Gaming prodigies across Borneo will have a chance at testing their mettles against one another in what would be Brunei’s biggest E-sports tournament yet next month.
Dubbed the TechXpo Cybergames Tournament 2018, the four-day event will see E-athletes from Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak compete in seven highly popular computer game titles, with cash prizes totaling at B$15,000 up for grabs by winners of each games.
The tourney will be held alongside TechXpo, the country’s premier technology fair organised by DSunlit and the Infocom Federation Brunei (IFB), and with Progresif as its premium sponsor, which will be held from August 16 until 20 at the International Convention Centre (ICC).
Gavin Chai, D’Sunlit’s Business Development Manager, and Hawaii Yee, a member of the gaming event’s organising committee, said that the upcoming tourney is an opportunity to revitalise the local E-sports scene.
The gaming scene in Brunei is currently going through a resurgence, they said, following a three-year hiatus. The last major tournament held in Brunei was during the 2015 TechXpo.
Yee said that the gaming industry has a huge potential in attracting international investments as well as open up career and business opportunities for gamers.
“We hope that this event could encourage the government to tap into this sector as it could definitely help the country diversify its economy,” said Yee, who is also the manager of the country’s gaming elite Goodfellas.
E-sports is big business overseas, they said, with large corporations recruiting the top e-Athletes to endorse their brand, while others get hired in video game development.
“In other countries, gamers who are established can be paid up to US$10,000 just to play games,” Chai added.
Chai and Yee said that Brunei has a large pool of gaming talents who are just itching to compete. Team Goodfellas, for instance, has been actively competing in the region, most recently at the MSI Grand League in Kuala Lumpur.
The TechXpo Cybergames Tournament 2018 is co-managed by D’Sunlit and local cybercafe Sigma Cyberspace, with PC retailers Concepts Computer and Netcom Computer House providing logistics support.
The games to be featured during the tourney include Counterstrike: Global Offense (CS:GO), League of Legends, Tekken 7, Mobile Legends and Rules of Survival.
Registration is now open for interested teams.
For further enquiries, interested parties can contact the event managers directly; D’Sunlit at 2453666 and Sigma Cyberspace at its Instagram account.