In a rather interesting development for the local e-sports scene, Malaysia has qualified to the 2019 Overwatch World Cup (OWC). The event is scheduled to take place the renowned Blizzard fanfest, BlizzCon this coming November.
As opposed to other World Cups through e-sports and real-life sports which usually involves a series of qualifier matchups, Malaysia qualifies to OWC through community votes. These votes also determined the three-person committee that would be managing the respective national teams.
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— Team Malaysia Overwatch (@malaysiaowwc) June 14, 2019
In other words, the national OWC committee was determined by the local community itself. For Team Malaysia, Kenn “Beagull” Leandre is chosen as the squad’s General Manager alongside Sun “megikari” San, and Jack “RagonSEA” Teoh who are now the national team’s Community Manager and Coach respectively.
For local Overwatch players out there that are looking to be part of Team Malaysia, the registration for player selection is now opened. Do note that there are certain requirements that you need to fulfil though:
While Malaysia might be eligible to compete at this year’s OWC, the team is self-funded though as Blizzard only provides full sponsorship to the top 10 voting countries. Hence, Team Malaysia’s OWC committee has begun looking for sponsorship and urges any parties that are interested to support the team’s effort to get in touch immediately.