MPRT wants to host more e-sports events this year

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A person playing a PC game. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Waqiuddin Rajak

The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) is keen to host more e-sports tournaments this year, acknowledging the rise of such trend and positive reception during Brunei December Festival (BDF) last year.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong told The Bruneian that the ministry will approach higher learning institutions and tech firms to consult on diversifying e-sports categories for this year’s BDF.

He also said that games hosted can be educational such as hackathon that is related to engineering and computing.

“E-sports should not be restricted solely to video games as it is strongly linked to tech developments, creativity and innovation,” he said.

He added: “In a way, it also involves (coding contests) and a drone race but we definitely need to consult with specialists and have them onboard with our move to (upscale) the e-sports tournament this year.

MPRT Minister YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong (2nd R) enquiring about drones displayed on the sidelines of a recent e-sports tournament at the RBRC. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The ministry is looking to meet Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) as well as other firms and organisations that are capable to host the events for BDF 2019.

“We hope this can manifest well in the next festival; it might still be small but if we start now, we will surely grow bigger overtime,” the minister said.

Despite being at its infancy, Brunei’s e-sports scene has grown fast over the year with young local gamers surfacing to participate international tournaments that are currently rising in the region.

“InsyaAllah there will be more things e-sports and IT-related games in our next BDF,” he added.

The Bruneian