By Luqman Hakim
A total of 17 E-sports athletes from Perak will compete for a spot to represent Malaysia in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games 2019 in the Philippines in November.
Howard Lee Chuan How, the Executive Councillor for Youth and Sports Development, told reporters that the state-level selection had been done. The next focus would be the final selection at national level to determine who would represent the nation in the biennial games.
“For the finals, to be held in May, they would compete with E-sports athletes from 12 states and three federal territories for a spot to represent the nation at the biggest championship in Southeast Asia.
“Five medals are up for grabs, namely, Defense of Ancients (DOTA2), Starcraft II, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), Arena of Valor (AOV) and Tekken 7,” he said during the closing ceremony of the selection at Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) on Sunday, April 14.
He highlighted that Perak was among the earliest to pioneer the development of electronic sports in the nation.Below is the list of E-sports athletes representing Perak in their respective category:Team Laka-Laka – Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB)M&M Gaming – Defense of Ancients (DOTA2)Nexplay – Arena of Valor ( AOV)Teh Mun Ben – Tekken 7Yon Jun – Starcraft