Iskandar Investment Esports Carnival (IIEC) rewarded skilled Esports enthusiasts in Dota 2, FIFA 19, CS:GO and PUBG mobile with RM150,000 prize pool last weekend. The event which was held at EduCity Sports Stadium in Iskandar Puteri, Johor had registered over 1,000 participants from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
“My personal sponsor is happy with my achievement, and I will enter more international competitions such as IIEC to make a name for myself,” said FIFA 19 champion, Pugu Mujahid Mantang, who is more popularly known by his in-game name ‘Raja-Pugu’.
Apart from the 20-year old Indonesian who won RM8,000, ‘Beyond Esports’ from Thailand also walked away with RM20,000 after they came out on top in the CS:GO competition, which they trained for three months. They, too, aim to enter more international competitions to advance in the industry.
However, for ‘Bullet Speed Crew’, a team of four athletes who won the PUBG battles, they do not plan to advance far from Johor, as they enjoyed competing in the many offline competitions in their home state.
Bullet Speed Crew
‘Flower Gaming’ from Kuala Lumpur won the Dota 2 competition, and the group of five students went back home RM20,000 richer!
“We are happy to have showcased what the Esports industry looks like to the public and, especially, to the youth in Johor. The event has successfully demonstrated the abundance of jobs and income opportunities for young people as players, casters, vendors, and organisers,"said Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, the President/Chief Executive Officer of Iskandar Investment Berhad.
"As Esports rises to its full potential, I hope more parties will come forward and strengthen the ecosystem, making Esports a mega-industry in Johor,” he continued.
“The IIEC has drawn many Esports enthusiasts from this region to Iskandar Puteri. It is through events like this that we empower the youth and create a healthy, community-based culture," said Kenrick Tan, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Esports (AoES), the co-organiser of the IIEC.
"We have succeeded in attracting corporate brands, Esports industry players, and grassroots to be on the same page to further improve and collectively grow the Esports community. The Academy of Esports is keen to be the platform of influence in this fast-growing industry,” he added.
AoES offers several certification courses in Esports and is driven by the movers and shakers in the Malaysian Esports industry.
The inaugural event was supported by EduCity, TM, MDIS, Wiseeye Solutions, Coca Cola, Monster Energy and Gamers Hideout.