Hunt on for good cyber gamers with eSports league set up

Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman says special task force set up will take into consideration concerns of parents that their children will become addicted to online games. (Reuters pic)

IPOH: Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today announced the establishment of a local eSports league as part of the government’s efforts to unearth talents in online gaming.

Syed Saddiq said currently eSports competitions across the country are held as one-off events and the ministry is looking to select players to represent Malaysia at the 2019 SEA Games in Manila.

“Very soon, there will be an eSports league for us to scout for talented people and market them because eSports has a huge following,” he said to Bernama after an eSport conference here today.

In terms of regulations, Syed Saddiq said the ministry has set up an eSports task force, manned by cyber game professional players.

“With the task force, we can set the rules and regulations for eSports,” he said.

Syed Saddiq said the special task force would also take into consideration the views of parents on eSports as some parents are worried their children would become addicted to online games.

“The task force cannot ignore the views of parents, especially on addiction to eSports.

“There are many eSports professionals but they are fit and have a routine and regime so as not to become addicted. They don’t ignore their health,” he said.

Malaysian talents are being scouted for six eSports games competitions in Manila from Nov 30-Dec 11, namely Dota 2, Starcraft 2, Arena of Valor, Mobile Legend, Tekken and NBA 2k19.