother who’s her biggest supporter, Ramona isn’t forgetting those who have been with her the second-longest in this journey: the fans. She assured that even though she’s part of an overseas team, she never stopped carrying the Jalur Gemilang, the Malaysian flag. Plus, if anyone needs help with understanding esports-related matters or even gaming equipment, she offers up her social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook for her followers to message her. “I want to give back to the community because without them, there is no me.”

Animal lover Ramona is particularly fond of cats, with her favourite, Boo, passing away last year when she was competing in China. "He looked like the Night Fury dragon (Toothless) from How to Train Your Dragon."

And lastly, for the girls who wish to be esports athletes, here’s what Ramona had with her advice: “If you believe in your dreams, work hard towards it, and do not be afraid of trial and error. It doesn’t matter what people think or say about you, what matters is that you accept criticisms, grow and never doubt your beliefs.”

Follow Ramona on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on her esports adventures!

Don't forget to catch Ramona's appearance next week on Sembang Game, which will be broadcast Tuesday (6 October), 10PM on Astro Arena (CH801 and 802); and Thursday (8 October), 9PM on eGG Network (CH800).

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.

League of Legends World Championship 2020

The main event finally begins! The Play-ins saw Team Liquid, PSG Talon, LGD Gaming, and Unicorns Of Love reaching the top, joining their worthy adversaries by qualifying for the Group Stage. However, that was just the start - the real battle between the best League of Legends teams is about to commence!

The Worlds 2020 Group Stage will be broadcast LIVE on eGG Network, from tomorrow until next Sunday (3 - 11 October). For more information on Worlds 2020, check out the Leaguepedia page.

More info: Live on eGG - 2020 LoL World Championship Play-Ins

Top Clans 2020

We've just had the Top Clans 2020 appetisers with two group stage days for Rules of Survival, and now, it's onwards to Dota 2 and Marvel Super War! With a US$85,000 total prize pool on the line, don't miss out on more MOBA esports action by checking out Top Clans 2020.

Catch the Top Clans 2020 telecasts on eGG Network (Astro CH800) from today (2 October) onwards at 4PM - be sure to check out our TV guide for a detailed rundown on the broadcast schedule. You can also watch the action live on the Top Clans 2020 Facebook page.

More info: Top Clans 2020 return 25 September with US$85,000 prize pool and four new esports titles

The Nationals Season 2 - Dota 2 Conference

After crowning AK as the first two-time Tekken 7 Conference champion last weekend, it's time we witness the Dota 2 Conference of The Nationals! The Philippines' best Dota 2 teams will be facing off for the PHP500,000 champions cash prize, with the first phase of group stage adopting a double round-robin format before the Top 4 advance to the Playoffs.

The Nationals Season 2 - Dota 2 Conference group stage begins this weekend (3 and 4 October), with its broadcast available on eGG Network and The Nationals FB. Check out our TV guide for our telecast broadcast schedule of the Filipino tournament.

All the MPLs to catch this week:

MPL-MY/SG Season 6 (Week 6)

(Image credit: MLBB Facebook)

Date: 2 - 4 October, 3PM.
Where to watcheGG Network FB.
More info: MPL-MY/SG website.

Related: MPL-MY/SG S6 Midseason Recap

MPL-PH Season 6 (Week 7)

(Image credit: MLBB Esports Facebook)

Date: 2 October, 6PM; 3 - 4 October, 4.30PM.
Where to watchMLBB Facebook (Tagalog and English).
More info: MPL-PH website.

MPL-ID Season 6 (Week 8)

(Image credit: MPL-ID Facebook)

Date: 2 October, 4.30PM; 3 October, 1PM; and 4 October, 4.30PM.
Where to watch: MPL-ID FB.
More info: MPL-ID website.

Top Clans 2020

Top Clans 2020 is back, bigger and better than ever for its second edition. The largest Rules of Survival tournament has since expanded to include other esports titles: Dota 2Marvel Super War and Tekken 7. The US$85,000 total prize pool will be split between each game, with US$20,000 allotted to all of them except Tekken 7, which will instead feature a US$5,000 prize pool.

