The Malaysia Cyber Games was held over the weekend at Stadium Negara. The event saw the battle of teams fighting for a total prize pool of RM300,000 for various gaming tournaments. Other than recruiting Malaysia’s very own Dota 2 team, Team Taring, there were also other tournaments like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Street Fighter IV being held at the Malaysia Cyber Games.
The first day was catered for FIFA 16 and CS:GO tournaments which were held outside of the stadium. Despite having the FIFA 16 and CS:GO tournaments under tents, the size of the audience present on day one were quite encouraging to say the least. There were plenty of gamers seen with their equipments walking around the stadium too.
On Saturday, the indoor arena of Stadium Negara was opened to accommodate the Dota 2 tournament. Special appearances were made by Eri Neeman – Filipino comedian – to host the Dota 2 tournament. Besides that, Team Secret made their first appearance on the second day to be interviewed by Eri Neeman in front of Dota 2 fans inside Stadium Negara. In addition to that, fans also had the opportunity to have a meet and greet session with Team Secret along with an autograph session. Mushi was there as well to show support for the Malaysia Cyber Games.
The third day saw the finals of all tournaments in the Malaysia Cyber Games. Prior to that, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin, came to visit the ongoing tournaments and activities before having to leave early for other matters. Surprisingly, Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was also there to witness the Dota 2 finals. Additionally, the Minister of Information and Communications of Malaysia, Datuk Salleh Said Keruak, was also present to accompany the Prime Minister.
Throughout the three-day event, there were plenty of food trucks and merchants selling food as well as beverages. Before entering the main arena, visitors were greeted with exhibition booths. Multimedia University (MMU), TM and E-Club Secret Shop were part of the many companies which set up exhibitions for the Malaysia Cyber Games. The organisers of the tournament picked an ideal spot to host their tournament because of the availability of public transport (Hang Tuah LRT/Monorail). Interestingly, Malaysia Cyber Games was recognised by the Malaysian Book of Records for the most participants in a Dota 2 tournament.
The finals saw team MVP Karnal taking home RM30,000 for winning the CS:GO tournament while infinte_AmTuah won RM10,000 for emerging as the FIFA 16 champion. Street Fighter IV was won by Humanbomb for a prize of RM10,000 as well. The main event, the Dota 2 finals, was held at the very end and fans witnessed how Team SatuDuaTiga overcame their first game lost against Team Who2Bet with a final 2-1 victory to become Malaysia’s Dota 2 representative as Team Taring. The event wrapped up nicely with a highly anticipated 10 v 10 Dota 2 match between Taring and Team Secret accompanied by 10 lucky fans. There was an after party as well featuring DJ Classick Star.
The Malaysia Cyber Games was organised really well, judging by how smoothly everything went throughout the event. There were no unwanted disruptions that were noticeable and the seating arrangements were planned very well too. Overall, Malaysia Cyber Games was a huge success and it gave Malaysian e-sports fans quite a show.