Brunei’s premier tech-show TechXpo will continue front-lining e-sports as one of its main highlights this year via its flagship Cybergames Tournament, considering its potential to bring more developments into the country.
The tournament which is scheduled to run throughout the expo will once again pitch e-athletes across Borneo against one another through six games, with its prize pool being increased to $17,000 (from $15,000) this year.
The games contested include Counterstrike: Global Offense (CSGO), DOTA, League of Legends, Tekken 7, Mobile Legends and PUBG. Registrations were already opened earlier and will be closed on Saturday.
Event chairperson Infocom Federation Brunei (IFB) chairman Sheikh Hj Abas Sheikh Mohamad in a press conference expressed the hope that the tournament can center-stage e-sports into Brunei’s development, considering how major it has become in other countries.
He pinpointed the recent developments where a 16-year-old teenager from the US recently won U$3 million after topping the world tournament for popular game Fortnite.
The cash prize he won, said Sheikh Abas, was similar to those awarded to professional athletes, adding that it should be an eye-opener on its development potentials.
His statement was supported by co-organiser BruGames Event Management’s Managing Director Hawaii Yee, who added that there is also an ongoing regional tournament for popular PC game DOTA 2 which yield a cash prize of $15 million to teams topping the competition.
Besides from the global developments, e-sports is also getting well received in Brunei, Sheikh Abas said.
“E-sports was recently highlighted as one of the areas that could pose significant growth potential in the 15th Legislative Council meeting; with the government also pledging its support for its developments,”
“That is why, now I think the public will want to know more about e-sports particularly on how they can participate and excel in them,” Sheikh Abas added.
A sponsorship signing ceremony was also held on the sidelines of the press conference, making, DST and Telbru respectively the official title and platinum sponsors for the tournament.
Netcom Computer House was also made the official supporter where it will sponsor gaming logistics including seats and PCs.
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