The ASEAN Games for eSports (AGES) 2016 will be hosted by eSports Malaysia, in partnership with the Malaysian Ministry Youth & Sports, Ministry of Communications & Multimedia, and Ministry of Higher Education. The event will be held from March 18-20th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia featuring a 1 million MYR (approximately $240,000) prize pool.
As part of a press conference being held, Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) announced the launch of the ASEAN Games for eSports (AGES) 2016 Tournament. The event is being organized by eSports Malaysia, in partnership with the Malaysian Ministry Youth & Sports, Ministry of Communications & Multimedia, and Ministry of Higher Education.
AGES 2016 is part of an initiative to bring together various esports organizations from over the SEA region. It includes the Philippine eSports Organization (PeSO), Singaporean Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) and Indonesian eSports Association (IeSPA), among others. The goal is continue to promote and enhance eSports in the region and create stronger ties for neighboring countries.
We look forward to long term cooperation with host nation Malaysia and participating countries to elevate eSports, foster cultural understanding among eSports athletes, and build strong ties among ASEAN member countries
– Mr. Kelvin Tan, SCOGA President.
ASEAN Games for eSports
The event will take place from March 18-20th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and feature a 1 million MYR (approximately $240,000) prize pool.
As ASEAN is a regional event, players from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam will be able to compete in Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and FIFA ’16. Registration for the event will start after the Chinese New Year, in approximately 2 weeks.
SCOGA will host local qualifiers to select Singapore’s representatives for AGES 2016 with additional details to follow.
Malaysia Cyber Games 2015
This isn’t the first time Malaysia is hosting an event to increase awareness and grow eSports.
On December 13th, Malaysia Cyber Games 2015 grabbed the attention of not only Malaysia, but the world, as the weekend event proved to be of monumental success.
The event took place between December 11 -13 at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, featuring competitions in four gaming divisions – CS:GO, Street Fighting, FIFA 16 and Dota 2, with a combined prize pool of RM 300,000 (~$70,000).
Team Secret made a guest appearance. A special dinner with the team was raffled off and the European team took part in a 10 vs. 10 showmatch to conclude the event.
The Malaysia Cyber Games was the first ever national gaming festival to boost the growth of esports in Malaysia.
The event was endorsed and supported by the Ministry of Communication and Media in hopes of giving the youth a chance to develop their skills and exposure, eventually thriving on an international competitive level.
The main objective of the event was to find and and develop local talent. The winners became the official national Malaysia Dota 2 team named Team Taring. The support provided access to financial backing in order for them “to pursue their dreams to one day be called ‘The Best in the World’ and help raise the Malaysian flag.
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