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eSport dicadangkan untuk jadi acara pingat di Sukan Olimpik Paris 2024

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Berita baik buat semua peminat e-sports.

Mungkin selepas ini semua peminat e-sports di Malaysia boleh mula berlatih dan mensasarkan untuk mewakili Malaysia dan membantu Malaysia memenangi pingat emas Sukan Olimpik yang pertama.

Presiden bersama Jawatankuasa bidaan Olimpik Paris, Tony Estanguet telah mengesahkan bahawa dia akan berbincang dengan Jawatankuasa Olimpik Antarabangsa dan wakil eSports berkenaan penyertaan eSports dalam Sukan Olimpik di Perancis tujuh tahun lagi.

Mungkinkah permainan seperti DOTA akan dipertandingkan di Sukan Olimpik? Photo credit: q13Fox.com

Tony Estanguet dalam satu wawancara bersama Associated Press berkata: “Kita perlu melihatnya kerana kita tidak boleh berkata, ‘Ini bukan kita. Ini bukan kerana Olimpik’.

“Semua remaja sukakan eSport dan perkara sebegini. Mari kita lihat perkara ini. Mari kita bertemu mereka. Mari kita cari penghubungnya.

“Saya tidak mahu kata ‘tidak’ dari awal. Saya rasa ianya menarik untuk berhubung bersama IOC, dengan mereka, dengan keluarga eSport, untuk lebih memahami apa prosesnya dan kenapa ianya cukup berjaya.”

Pada bulan April lalu, Jawatankuasa Olimpik Asia (OCA) telah mengumumkan bahawa eSport akan menjadi acara pingat di Sukan Asia 2022 yang akan berlangsung di China.

Jadi, tunggu apa lagi penggemar eSport di Malaysia? Dah tiba masa untuk anda semua mengasah bakat dan berlatih. Siapa tahu anda mungkin pemenang pingat emas Olimpik pertama Malaysia yang sudah lama kita cari?

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Four-time Dota major winners “OG” join the Red Bull family

Four-time Dota major winners “OG” join the Red Bull family

Since their breakthrough at the Frankfurt Majors in late 2015, they have continued to build their status as legends of the game.

OG is made up of a solid line-up – comprising the likes of Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, Anathan “ana” Pham, Gustav “s4” Magnusson, Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, and captain – Tal “Fly” Aizik.

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Singapore’s Team Flash signs Malaysia’s top FIFA players, RippedJean & J0K3R

In efforts to build a dream team, Team Flash has announced the signing of two top FIFA players from Malaysia, Darren ‘RippedJean’ Gan and Aaron ‘J0k3r’ Gomez.

Both ‘RippedJean’ and ‘J0k3r’ have inked a one-year contract with Team Flash, starting July 2017.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Malaysia’s best talent to our organization – we have been keeping tabs on the FIFA scene in Malaysia and it was finally the right time to move in. RippedJean and J0k3r are a crucial part of our expansion plans.” said Terence Ting, founder of Team Flash.

“We believe FIFA will be the e-sport to watch next year, especially with EA stepping up support for the game on a global level. Investing in J0k3r and RippedJean makes sense for everyone long-term.”

Terence Ting also added that they hope to groom J0k3r and RippedJean into true stars to represent both Malaysia and Team Flash at an international level.

RippedJean and J0K3R will be making their Team Flash debut later this month at the EA Champions Cup Summer 2017 in Guangzhou, China.

The tournament will take place on 21st to 23rd July at the Poly World Trade Center Expo, and will have over 10 participating countries, to compete for a prize pool of over US$329,000 (RM1.4 million).

J0K3R, who will also be co-captaining the team in China, said that he is honoured be a part of Team Flash, which already a powerhouse in e-sports since 2010.

“I have been waiting for an opportunity like this to step up my game as a player and person. Together with Team Flash, it’s just a matter of time until we become the best team in Southeast Asia.”

Team Flash is now Wen Jun ‘hibidi’ Chiang, Darren ‘RippedJean’ Gan and Aaron ‘J0k3r’ Gomez.

