THE Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development Ministry has been actively collaborating with Sarawak E-sports Association (SESA) to create an e-sports development platform including organizing competition and development programmes in producing future champions in the field.
Its Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the various competitions were held to promote e-sports development at the grassroots level and transform into a more competitive training platform.
The competition included Sarawak Youth Stay At Home E-Sport Challenge, MYSS Youth Stay At Home X-Tive Challenge, MYSS E-Football Pro Evolution Soccer (PES 2021) and MYSS Malaysia Day E-sports Cup with 2,500 participants throughout Sarawak.
SESA, he said, had also successfully organized My Borneo E-Force International Tournament, Sarawak E-sport Expo, Talent E-sport Search Program, Mobile Legend (MLBB) Challenge and Malaysia E-sport League.
When delivering his ministerial winding – up speech at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) here today, Karim said Sarawak has also recently nurtured its very own talents representing the states at the world class level.
“In Let’s Comeback Esports Tournament 2022 held in Sabah on March 19 to 20, six athletes from Sarawak won a bronze medal. In the last SEA Games, Malaysia has contributed three bronze medals in the e-sport event.
“Among the e-sport athletes representing Malaysia included our Sarawakian representatives; namely, Ibnu Qaldoon Mohamad Sukor, Alvin Lim Ming Siang and Mohamad Nabil Nazaruddin,” he said.
With the creation of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for E-sport under Sarawak E-Sports Associations, Karim said Sarawak were preparing and nurturing more athletes in e-sports to compete in international tournaments.
“We are also focusing on learning elements to develop basic cores such as game development, E-sport Medica (Healthy Gaming), competition management, leadership, administration and team management.
“This will produce quality standards of performance among the e-sport community towards achieving the growth and sustainability of the e-sports industry in Sarawak,” he added.