1.What are the biggest challenges when handling an esports event?
The biggest challenge in handling event is the main idea on how to make an event interesting with the appropriate marketing plan. However, money is still the main factor into what can improve the entertainment at the event.
2.Why do you think many of our local events are often subpar or underperforming?
Speaking from experience, the main factor is the lack of experience by the host organizer. Esports is growing fast and many people want to try and do esports without actually doing the required research. It’s not as easy as one might think. In fact, organizing a concert is much easier when compared to an esports event. After all that is done, it's all about the issue of capital/funds available. Some organizers put a priority on making profits and when they realize esports does not provide them with their forecasted profits, the first cost cutting measure they implement is to sacrifice quality. For example, the usage of inexperienced production crew, lower grade PC facilities and bad IT networking setup which all results in the corrosion of the event itself.
3.What can be done to help improve our local event organizers?
Don’t organize an esports event, if you do not know what you are getting into. Start with small events and grow from there. We have seen an organizer who fails hard like Fallout Gaming when leap head first into organizing Major All Stars as their debut event. They had since learned their lesson and now they are organizing smaller events in order to gain experience. So my advice to any new organizers is to start small and get to know the scene before starting something big because if you fail the community, the community will chastise you.
4.How can the local event organizers appeal to our local market?
Quality!! I have seen many events in Malaysia that are organized with subpar quality in terms of production and set-up. This gives a bad impression of the Malaysian esports scene to the market influencers. The big companies are reluctant to spend money if they are presented with underperforming events within the local esports market. We need more organizers to actually start investing in quality instead of profit as their long term plan. Without the success of Selangor Cyber Games, Malaysia Cyber Games, and ESL One Genting, many big companies in Malaysia won't even give you a second thought.
5.Regarding recent events on the issue of prize money not being paid and such, is there a better way to approach prize giving?
AGES and a selected few tournaments that had prizing issue creates an eye sore to our local esports scene. There is no perfect solution for this as the esports industry has no regulatory board and it's so different from the traditional sports scene where associations have 100% control and rules that can be enforced. Esports usually owned by the game's developer and only they can regulate this issue properly. Let's take Blizzard as a case study, all big tournaments must have a licensed endorsed by Blizzard or the tournament will be blocked/taken down by Blizzard. We can see how Heroes of The Storm, Overwatch and Hearthstone has no issue when it comes to presenting the prize money to its winning participants, even when the event is done by third party companies. The best precaution for players who are cautious about joining events is to do some research into whether the event organizer is reputable.
6.Besides Mineski events, are there any local esports event that has caught your attention positively?
I don't think I am in any position judge any other events as that would be too biased.