MES 2021 set to strengthen Malaysia’s efforts to become e-sports hub

MES 2021 set to strengthen Malaysia’s efforts to become e-sports hub

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysia Sports Series (MES) e-sports tournament which starts this Friday until April 11 is believed to be able to change the community’s stigma towards the sport.

MES, launched in Putrajaya yesterday by Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, is the first Malaysian esports competition series to have the support of three ministries — Sports Ministry, Health Ministry and the Ministry of Higher Education — as well as the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

For this inaugural event, MES will compete in three of the most popular video games in Malaysia, namely Mobile Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and FIFA 2021 is organised by My Events International and THQ Esports Club.

Owner of THQ Esports Club, Aimanhaq Zaharudin said the recognition given by Sports Ministry will boost the development of e-sports in the country because the participation in this sport involves all levels of society, creating employment opportunities as well as producing professional e-sports athletes.

“The MOH’s support can give a new perspective to the community because as e-sports athletes, physical, mental, dietary and psychological endurance are factors that are emphasized to athletes in obtaining optimal performance to achieve success, he said.

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“With the support of Ministry of Higher Education , students will be exposed to the importance of critical thinking, strategic thinking and ‘The Internet of Things’ in building human capital capable of meeting the challenges of the digital era and the global economy,” he said at the launch of MES 2021 here today.

The launching ceremony of the tournament was officiated by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

The tournament, which offers a total cash prize of RM100,000, will be divided into two parts, namely the qualifying competition scheduled to take place March 26 to April 4, while the Final Round on April 9 to 11.