Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman flew to Singapore last weekend for a work visit. During the 2-day work visit, he met with Singaporean’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and Minister of State to focus on the prospect of esports and youth employment in Malaysia. Syed Saddiq said he is commited to make Malaysia to be “Esports Hub of ASEAN”
Through his official Twitter account, he further detailed out his work visit itineraries by meeting up with key people in the esports industry and Singaporean youth development, including world’s esports company ESL Asia, a visit to Singapore Sports Hub, and also spent some time supporting our own KL Hunters who became the champion for the first Hyperplay ASEAN League of Legends Champions.
Moreover, Syed Saddiq revealed that he held a meeting with co-founder and CEO of leading gaming tech company Razer over the weekend about creating job opportunities particularly in the esports field. In the 2-hour meeting, Razer stated that they are looking into the possibilities to build Digital Entertainment City in Malaysia in cooperation with Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
“If all goes to plan, our country will be among the first to build a Digital Entertainment City in Southeast Asia region. The potential investment is generated to be more than RM4 billion. Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) will aid in developing first-ever Malaysia esports arena,” said Syed Saddiq in his recent Facebook post.
Looking into ample opportunities, our youngest minister believes esports is “the present and future” as esports can create more job opportunities for Malaysians in areas such as the digital industry, game development, ecommerce, virtual reality tech and artificial intelligence. As for location, he suggested to build the city at Muar in partnership with Razer.
In a way, investment from private companies such as Razer would channel into high impact jobs for Malaysians. Syed Saddiq said there will be lots of discussions to be conducted with digital business partners to offer more job opportunities especially for Malaysian youths.
Likewise, Razer’s CEO Tan has had open discussions with various countries across Southeast Asia regarding the Digital Entertainment City. He mentioned via Facebook that “Malaysia is definitely one of the places we are looking at together with MDEC given the number of youth and gamers in the country!”
In case you didn’t know, Malaysia holds the number #21 spot in the world’s gaming revenue with a total of USD$674 million according to Newzoo’s report. It goes without saying to see that our Youth and Sports Minister is doing his best to tap into the multi-billion video games industry to provide more career opportunities in esports or game development industry in Malaysia.
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