E-sports may not have special budget allocation, but govt can still support indirectly through various initiatives, says S’wak e-sports president

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KUCHING, Feb 26: E-sports (electronic sports) may not have a special budget allocation, but the government can still support the industry indirectly through tax incentives, training programmes, and sports facility funding, says Sarawak E-sports Association (Sesa) president Afiq Fadhli Narawi.

According to a statement issued by Afiq, the lack of a special budget allocation for e-sports in Malaysia may be viewed as a missed opportunity to invest in a growing industry with the potential to generate revenue and create job opportunities.

“E-sports is a rapidly expanding sector that attracts a significant number of players, fans, and sponsors worldwide.

“It is also recognised as a sport by many international organisations and is set to debut as a medal event at the 2023 Asian Games,” he added.

He noted that the government may have other budget allocation priorities, including education, healthcare, infrastructure development, and social welfare programmes.

“It is up to the policymakers to determine the most effective way to allocate public funds and to balance competing demands,” he said.

“It is important to note that the lack of a special budget allocation for e-sports does not necessarily mean that the government is not supporting the industry at all.

“The government may still provide indirect support through various initiatives, such as tax incentives, training programmes, and funding for sports facilities.

“Additionally, the private sector may also play a significant role in promoting and developing e-sports in Malaysia,” said Afiq who is also Malaysia Electronics Sports Federation (MESF) deputy president. — DayakDaily