Published by Kevin Chong @ 27/10/2020

Group Photo at the press conference

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) powered by Impact Integrated has introduced its new initiative, Esports Integrated (ESI), as part of its Roadmap plans to build a sustainable and inclusive Esports ecosystem in Malaysia.

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Minister of Youth and Sports, said, “KBS is proud to work together with ESI to build The National Esports Roadmap, catalyzing the growth of Esports industry in Malaysia. With the rise of esports in the region, these initiatives will not only create opportunities to upskill our youth but also provide a platform to develop and improve the Esports industry in the country.”

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Minister of Youth and Sports

In its first phase of building an integrated structure, ESI will be rolling out the following initiatives:

  1. A platform to manage and centralize the Esports ecosystem. The platform will include a fully online tournament engine.
  2. Launch the formation of the Malaysia Esports Circuit consisting of the Malaysia Esports Championship and the Malaysia Esports League with points from these major tournaments feeding into the centralized platform.
  3. Introducing the Esports Conference series, a yearly event with the first edition slated for later this year. The 2-day Esports Conference will aim to provide networking opportunities and serve as a platform for discussion, leading towards a larger scale summit attracting regional industry actors in the years to come.
  4. Advocating for a better regulatory framework and guidelines to drive positive change within the industry.

ESI will also be developing a Capacity Building program, that focus on upskilling tournaments, event organizers, team managers, and coaches to raise the professional standards of Esports in Malaysia. The Capacity Building program is expected to commence in 2021, as part of a long-term plan for the National Esports Roadmap.

Launch of Esports Integrated (ESI)

Apart from that, ESI has revealed that the KBS’s official Esports Hub in Spacerubix, Puchong will be completed in 2021. This official Esports Hub will serve more than just a venue for tournaments and events, the hub will be a training ground for professional and amateur Esports players alike and an area for networking for players, coaches, and industry players.

“We are proud to support the nation in building the Esports industry. ESI’s vision is to create a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem that enables growth, ensures protection, and fosters diversity for Esports players of all levels in Malaysia, “said Ahmed Faris Amir, CEO of Impact.

Kindly visit ESI’s Website -  or ESI’s Facebook page - for more information on ESI’s National Esports Roadmap plans.