 

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From college football to FIFA Online overlord – ‘Hibidi’ talks about his obsession with gold medals

27-year-old Singaporean Wen Jun ‘hibidi’ Chiang naturally started playing FIFA because of his undying love for football. What started out as a casual, fun, gaming session with friends, turned into a serious pursuit and he started kicking a**.

Wen Jun is now one of the biggest names in Singapore’s e-sports scene. Actually scratch that, he’s one of the biggest names in all of Asia. He is reigning supreme in the field, his flair for the game fuelled by his love for the sport.

A corporate banker by day, and FIFA online superhero by night, Wen Jun has always known that he wanted to be a world champion in FIFA, even as a kid. Thankfully, his parents were okay with him devoting all his time and energy in the virtual world – as long as his grades were alright. And they were.

A Gunner at heart, he makes sure he and his teammates do not settle for anything less than the first place whenever they compete in any tournament. Now, if only his favourite team adopted the same modus operandi.

Now making waves all over Asia with his squad, Team Flash, they recently finished third at the FIFA Online 3: EA Champions Cup Winter 2016, beating out other top notch, international teams.

We recently caught up with the busy but hair-on-fleek lad to learn more about the story behind his passion for the game, his journey with Team Flash, and his obsession for gold medals (maybe it’s just a Singaporean thing).

Wen Jun, tell us, how did you get sucked into the world of FIFA? 

I started watching football when I was 8, and played for the junior college football team when I was 18. Football has always been my number 1 priority in life, so it was only natural for me to enter Fifa.

When did you decide to play pro? Was there a moment of enlightenment? 

When I was beating my friends by large margins and realized I had a natural aptitude for the game. I was about 20 years old then.

Congratulations on winning third place in the FIFA Online 3: EA Champions Cup Winter 2016. How does it feel to beat so many international teams to emerge in the top 3? 

It was a significant achievement for Singapore eSports but third place feels like a personal defeat. My focus has always been that gold medal.

Why is that gold medal so important to you? You guys won anyway. 

3rd place isn’t a “win” to us. Only winning matters, and to us that’s placing first.

You were with Team Impunity when you won last year, where you were also team captain. But now you have moved to Team Flash. What caused the change? How are you getting along with your new teammates? 

Flash was where I started my FIFA career at, so despite all that was achieved with Impunity, it was right for me to come back after things ended so abruptly in 2014. I’ve been too busy to meet my teammates from the LOL division, but I hear they’re good blokes.

Tell us what goes on behind the scenes. How long do you guys practice every day? 

I practice for about an hour on alternate nights. I try not to play too much to prevent burnout.

Is there a lot of tension and drama backstage, especially after a tournament? 

My opponents stress out and think of what they’re going to do in game, and you can feel their nervous energy. All I care about backstage is making sure my makeup crew gets my face on fleek, and my hair lit.

What is the goal for Team Flash this year? What’s coming up in the next few months? 

5 words: gold medals wherever we go.

How has the support been from the Singapore fans?

The fans have been absolutely phenomenal. I now call myself the king because they make me feel like the king. It’s not just the Singaporean fans. It’s the Malaysian fans, the Thai fans, the Indonesian fans, the Vietnamese fans. I am the biggest name in the game right now in Asia, and it’s all thanks to them. I will never forget that the fans are the ones who have put me where I am today.

Any pre-game habits or rituals? Good luck charms? 

I feel that rituals are the stuff of weak men. Rituals show me that you are insecure and lack confidence in your abilities.

Which team is your toughest competitor at the moment?

On my day, I can beat anyone. It does not matter what my opponents do. You can be a better dribbler, you can be a better crosser, and you can even be a better all round player. But I will always have an answer.

Last question. Why Arsenal? How are you coping with the season? 

Actually. I’ve given up on Arsenal. There’s no point to them anymore.

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E-Sports akan jadi acara sukan yang dipertandingkan di Sukan Asia 2022

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Siapa sangka dahulu hanya sekadar permainan untuk mengisi masa lapang akan menjadi satu sukan yang serius? Kini berita baik lagi untuk penggemar e-sports, kerana ia akan menjadi satu sukan yang dipertandingkan di kejohanan sukan dan diberi pingat!

