Tony Fernandes Sets His Sights on Taking the eSports World by Storm

By Dale Bashir on Sep 15, 2017

Airasia CEO and and Queens Park Rangers football club owner, Tony Fernandes is keen on making his new eSports team, the AirAsia Allstars eSports Club, a major force to be reckoned with in major tournaments of DOTA 2, FIFA and many more to come. The team, consisting of AirAsia employees, made their seminal debut as a professional eSports team during the Selangor Cyber Games last month. They only made it into Round 2 of the DOTA 2 tournament but are nonetheless happy to hone their skills and challenge other teams in a few upcoming tournaments.

This is not AirAsia's first foray into the world of eSports or gaming, as they are usually an official sponsor for such events. AirAsia having their own team to compete is new and is a testament to how major companies are looking into eSports as a valid place to invest their money in to. This is a huge leap for eSports and hopefully, other major companies will follow suit.

The AirAsia Allstars Esports Club is also holding their own internal DOTA 2 tournament taking place this Saturday at Mineski Platinum, Platinum Walk in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. They have 8 DOTA teams competing in this internal tournament and hope that the success of this pilot project will lead to tournaments of other popular competitive games. A professional team backed up by a major company can provide quite a shake up to the overall eSports community, with Tony Fernandes being the business trendsetter that he is, who knows what the future holds for the teams in Malaysia. For now, only time will tell.

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