Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality has on the rise ever since they were introduced to the world, and it is penetrating the esports market as well. Hado, a gaming application using wearable devices paired with AR technology made its debut in Malaysia in conjunction with the Hado Malaysia Tournament 2017.
Hado is developed by Japanese AR pioneers Meleap Inc., and the brand has quickly garnered interest across the globe from the United States, Europe, and the ASEAN Region. There are currently four different game modes in Hado- Player vs Player, Hado Monster Battle, and Hado Shoot!, and Hado Kart. The game that was featured during the Hado Malaysia Tournament is the Player vs Player game mode. 3 players on each side can use different gestures that will trigger an action in game. For example, pushing your hand forward shoots an energy ball to your opponents, raising your hand over your head will activate a shield to block off opponent's energy balls, raising your hand and hold it there to recharge energy, and more. Each round lasts for 80 seconds and the team that scores the most points will win.
During the Hado Malaysia 2017 tournament which was held at The Rift, Mid Valley on 11 November, Team Hyper Strikers which consists of three close friends- Mohamed Ariffin bin Mohamed Jainudeen, Rahmat Rinaldo bin Ramli, and Mohamad Izzat bin Wahid were crowned as the inaugural champions. Besides the cash prize of RM2,100, the team will also represent Malaysia in the Hado World Cup 2017, which is scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan on 3 December 2017.
For people who are interested in trying out Hado, you can head over to I-Sports at Summit USJ, Subang Jaya and play the game at RM2.50 per game. Hado will also be available at The Rift, Mid Valley Megamall once it is open for business on December 2017.