Menurut laporan BBC, E-Sports akan disenaraikan sebagai salah satu acara sukan rasmi di Sukan Asia 2022 di Hangzhou, China.

Akan bermula tahun ini

Majlis Olimpik Asia (OCA) berkata bahawa mereka mahu ia menggambarkan “ perkembangan pantas dan populariti penyertaan sukan baru.”

Permainan video secara kompetitif akan turut disertakan sebagai satu sukan pertunjukan di Sukan Asia 2018 yang bakal berlangsung di Jakarta, Indonesia nanti.

Sebagai permulaan, e-sports akan diperkenal di Sukan Dalam Dewan Asia dan Seni Bela Diri (AIMAG) di Turkmenistan pada tahun ini.

Selain FIFA 2017, pemain adi AIMAG akan bersaing dalam permainan bergenre MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battel Arena) dan RTA (Real Time Attack).

Keputusan ini diambil ekoran kerjasama Alisports, bahagian sukan gergasi e-perdagangan dunia, Alibaba dan Majlis Olimpik Asia (OCA).

Hadiah wang

E-Sports setakat 2016 telah berjaya mengumpul keuntungan sebanyak 493 juta USD dengan penyertaan seramai 320 juta orang di seluruh dunia.

Keuntungan e-sports dijangka akan meningkat ke 696 juta YSD dengan 15% dari peningkatan itu dijangka hasil daripada China sahaja, menurut penganalisis e-sport, Newzoo.

Pasukan yang menjuarai kejohanan e-sport terbesar dunia, Kejohanan Dunia League of Legends, merangkul hadiah wang tunai berjumlah 1 juta USD pada tahun lalu.

Ketika jutaan penonton menyaksikan perlawan tersebut secara online, kejohanan tersebut berlangsung di hadapan puluhan ribu penonton yang meminati e-sports.

Pada tahun 2014, lebih 40,000 orang hadir untuk menyaksikan dan menyokong pasukan kegemaran mereka di peringkat akhir Kejohanan Dunia League of Legends ketika ia diadakan di Seoul, Korea Selatan.

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Faceless, TNC book Kiev Major spot after getting through SEA qualifiers

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Onwards To Kiev 

Team Faceless and TNC Pro Team advanced through the main event for the Kiev Majors following a grueling main Southeast Asia (SEA) qualifying tournament.

It was cruel for Mineski though as they were beaten by both winners of the qualifiers in both the Winners and Losers Finals 1-2.

Faceless had to come from behind a set down to win the Winners’ Finals to book their ticket for Kiev, using an aggressive all-or-nothing approach that caught Mineski off-guard. The approach paid off in the final set and Singapore-based Faceless became the first SEA team to qualify.

In the Losers’ bracket, the Kiev Majors will see a team from Philippines in action as three of the top 4 teams came from the country. It was only a matter of who will represent them. TNC became that team after coming back a set down to defeat Clutch Gaming in Round 1 of losers.

They then followed that up in the Losers’ Finals. After winning the first round unconvincingly with both sides having chances to take the set, Mineski came back strong in another end-to-end round and forced the match to a third game.

But Mineski will rue not taking their chances in the first round as TNC performed when it mattered the most, taking the third game and booked the second ticket for the Kiev Majors.

For one Mineski player, it was devastating considering how many chances Mineski have to qualify and how close they were to do so in this qualifying competition.

The ‘Meracle’ That Never Was

Singaporean, Galvin ‘Meracle’ Kang has never qualified for a major international tournament, especially in DOTA 2.

Joining Philippines-based Mineski last year after completing national service, it took some time for Meracle to get his groove back.

It was thought he finally get a chance to shine in an international tournament, only for fate to have other ideas as Mineski somehow blew both chances to qualify for the Kiev Major. Now Meracle has to wait for the next international tournament and in the meantime, reflect on what has gone wrong along with his teammates.

