If you are an avid follower of the local eSports scene, it’s fairly obvious that we have world class talents, but almost all of them are plying their trade in Dota 2. The other MOBA title that you most probably will play if you dislike the former, League of Legends (LoL) featured a top local team as well, the Kuala Lumpur Hunters (KLH). While their recent achievements were mostly in the local and regional scene, they are now ready to make the next big step in getting international recognition.
It takes a huge effort to do so, and Digi is offering their help by partnering with KLH, as announced by the eSports team yesterday in an official press conference. The telco company will be joining KLH’s long-standing sponsor Logitech, who have been supplying them with the best of the best gaming peripherals in a bid to boost their performances.
One of the major programs in their training calendar is a month-long boot camp in South Korea, a country which is known for having some of the best players in LoL’s current professional scene. This will give KLH the perfect opportunity to up their game before redirecting their focus in qualifying for the League of Legends World Championships 2017, the most prestigious tournament for the popular MOBA title.
“We are delighted to be partners with local gaming champions Kuala Lumpur Hunters and look forward to working towards our shared goal of positioning Malaysia as a powerhouse in Southeast Asian eSports,” said Mohd Muhaymin, Head of Activation & Sponsorship from Digi. “The boot camp in Korea is a fantastic opportunity for each player to train and develop their specialties, as well as for the team to build better group dynamics and coordination in the game.”
On top of the integral partnerships, KLH’s chance in making a name for themselves on the international scene is also boosted by the return of team captain, Poon 'OzoraVeki' Kok Sing. He was previously playing abroad with the Hong Kong ESports (HKES) team in the League Master Series (LMS) in Taiwan, which renders his experience very helpful in building KLH’s gaming skillsets. “The opportunity to compete in another region has made me realize that League of Legends is more than just a game for me. It is something that I grew up with, and knowing that I am capable of making a difference in the Malaysian League of Legends eSports scene and helping it grow is what makes it worth fighting for,” he said.
And of course, branding plays a big role as well in uplifting an eSports team’s status, and KLH will be doing just that by introducing official merchandises and live-streamers to bridge the connection between them and their followers. Here’s hoping we’ll hear more stories of their success in the future.