Brunei E-Sports Tournament returns this weekend

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A person playing a PC game. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Local e-sports firm Game On is leveraging on the Brunei December Festival (BDF) seeking more local talents to grow the e-sports scene in the sultanate.

Its founder Amar Agus Din said this is necessary especially when e-sports have been recognised as a proper field to be contested in the upcoming SEA Games.

He had also suggested that Brunei might be able to send its own e-athletes to the regional games next year provided that there is enough time to gather talents and train them.

During a recent press conference held at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), Amar said the BDF is a good platform not just to promote e-sports, but also for people to showcase their skills and get scouted for their talents.

Game On founder Amar Agus Din speaking to the media. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

E-sports continue to be a relevant industry with more people taking up gaming as a career overseas; either they are scouted by game developers or sporting teams.

“E-sports in Brunei however is still a growing scene as for now, that means we are lacking in terms of infrastructure and investment,” he said.

“But with proper support from the government and private agencies, I’m sure we can develop this scene well.  InsyaAllah we can also get e-sports to become a proper industry if we are always right on track,” he added.

Game On is returning for the second time to the festival with its flagship Brunei E-Sports Tournament (BES).

Despite only bringing in console games this time, Game On is riding on its partnership with Shanghai Moonton Technologies, the creator of Mobile Legends who will provide in-game currencies as a prize to uplift this year’s event.

Besides from the popular mobile game, BEST will also be pitching gamers against one another in FIFA, Tekken 7, Gran Turismo and Fortnight from Saturday to Sunday at the Royal Brunei Recreational Club (RBRC) this weekend.

The company will also be setting up three projectors and a big screen to allow people to watch gamers competing against one another while enjoying their food and time with their families and friends.

As of the press conference, about 300 players have been registered for the tournament but it will still be opened until Sunday, 2pm, for those who are still interested to join.

BES is organised in partnership with The Gloss Factory & Euroworks, E-Project, MMW (Mixmediaworx), Brunei.Events, Aiking, Sugoi, Pixel Esports Café and Telbru.

The event is sponsored by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Aewon, OCDBN and RYS Entertainment.

The Bruneian