HotShotz qualifier was ‘gempak’ at IIUM

  • With 25 PS4 consoles, 30 Acer gaming machines, largest eSports event
  • Top 3 winners from 6 games move to finals during HotShotz eGames Festival in July

HotShotz qualifier was ‘gempak’ at IIUM

ONE player described the second university qualifier of DNA’s HotShotz eGames Festival as being ‘gempak’ which is a colloquil Bahasa Malaysia term for awesome. A sponsor later echoed this as well, as DNA partnered with the eSports Club of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) to bring the eSports component of HotShotz to the expansive Kuala Lumpur campus of IIUM.

And in bringing the eSports qualifiers there, we also set a record as Abdul Hafiz Hamid, secretary of the IIUM E-Sports Club told me, “This is the largest eSport event we have had at IIUM.”


With 25 PS4 consoles and 30 Acer gaming machines and around 200 gamers and fans crammed into the large computer science lab, it proved for a boisterous and bustling scene. As at University Malaya the weekend before, gamers who won their way through the May 1st online qualifers, competed hard to be among the top three winners in their respective games and qualify for the finals which will be held during the HotShotz eGames Festival from July 22-23 to be hosted by KDU University College at its main campus at Glenmarie, Shah Alam.  

The six games that gamers were battling it out amongst themselves were:

PES 2017 (Winning Eleven); COD:IW; Street Fighter 7; Overwatch; CS:GO and Dota2.

Aside from the eSports component, HotShotz, as an eGames festival, consists of:

  • Games publishers showcase
  • PC Modding
  • Indie Games Showcase
  • Cosplay competition
  • PC Modding

The broad scope of HotShotz is in keeping with DNA’s own tagline: “Your Eye On The Tech Ecosystem” and in DNA’s interest to help the development of eGames in Malaysia.

Media partner, Astro, with its highly popular eGG network, which has a presence in five countries is anticipating an exciting festival.

"Our eGG Network takes pride in championing eSports in Asean. We are excited to be a part of HotShotz and hope that by supporting such gaming events the eGG Network can further grow the eSports scene in Malaysia and the region," says its vice president, sports business content group, CK Lee.

Meeanwhile, the action moves on to the spanking new world class campus of Asia Pacific University in Kuala Lumpur. As the host for the next qualifying rounds on May 13, APIIT Education Group CEO Dr Parmjit Singh says, “Having launched the pioneer eSports Malaysia Academy this year that aims to prepare students for future careers in the eSports and gaming industry​, we see a natural synergy with DNA's exciting eGames festival, HotShotz, which covers a broad scope of events, such as introducing indie games developers, having a PC modding competition and a publishers showcase with some of the hottest games in Malaysia."

At APU, Digi will again be offering an irresistible give-away, so do register for the games if you wish to compete or drop by between 11am to 6pm to check out the action and play some games at the free-to-play zone.

See you at APU on Sat! You can get more information on HotShotz at or on Facebook.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch (SIES), Acer, through its gaming machine brand, Predator and Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) are sponsors of HotShotz with Astro as the Media Partner.


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