An Interesting Note

One team in the Main SEA Qualifiers, Prestige World Wide, was one of three teams to have to go through an extra qualifying tournament in order to compete in the main qualifiers. But they did so in bizarre fashion.

Why? They were the only team that registered in the SEA Champions Qualifiers and therefore, automatically qualified without playing a game, compared to Team Bazaar and Team Bazaar.Youth having to go through many opponents in the Open SEA Qualifier #1 & #2 respectively.

However, Prestige lost all their nine group stage matches, giving them a taste of the ruthless competition.

How About The Malaysian Teams?

Both Bazaar teams and Geek Fam were the Malaysian representatives in the Main Qualifiers.

Unfortunately, all three teams failed to qualify for the top four with Team Bazaar coming the closest, just finishing in fifth where their defeat to Mineski on day 2 prove costly as the latter finished the group stages with a 6-3 record in fourth while Bazaar had a 5-4 record.

The Kiev Major will be held from 27-30 April in the National Palace of Arts.

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Malaysian team clinches Top 16 finish in prestigious Call of Duty tournament

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Malaysian team, MYCG Rampage Gaming was able to get themselves as one of the best 16 teams in the Sydney Open 1, a tournament part of the Call of Duty World League held in Sydney, Australia last weekend.

How Did They Do It? 

Rampage Gaming qualified for the Sydney Open 1 after finishing as runners-up in the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare Asia Championships in Seoul on January, losing in the finals to Singapore’s UnVeil NoVa.

Because of their performance, they directly qualify into the Pools of the Sydney Open 1 where they finished 3rd in Pool C. In which as a result, knocked them down to the Losers Bracket Round 2 where they were eliminated by AES ANZ, 1-3 and finished in the top 16 teams.

Who is MYCG Rampage Gaming?

Rampage Gaming, managed by Megat Danish Izmee, consists of four members: Abdul Hakim Tajudin (RanGer), Muhamad Syawal Saini (Bloo), Muhamad Azim Azhar (Greys) and Muhammad Amirul Hakim (Skywhite).

Rampage Gaming seen a number of roster changes last year with all four of the members leaving after the team was acquired by SnK eSports in early 2016, but they rejoined two months later.

However, Skywhite left the team again around July with Khaleef Irfan (Imperium) taking his place and joned the team on August. Imperium then left on December 2016 with Skywhite rejoining once again.

Comments Surrounding Rampage Gaming’s Achievement 

Megat sees Rampage Gaming’s top 16 finish as a huge achievement considering the amount of competition that was in the tournament.

“This success has got MYCG Rampage Gaming to become second best in Asia right behind UnVeil NoVa from Singapore,” said Megat in a statement.

The Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of Activision Asia Pacific, Mark Aubrey was impressed with Rampage Gaming’s achievement.

“This first participation of this Malaysian team in the Call of Duty league at an international level showed that Malaysian players have boosted their position and capable to compete among the best professional players in the world of eSports,” said Aubrey.

However, Rampage Gaming’s Abdul Hakim feels they need help and support from government agencies such as the Youth & Sports Ministry in order to raise the name of Malaysia.

“The eSports scene such as Call of Duty is now a trend and favorite to the young generation and is now capable to increase income to those who immersed themselves in eSports now,” Hakim said to Sinar Harian.

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VIDEO: Usain Bolt stars in new Pokemon advert!

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Japan has their fair share of world celebrities staring in their crazy adverts such as Tommy Lee Jones and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, you can add Usain Bolt into that list.

The Pokemon Japanese Youtube account has added a video of the adverts about the latest instalment, Pokemon Sun & Moon, that starred the world’s fastest man who is dressed in the villainous Team Skull’s clothes.

Have a look here for yourself.

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#Pokemon: Youtuber Dan ‘aDrive’ Clap defeated a reigning world champion

Youtuber, Dan ‘aDrive’ Clap, recently stunned the competitive Pokemon scene by beating 2016 Pokemon Video Game Championships (VGC) champion, Wolfe Glick on Saturday.

What is the ONOG Pokemon Invitational? 

