The Selangor Government Wants To Give You RM30,000 For Playing Dota

E-Sports in Malaysia is getting more backing thanks to the government.

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Malaysians love gaming. DOTA 2, League Of Legends, Starcraft, FIFA 15. Hours upon hours of youth go into combating forces of evil, gold farming for better items, and improving their skills.

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Forging a career path out of gaming is rare among us, but Malaysians have beat international teams in major e-Sports tournaments. Like the five Malaysians of Team Orange who won third place in 'The International 2013 DOTA 2 Championship' in 2013.

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E-Sports is slowly gaining popularity in Malaysia and the multimillion dollar industry has been attracting mainstream backers, including big businesses and our government

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"SCG is organised by the state government as acknowledgement and support to e-Sports which has a large following and has become among the largest creative industry," he said. The growing industry, which now sees international tournaments with multi-million dollar prize money, has increasingly captured mainstream attention including governments.

The teams were playing for more than just international recognition (ESPN streamed the tournament online, as did Newbee's top prize of just over $5 million makes them the richest players in electronic sports history, per's Alex Magdaleno.

This event is jointly organised by the government of Selangor with a total prize pool of RM30,000. eSports isn’t exactly a big thing yet in Malaysia, so it’s always good to see an eSport event taking place locally – especially with some form of backing from the authorities.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is no stranger to eSports. He has publicly supported Malaysian teams by cheering them on and arranging visas for them to compete internationally.

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Last year, Khairy raised eyebrows when he publicly congratulated on Twitter Malaysia's Orange Esports team which bagged US$287,000 after coming in third place in The International 2013 Dota 2 Championship.
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Earlier this year, the minister also assisted the Arrow Gaming team in obtaining their visa to participate in The International 2014 Dota 2 Championship in Seattle, US.

Fortunately Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister for Youth and Sports in Malaysia, has stepped in to assist the team as he did for Ohaiyo in the past. eSports in Malaysia has risen to a higher profile following last year’s third place finish for Orange which netted the team $287,438 USD in prize money. The team has reapplied for visas with the support of the Minister and Valve. When the players were initially declined MasterRamen gave the following statement to

On 2 December 2014, the Selangor government announced the Selangor Cyber Games (SCG) the first state backed cyber games tournament, which will be commencing this 13 and 14 December 2014

Aspiring professional gamers can test out their skills at the Selangor Cyber Games that is happening on the 13th and 14th December at Encorp Strand Mall in Kota Damansara.

Newly-minted state exco in charge of youth and sports Amirudin Shari last week announced the Selangor Cyber Games (SCG) which will be held at Encorp Strand Mall, Kota Damansara on Dec 13 to 14.

A total prize of RM30,000 will be up for grabs in the tournament with the biggest chunk of it going to DOTA 2. Besides DOTA, gamers can participate in other tournaments such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive and FIFA 15

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Among all of the games at the eSports event, DotA 2 has the highest prize pool of RM23,500. The DotA 2 events will run for two days; the first day is the qualifier, while the second day is the grand final. Unfortunately, due to the rather limited open slots, registrations for this game has now closed.

Among the games that will be featured in the tournament include Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive,League of Legends, FIFA 15 with a cash prize pool of RM30,000.
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The Selangor government is investing a total of RM70,000 for its SCG tournament and is expected to bring together some 450 gamers.

The other games, which are League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and FIFA 14, will each have a collective prize pool of RM2,200. The former two games will be played on the PC (for obvious reasons), while FIFA 14 will be played on the PS4.

Malaysian gamers will be proud to know that with this event, the Selangor government aims to shed negative perception towards gaming as it is a legitimate and viable career option

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The working paper added the event aims to shed the negative perception to e-sports which has become a means of generating income.

“The government hopes by organising this programme it promotes the growth of e-Sports in the state and produces a young generation that is active and competitive," he said.

For those looking to participate in this year's tournament, you can fill out the form on their official website here

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