$17,000 prize pool for esports tournament at TechXpo 2019

by Haadi Bakar
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A prize pool of $17,000 has been allocated for this year’s TechXpo Cybergames Tournament, the largest amount raised by any esports event in Brunei to date.

Local telco DST is the title sponsor for the event and prize pool with a total contribution valued at over $25,000.

Slated to be held from August 29 – September 1 at BRIDEX Hall 2, the Cybergames Tournament 2019 will host matches for six popular titles spread across three different gaming platforms – Counterstrike: Global Offensive (CSGO), DOTA and League of Legends on the PC, PubG Mobile and Mobile Legends on smartphones, and Tekken on the PlayStation 4.

The breakdown of the prizes for each games are as follows:

runner up
Runner Up
Runner Up
of Legends

The tournament is the main event of TechXpo, Brunei’s annual premier technology trade and consumer expo organised by D’Sunlit and Infocomm Federation Brunei (IFB).

Sigma Cyberspace and Brugames Management Service will manage the four-day tournament, with support from Netcom Computer House.

The esports tourney is also sponsored by Telbru.

The biggest esports event in Brunei

“This is the biggest esports tournament ever organised in Brunei and with the largest prize pool to date,” said Hawaii Yee of Brugames during a press conference at D’Sunlit yesterday.

“The venue is much bigger now compared to ICC last year, and we also have the matches live-streamed so we get a good balance of spectators at BRIDEX and at home,” he added.

Visitors walk outside the BRIDEX Hall in Jerudong. The TechXpo Cybergames Tournament 2019 will be held at BRIDEX Hall 2 for four days starting August 29.

Yee said more than 500 people have already signed up to compete in the games, including from Sabah and Sarawak.

He also said that for the first time, the newly-registered Esports Association of Brunei will keep track of the top players’ scores – data which will be used for future international participation.

The assocation was formalised in April.

Raising the profile of esports

IFB Chairman Sheikh Hj Abbas Sheikh Mohamad said that the TechXpo aims to keep esports as a banner event due to its popularity globally.

Sheikh Hj Abbas said esports has really exploded in the last few years with many players around world winning millions of dollars from competing.

He gave an example of a recent event whereby a professional Fortnite player, Bugha, won US$3 million at the Fortnite World Cup in New York.

Hjh Safrina PD Hj Abd Rahman (2nd R), DST’s Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing, and D’Sunlit Sales Manager Mike Chia (L) exchanging contracts yesterday, in the presence of IFB Chairman Sheikh Hj Abas Sheikh Mohamad (2nd L). DST is the event title sponsor for the TechXpo Cybergames Tournament 2019.

“Esports is an area with significant growth potential, and the government has also pledged their support,” the chairman added.

He also praised cybercafe Sigma Cyberspace for playing a crucial role in promoting esports among the youth by hosting several tournaments over the years.

In a statement, DST said the $17,000 prize pool contribution is part of the company’s effort to support the local gaming community and growth of esports in Brunei.

The telco will also be showcasing its mobile and broadband plans during the TechXpo, as well as business opportunities for technology startups and individuals either as a content partner or a reseller.

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