E-sports can enhance tourism sector, says Syed Saddiq
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman attends the launch of the KL Major e-sports tournament in Kuala Lumpur November 16, 2018. — Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Electronic sports (e-sports) can further raise the tourism sector in the united kingdom, said Sports and Youth Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.
He said the Dota 2 (The KL Major) tournament, for instance, had attracted the eye of a large number of local and overseas e-sports fans which showed the immense pulling power of the gaming.
“It might be seen that lots of (fans) aren’t from Malaysia. This may boost tourism in the united kingdom and at exactly the same time, promote Malaysia along with attract the interest of Asean youths, especially.
“This group (the youths of Asean) may be the community that people desire to attract so they will find out about Malaysia and can want to check us out often,” here today he told reporters after visiting The KL Major exhibition.
Syed Saddiq also hinted that e-sports events would continue being hosted in the national country.
“This can be the 1st time but I don’t think it will be the last. You want to bring more international-level e-sports tournaments to Malaysia since it can not only attract local participation but those from overseas aswell,” he said.
Meanwhile, talking about e-sports development in the national country, Syed Saddiq stressed that the federal government was focused on ensuring e-sports wouldn’t normally be sidelined and continue steadily to concentrate on several plans that were used.
He outlined the three main factors that the development plan would concentrate on as empowering the Malaysian eSports Association, forging strategic alliances with gaming companies and creating an e-sports league beginning with the grassroots level.
The three-day KL Major marks the very first time an international e-sports competition has been hosted in Malaysia. It provides a complete prize money of US$1 million (RM4.1 million). — Bernama