Catch the Top Clans 2020 telecasts on eGG Network (Astro CH800) from 29 September onwards - be sure to check out our TV guide for a detailed rundown on the broadcast schedule. You can also watch the action live on the Top Clans 2020 Facebook page from today (25 September) onwards.

More info: Top Clans 2020 return 25 September with US$85,000 prize pool and four new esports titles

League of Legends World Championship 2020

Worlds 2020 has finally arrived! The best LoL teams across the globe will battle it out for the world championship title, with the international series being split into two stages: the Play-In and the Main Event. The former will kick off Worlds 2020 with a six-day phase that will determine the top four teams advancing to the Main Event, joining twelve other teams who are apex players of their respective leagues.

The Worlds 2020 Play-In will be broadcast LIVE on eGG Network, beginning today (25 September). For more information on Worlds 2020, check out the Leaguepedia page.

More info: Live on eGG - 2020 LoL World Championship Play-Ins

OGA Dota PIT Season 3: Europe/CIS - Playoffs

The best of the best European and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Dota 2 teams have finally been decided, with the remaining six teams still in the running for the championship title of the OGA Dota PIT Season 3. It's now down to Team Secret, Alliance, Team Liquid, VP.Prodigy, Natus Vincere and OG, so you can expect an explosive finish to this Dota 2 regional competition.

The OGA Dota Pit Season 3 Europe/CIS Playoffs continues tonight and tomorrow (25 - 26 September). The stream will be broadcast LIVE on eGG Network (check out our TV guide for the detailed schedule), and Twitch for online users.

Sembang Game

Brought to you by the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Esports Integrated (ESI) and eGG Network, Sembang Game is a TV talk show featuring extensive interviews with some of the most prominent figures in Malaysia’s gaming scene, as they share career stories, insights on the industry and play some games while they're at it. Next week, we'll be joining hosts Jaasuzuran and Intanserah as they take a dive into the world of Esports, and explore behind-the-scenes of the biggest esports tournament organizers and talent agencies in Malaysia. The guests of the week include Kevin Wong of Wulf Esports, Leon Lee of IO Esports, Michelle Low from Agrimind and Fazli Razak of Gamesbond.

Sembang Game will be broadcast weekly every Tuesday, 10PM on Astro Arena (CH801 and 802); and every Thursday, 9PM on eGG Network (CH800). Follow eGG Network on Facebook for more updates on the show!

PMPL MY/SG Season 2 Grand Finals

The moment Malaysian/Singaporean PUBG Mobile esports fans have been waiting for - the PMPL MY/SG Season 2 Grand Finals! The top 16 teams will be battling it out for the much-coveted top 2 spots and secure their entry into the prestigious PMPL SEA Finals 2020 Fall Split.

The PMPL MY/SG Season 2 Grand Finals commences today (25 September) at 3PM, until Sunday at the same time. You can watch the action LIVE on the official PUBG Mobile Facebook page.

Related: PMPL MY/SG S2 - League Season Recap to Prepare For Grand Finals

Other huge tournaments to watch:

The Nationals Season 2 - Tekken 7 Conference (Playoffs)

Date: 26 September, 2PM.
Where to watch: The Nationals FB & eGG Network TV.

MPL-MY/SG Season 6 (Week 5)

Date: 25 – 27 September, 3PM.
Where to watcheGG Network FB.
More info: MPL-MY/SG website.

Related: MPL-MY/SG S6 Midseason Recap

MPL-PH Season 6 (Week 6)

Date: 25 September, 6PM; 26 – 27 September, 4.30PM.
Where to watchMLBB Facebook (Tagalog and English).
More info: MPL-PH website.

MPL-ID Season 6 (Week 7)

Date: 25 September, 4.30PM; 26 September, 2PM; and 27 September, 4.30PM.
Where to watch: MPL-ID FB.
More info: MPL-ID website.

