KUALA LUMPUR: Eight local universities will compete in the country’s first University E-League (UeL) tournament, slated to be held from Oct 10 until Oct 17.

UeL 2020 organiser, Prime Sports International (PSI) Sdn Bhd in a statement issued today, said the inaugural league will start with the quarter-final round on Oct 10, followed by the semi-finals and finals on Oct 17.

“With the main goal of introducing a new university e-sports culture where students, faculty members and alumni are behind to cheer for the teams, the UeL aims to provide a platform for universities, and their teams to shine and compete with each other in a safe and structured environment,” it said.

“The UeL aims to circumvent the over-reliance on offline tournaments, working within the confines of new rules and regulations whilst simultaneously keeping the e-sports spirit alive,” the statement added.

The inaugural UeL will see renowned tertiary education institutions such as the University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi Mara, and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), face-off against each other in a mobile multiplayer online battle arena game, namely Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

The champion of the tournament, would be awarded with RM1,000 in cash, whereas the runner-up would receive RM 500 as well as prizes courtesy of Domino’s Pizza and 100plus.

The quarter-finals will see Uniten’s team ‘Gak ada Obat’ face-off against Monash University Malaysia’s team ‘Monash’ while Brickfields Asia College face Heriot-Watt University’s ‘Blank’.

Other fixtures will see UM’s ‘HI BZK!’ taking on University Pendidikan Sultan Idris’ Miracles, and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia’s ‘Hilda Si Kakak Balmon’ against Universiti Teknologi Mara’s “UITM Vendetta”.

All the matches will be broadcast live on the UeL’s Facebook page @UeLMY on Oct 10 from 3.30pm to 11.30pm, with two hours allocated for each match. – Bernama