It looks like the Southeast Asian eSports community is finally getting the recognition it deserves. eSports has been booming in recent times, especially in the Asian region and while the Korean, Chinese and Japanese eSports athletes have been brought into the spotlight through many different competitions and tournaments, the rest of Asian gamers have not received the recognition that they deserve. But now, it looks like that is all going to change.
According to recent reports, it looks like the eSports Malaysia is going to host the ASEAN games for eSports (AGES) in the year 2016. The event is going to be hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Kuala Lumpur and is going to see gamers from different countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. The event is going to take place between March 18 to 20, 2016 and the prize pool is going to be a massive RM 1 million. Singapore’s Cybersports and Online Gaming Association has also announced that they are going to host a local qualifier in the country to shortlist Singapore’s representatives for the competition and that more details on the qualifiers are going to be announced later on.
The games that are going to be featured in the competition include Dota 2, Counter Strike Global Offensive and FIFA 16 and registrations for the event are going to begin two weeks after the Chinese New Year. The prize pool for the competition is pretty massive compared to the other major Southeast Asian eSports event, the Major All-Stars which featured a prize pool of only $112,000. AGES 2016 is a major new initiative taken up by many different organizations in the region including the Philippine eSports organization and Indonesian eSports Association in addition to the above mentioned Singaporean organization. While there are not many details revealed on the event right now, there is going to be more information revealed by the hosts in the weeks to the date when the registration kicks off.
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