The ONOG Pokemon Invitational is a tournament collaborated by GEICO and OneNationOfGamers (ONOG), where they invited the best players in VGC to compete to celebrate the resurgence of Pokemon. This tournament is one of the few competitions that is not sponsored by the Pokemon Company itself.

Group matches play in a best-of-3 under double-elimination rules and the top 4 final matches would be played in a best-of-5 and under single-elimination rules.

What is Pokemon VGC?

VGC is seen as the competitive version of Pokemon. In VGC, the format is in doubles where players sent out two Pokemon to start with instead of one the general players are used to seeing and play.

Players would select four Pokemon out of six to battle with two starting and two at the back. The winner is the one to KO all four of their opponent’s Pokemon first. Players would qualify for the World Championships by earning enough Championship Points (CP) depending on where the region that they are located.

Who is aDrive and why was he invited despite having almost no VGC competitive experience?

aDrive is a Youtuber known for his love of Bug-type Pokemon, hunting alternate color palettes of Pokemon known as ‘Shiny Pokemon’ and mostly playing under Singles (one-on-one) format leagues organized by other Youtubers.

He is one of the most well-liked Youtubers among Pokemon fans. aDrive recently got into the VGC scene as he will compete in his first ever Regionals (The third biggest tournament behind Nationals/Internationals and Worlds) at his hometown in St. Louis, Missouri. 

According to Kotaku, tournament organizer Kevin Dong said aDrive was invited in order to close the gap between the general Pokemon community and the VGC scene. The thinking behind this was that some of aDrive’s fans would see VGC for the first time and hope to get them interested in the competitive scene.

However, there were some in the competitive community questioned aDrive’s invitation considering that the seven other competitors have strong VGC credentials.

How did aDrive defeat the defending world champion? 

aDrive first had to go through his good friend and mentor, defending VGC champion Wolfe Glick in his first match of Group A. However, aDrive lost the first round thanks to Wolfe making smart plays that threw aDrive off.

However, aDrive bounced back in the second match, making accurate predictions of what Wolfe was going to do in order to get momentum back by taking out Wolfe’s Exeggutor that he found troublesome to his team.

On the third match, aDrive’s two lead Pokemons put Wolfe in a disadvantage and a lot of switching ensued within the first two turns by both players. aDrive again made a good play by getting both of his Pokemon to attack and KO another one of Wolfe’s bulky Pokemon, Tapu Fini and around two turns later, took out Wolfe’s most offensive threat, Kartana that had left the 2016 champion in a difficult position and proceeded to knock him down to the losers’ bracket.

aDrive’s continuing run 

aDrive had to face former US Nationals Champion Aaron ‘Cybertron’ Zheng who himself is also a Youtuber and surely Aaron could do something that Wolfe couldn’t? Well, not exactly. aDrive once again shocked everyone by defeating Cybertron 2-1, outplaying him along with luck on his side as he emerged the Group A winner that had left Pokemon fans in shock.

However, all good things had come to an end when he was eliminated in the top 4 by eventual tournament winner, 2015 VGC Champion Shoma ‘shadeviera’ Honami in the playoffs 0-3.

What is the lesson here? This tweet sums it up.

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Malaysian Dota2 player tops European MMR charts

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Team Secret’s Zheng ‘MidOne’ Yeik Nai is now the no. 1 solo player in the Europe division after the latest update to the DOTA 2 leaderboard.

The Malaysian player pipped Team Liquid’s Miracle- to the top spot with a matchmaking rating (MMR) of 9155 compared to Miracle-‘s 9148, with a miniscule margin of 7.

With the leaderboards being updated regularly and the fact the gap between MidOne and Miracle- is small, it remains to be seen whether MidOne is able to remain first.

MidOne was with Fnatic previously, leaving the team after The International 2016, joining Europe-based Team Secret afterwards.

MidOne became the first player ever to hit 8000 MMR in the South East Asia servers on April 2016.

Another Malaysian player, Kok Yi ‘ddz’ Liong also tops a leaderboard in the South East Asia division, although he is currently serving an indefinite ban from all Valve events due to match fixing.