MPL-ID Season 6

Three more weeks to go! The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Indonesia (MPL-ID) currently sees ONIC Esports at the top for the second week in a row - they may have lost 0-2 against RRQ Hoshi, but their 2-0 win over Aurafire made up for it. Alter Ego are just one point behind the top dogs, having won two matches against Geek Fam (2-0) and Bigetron Alpha (2-1). Will there be a new leading team after this week?

MPL-ID Season 6 Week 6 runs LIVE today (18 September) 4.30PM until Sunday (20 September) on eGG Network, check out our TV guide for the full schedule. If you prefer an online viewing, you can watch it on Facebook as well. You can refer to the official MPL-ID website for detailed info on the tournament.

League of Legends World Championship 2020

Worlds 2020 has finally arrived! The best LoL teams across the globe will battle it out for the world championship title, with the international series being split into two stages: the Play-In and the Main Event. The former will kick off Worlds 2020 with a six-day phase that will determine the top four teams advancing to the Main Event, joining twelve other teams who are apex players of their respective leagues.

The Worlds 2020 Play-In will be broadcast LIVE on eGG Network, beginning next Friday (25 September). For more information on Worlds 2020, check out the Leaguepedia page.

Related: LoL 2020 World Championship Starts 25/9 in Shanghai

The Nationals Season 2 - Tekken 7 Conference

One of the most revered esports tournament in the Philippines continues its Tekken 7 leg, with the country's best e-fighters battling it out for the championship title. The two best players of the country, Doujin and AK, have been performing spectacularly as expected, but Vermilion currently seems to be a strong contender for the throne as well. Will there be a new top Tekken 7 player in the Philippines this season?

The Nationals Tekken 7 Conference group stage concludes this weekend (19 and 20 September), with its broadcast available on eGG Network and The Nationals FB. Check out our TV guide for the broadcast schedule of the Filipino e-fighting series.

OGA Dota PIT Season 3: Europe/CIS

10 of the best European and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Dota 2 teams have been invited once again to compete in Season 3 of the OGA Dota PIT. Featuring a US$175,000 total prize pool on the line, the Dota 2 tournament begins with a closed qualifiers to determine the top two teams progressing to the Playoffs before the finale ensues. With the likes of Nigma and Team Secret as part of the lineup, any sane Dota 2 fan wouldn’t want to miss out on some top-notch esports action.

The OGA Dota Pit Season 3 for Europe/CIS will run from 20 - 21 September for the group stage qualifiers, with the Playoffs happening on 23, 25 and 26 September. The stream will be broadcast LIVE on eGG Network (check out our TV guide for the detailed schedule), and Twitch for online users.

Sembang Game

Brought to you by the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Esports Integrated (ESI) and eGG Network, Sembang Game is a TV talk show featuring extensive interviews with some of the most prominent figures in Malaysia’s gaming scene, as they share career stories, insights on the industry and play some games while they're at it. Next week's episode centers around the topic Women in Esports, where hosts Jaasuzuran and Intanserah will be joined by a special line-up - MissRose, Sabrina Zainal, Fiera Fendi and Suki Lee of Gamebond - as they share what's it like being females in an industry that has been progressive ever-so-slowly for gender diversity.

Sembang Game will be broadcast weekly every Tuesday, 10PM on Astro Arena (CH801 and 802); and every Thursday, 9PM on eGG Network (CH800). Follow eGG Network on Facebook for more updates on the show!

Other huge tournaments to watch:

PMPL MY/SG Season 2 Grand Finals

Date: 25 - 27 September.
Where to watch: PUBG Mobile FB.
More info: PMPL MY/SG Season 2 website.

Related: Top 16 teams entering the Grand Finals

MPL-MY/SG Season 6 (Week 4)

Date: 18 - 20 September, 3PM.
Where to watch: eGG Network FB.
More info: MPL-MY/SG website.

MPL-PH Season 6

Date: 18 September, 6PM; 19 - 20 September, 4.30PM.
Where to watch: MLBB Facebook (Tagalog and English).
More info: MPL-PH website.

*All times listed are in GMT +8.

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