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KUCHING, Jan 16: There are promising and growing opportunities in e-sports for youth gamers in Sarawak who are IT savvy and fluent in Internet of Things (IoT).
Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan said more Malaysians especially Sarawakians today, are finding opportunities in e-sports.
“We anticipate our gamers are exposing themselves more (to e-sports) and are looking forward to avenues to compete overseas,” he said when officiating at the Borneo e-Sports Workshop 2022 held at Kingwood Hotel in Sibu yesterday (Jan 15).
Snowdan who is the Balai Ringin assemblyman revealed that in 2016, there were 160 million e-sports viewers worldwide and in 2021, this figure rose to 307 million.
“Therefore, the ministry views this workshop as an opportunity to create a legacy from a young yet fast growing industry to set the stage for economic and social transformation,” he added.
About 150 gamers participated in the workshop which was organised in collaboration with Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) and Business Events Sarawak (BES).
Also present were the ministry’s director Lamat Nyalau, BES chief executive officer Amelia Roziman and Sibu District E-Sports Club president Wesley Lee Sieng Keong. — DayakDaily