Biggest-ever Brunei e-sports ensemble brings national flag to WESG finals in KL

by Haadi Bakar
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Six teams comprising 33 Bruneian e-athletes departed for Kuala Lumpur this morning to compete with the region’s top players at the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2018 South East Asia Finals.

The four-day tournament will be held from tomorrow until December 16 at the Quill Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

The WESG Brunei teams have signed on for the following tourneys:

  • DoTA2 – Team Revival
  • CSGO – Exidium
  • CSGO Women – Unikats
  • Heartstone – Fadhil Majid
  • Starcraft 2 – Rahman Yassin
  • Vain Glory – Fantastic 6

In terms of participation, this is the largest e-sports group from Brunei ever assembled to compete at an international level. It is also the sultanate’s first ever participation in an olympic format esports tournament.

The group was flown to Kuala Lumpur under WESG sponsorship after emerging victorious at the national qualifiers recently. The week-long trip is coordinated by Brugames Management Services, with Pro Builder Sdn Bhd, Kenview Enterprise and Aewon as sponsors.

Brugames founder Hawaii Yee said the regional tourney should give Brunei gamers more exposure as well as competitive experience.

“For most of them, this is their first time and it is a good chance for them to showcase their talents at the international stage,” said Yee, adding that his company aims to nurture local talents and enable them to compete among the best from other countries.

The winning teams will get to compete at the WESG World Grand Finals in China, slated for March next year, during which a prize pool of US$5.5 million spread across seven games awaits the champions.

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WESG is an initiative by Alibaba Sports Group (Alisports) to spearhead the development of e-sports on a global scale.

In a previous interview, Yee told Geekturf the participation of Brunei e-athletes at WESG would help highlight the local gaming scene as well as expose the talented Bruneian gamers to potential career opportunities in the global billion-dollar gaming industry.

“Some countries have already turned gaming into a strong profession for its people and this is what we want to achieve,” he added.

According to Yee, the local gaming scene went through a resurgence recently following a long hiatus.

“It’s still at its infancy as for now, but we have been getting strong support from major IT companies including Netcom Computer House and Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru),” said Yee, who also manages Brunei’s most elite group of CS:GO e-athletes called Goodfellas.

“With the recent gaming events (here), we found that Brunei really has a lot of talented gamers who have yet to make a mark internationally.”

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