The cheers of the supporters echoed from Studio B, Faculty Of Business building Wednesday midnight as the team Snowy The Retriever(STR) beat Team Zap Rice (TZR) in the MMU Game Plan Interschool Cyber Challenge.
About 70 supporters were in the studio for the finale. This tournament was held at CLC Concourse of MMU Melaka for a period of 5 days from Saturday 30th July till Wednesday 3rd August. 133 of MMU students took part in this tournament, with each team consisting of 5 to 7 members and the registrations were free for MMU students.
The team STR along with the 1st and 2nd runner-ups from the tournament will be going to participate against the teams of other universities in an upcoming tournament which is going to held on 22nd and 23rd of October at TARUC (Tunku Abdul Rahman Collage University).
How and why the MMU e-Games Club came up with this idea, the president of the club, Alex Chong, when interviewed mentioned that seems most of today’s youngsters and majority of MMU students love to play the online game called ‘Dota 2’ hence, why they chose this game for their competition.
E-games is a fast growing field and is relatively still new in Malaysia. Due to its wide opportunities, now the e-games is slowly being acknowledged in Malaysia through a government organization called as e-Sport. This event is one of MMU e-Games Club's effort to promote the games and with the aim to popularize it for national events by upgrading in every aspect.
According to Alex, I got to know that the rewards for this e-games competition is a large amount of cash prize and it may go as big as millions and millions of USD in international level and the audience and supporter base year by year is rising-up.
Alex also mentioned that there is one Malaysian team in the International e-Games League name Fnatic.Dota2, who is currently in 7th place in world ranking and they did reach the 1st place once in the International Ranking and Alex also stressed and highlighted that one of the members of Fnatic.Dota2 is our own MMU student itself and currently he is with his team now in Seattle, America to compete in ‘The International 6’.
The president also thanked the sponsors and the organizers for this event which is MSI, a Taiwananese big gaming company which is very popular in Malaysia currently and also Genesys, a really famous company for supporting e-sports (electronic gaming), especially bringing the very new device for VR (virtual reality) Game, HTC Vive, for the experience of the students throughout the event for 5 days and also thanked the the sponsor’s exhibition of every gaming products such as laptops, keyboards, headphones and all the devices that were specially designed just for the gaming world.
He also thanked Pia and Jimmy, MSI representatives and the owner of Genesys, Justin, for their willingness to travel all the way from KL to MMU Melaka just to attend the prize giving ceremony of the MMU Game Plan Interschool Cyber Challenge.
The club is looking forward to new committees and they are willingly welcoming those who are eager to learn more or start off as a beginner in the e-Games.