Malaysia to host World Electronic Sports Games 2019-2020 Asia Pacific final
By Digital News Asia December 10, 2019
- A total of 61 teams and 260 players from 58 countries will be competing
- Games involved are Dota2, CS:GO, Starcraft 2, and Pro Evolution Soccer
ALIBABA Sports, a subsidiary of China tech giant Alibaba, and Hong Kong’s Esports International Group (EIG) are bringing one of the world's biggest e-sports events, the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2019-2020 Asia Pacific final to Malaysia. The event will run from Jan 3 to 5, 2020 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya.
A total of 61 teams and 260 players from 58 countries will be converging in Malaysia to compete in Dota2, CS:GO, Starcraft 2, and Pro Evolution Soccer, for a share of the event’s US$300,000 (RM1.25million) prize pool, as well as a chance to advance to the WESG Grand Final, held in Chongqing, China in March 2020. The total available prize pool for the entire WESG 2019-2020 season is US$5,500,000 (RM22.86 million).
The APAC Final for WESG is co-organised by EIG, Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), and SBS Events, with support from sponsors ASUS Republic of Gamers and Mayflower. Strategic partners include Asean First Venture, Brand Soul, eGG Network, and Fintechport. The official media partner is Astro and official ticketing platform is Ticket2U.
“Not only are we bringing back the APAC Final this year, it is the first time that we’re hosting this event outside of China, and that is a huge milestone for us,” said Jason Fung, senior director, Global E-sports, Alibaba Sports. “The incredible support from all of our partners made it possible to choose Malaysia as our host country.”
"The e-sports industry in Malaysia is growing rapidly and we are glad to see tremendous support from various industry players for the WESG 2019-2020 Asia Pacific Final. We hope that through this event, we can bring a new level of e-sports competition to Malaysia and help further showcase the development of e-sports potential to the world," said Chris Leung, project director, EIG.
Tickets start from RM10 for a day pass and RM850 for a VIP pass. Tickets go on sale Dec 9, 2019 on the Ticket2U website, https://www.ticket2u.com.my/.
The WESG 2019-2020 Asia Pacific Final will be broadcast live on eGG Network (Astro CH800) from Jan 3 to 5, 2020. Visit https://www.egg.network for a TV schedule. Fans can also catch a live stream of the event on Facebook, Twitch, and on the Chinese live streaming platform Douyu.
“We are thrilled that Malaysia is the host of the APAC Final for WESG 2019-2020. Malaysia has long had an amazing community of fans and gamers that drive the games ecosystem.
“But now this community is matched with the infrastructure, the connectivity and an increasingly agile and versatile talent base making Malaysia uniquely connected to bridge investors to throughout the region.
“Malaysia is truly the heart of digital Asean and we in MDEC fully support these great community initiatives in growing our digital economy and realising our ambition for creating a competitive and inclusive digital content ecosystem,” said Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, vice president of MDEC.
“We’re glad to bring yet another international e-sports tournament to Malaysia thanks to this partnership with Alibaba Sports and EIG. WESG is another big milestone for eGG Network and the e-sports industry, as we work towards making Malaysia an e-sports hub in SEA.
“This three-day event is something all gamers and e-sports fans should look forward to, as this is an opportunity to be in the same room and watch some of the biggest teams and names of CS:GO, Starcraft 2, PES and of course Dota2,” said Lee Choong Khay, chief of sports, eGG Network, Astro.