- The Malaysia Esports League 2021 has been officially announced
- It will be operated by Esports Integrated and will receive support from the 16 local esports associations as well as the Minister of youth and sports
- Malaysia Esports League will run between July 10 and September 10 and will feature four of the most popular competitive games.
The Malaysia Esports League 2021 is a collaborative event by the Malaysian Ministry of youth and sports and Esports Integrated that will provide young talents with a long-term platform to shine.
The Malaysia Esports League 2021
Reezal Merican bin Naina Merican, Malaysia’s current Minister of youth and sports, has announced the Malaysia Esports League 2021. The league will begin on July 10 and will run fully online for two months until September 10.
The event will be a part of the National Esports Blueprint of the ministry and will be operated by the Esports Integrated esports initiative. It will also receive support from 16 collaborating local esports associations.
The league is meant to create a national ecosystem for esports enthusiasts in the country from all skill levels and across numerous games. It will be separated into two stages – state leagues, followed by nationals. The stage leagues will run in 13 states and three federal territories, where the best teams will receive $480 and a secured spot in the nationals. The league will adopt a round-robin format.
The organizers have set aside $48,000 for prizes that will go to the best-performing players and teams across the various games.
Speaking of games, the inaugural edition of the Malaysia Esports League will feature four of the most popular competitive games ever. Here is the lineup:
- Dota 2
- PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds Mobile
- EA Sports FIFA21
- Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
A Way to Nurture Budding Talents
The Minister of youth and sports revealed that the Malaysia Esports League 2021 is one of the main focuses of the ministry and that a significant amount of the budget has been focused on making the event as exciting and all-inclusive as possible.
Esports Integrated’s CEO Ahmed Faris Amir also spoke on the matter. He laments that too many tournaments are reserved for the few peak players and that there aren’t enough instances where aspiring enthusiasts can shine and gain experience. The CEO added that he is excited to have Esports Integrated receive so much support and hopes that the current collaborative efforts will last for years to come.
Lastly, Amir added that he is thankful for the game publishers’ willingness to support the event and is delighted to know they also are interested in supporting young esports talents.
Malaysia is one of the South Asian countries that have shown to have fertile soil for esports. It provides many young people with viable career opportunities that help them grow and gain experience. However, esports, much like sports, is a highly competitive industry. Therefore it is quite kind and considerate of the ministry of youth and sports to support an initiative that aims to provide a platform for all grassroots esports players.