The Malaysian Esports Scene

February 28, 2021 - 4 minutes read

Malaysian Esports has been on the rise in recent years. Especially during 2015 to 2020, when esport malaysia really took off among the malaysian community of gamers. Everyone was accepting the fact that you really could make money by playing video games. Of course, this is no easy task. As you would have to be among the few top players of a competitive online multiplayer game to really make it big and earn big. With games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Overwatch, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang to name a few, these games have been the ones most featured in Esports tournaments in Malaysia.

Although not as big as the overseas Esports scenes in other countries, it is still recognized by the malaysian community and government as a well established sport and is steadily and quickly growing to be one of the most interesting and well rewarding sports out there. With some of the prize pools for major competitions and tournaments reaching up to RM50,000 – RM100,000. There really is no other sport that is relatively recently introduced in Malaysia that is rising very quickly in popularity and acceptance.

Usually, Esports is described as “competitive playing at a professional level,” but it will literally be teens wasting their time playing PC games at internet cafes for most people unfamiliar with it. What they do not know is that by 2020, the Esports industry is projected to be worth approximately US$1.5 billion, and the number of individuals tuning into live eSports competitions has risen. With over USD$5.8 million (RM23.6 million) from 424 professional players in 2018, Malaysia ranked number 21 in terms of the highest eSports earnings, which alone is evidence that there are many Malaysians who genuinely take eSports seriously. In reality, when hundreds of thousands of gamers from all over Southeast Asia and the world participated in the gathering, the Kuala Lumpur Major showed the crowd power of #DOTA2 enthusiasts in the country. 

As the current global pandemic broke out across continents, a major blow was faced by many companies and enterprises. And enterprises that couldn’t hang on and went bankrupt are there. The gaming scene looks the complete opposite of that, however. Big business stakeholders, including Tencent and NetEase, have actually evolved. Gamers often live at home, and are more likely to spend because of that.

In conclusion, the Malaysian Esports scene is very likely here to stay. As more competitive video games are being developed and published by developers and publishers such as Riot Games and their game Valorant, there is no shortage of video game options in sight for the growing Malaysian Esports scene. In time, Esports will grow to be as popular as televised football matches with stadiums and arenas being potentially built to host these competitive matches. With more and more players being scouted and becoming members of competitive gaming teams, the Esports scene is not going to go away for a long long time. For more articles like this one, click here.