Snowdan (second right) taking a closer look at the VR Machine Gun at the D-Virtual Park at Kota Samarahan, while from left Muliawadi, Serba Dinamik IT Solution general manager Abdul Qaiyum Alidin and Afiq look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

By Nia Natasha Hasenan

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Sarawak are eyeing at least one gold medal in e-sports at next year’s Malaysia Games (Sukma).

Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan said Sarawak would send 18 competitors.

“There are three categories approved by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) for Sukma — Evolution Soccer, Dota 2 and Mobile Legends.

“Out of three categories, we target one (gold medal) but of course we will be happy if we can win more than that,” he said after visiting Sarawak E-Sports Association (SESA) Mini Esports Hub, D-Virtual Park Kota Samarahan here on Monday (Sept 7).

Despite setting their eyes on gold, he said the competitors must look at their strengths and weaknesses.

“There will not be any friendly state competitions for the time being as preparations for Sukma, because there are many advantages and disadvantages that needed to be taken into account.

“It is different if we are to compete with international gamers, since they would not be competing in Sukma. That is why we hope to send our team to train abroad someday.”

Among those present were Sesa president Afiq Fadhli Narawi; Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd Kuching branch group manager Muliawadi Imran; Sarawak Sports Corporation manager for Sports Development Division, Ahmad Rodzli Hashim; and Sarawak Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Youth exco Malcolm Layang Jimbun.