“Today is a meaningful day,”. Encouraging words from Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh, CEO of APIIT Education Group that rightfully sums up an incredible breakthrough for Malaysian Collegiate eSports following the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) and eSports Malaysia (eSM), last Thursday.
In his opening speech, Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh highlighted that APU’s proven track record in the gaming industry can help propel the future careers of university students , at the same time raising the level of the competitive scene in Malaysia.
“eSports is an uprising trend that APU embraces and we highly encourage our students to participate in healthy competitive gaming.
“APU eSports Club have been actively hosting nationwide tournaments including the League of Legends Malaysia Campus League (MYCL) Grand Finals. In return, our students have also represented APU and Malaysia to various international competitions such as the League of Legends International Collegiate Championship (LICC) in Taiwan,” he said.
The APU academy will function as a platform for all Malaysian students to develop their passion for competitive gaming. In return, eSM will be be providing added support and training to ensure these students are fully equipped with essential skills to meet the fast-paced movements of the eSports industry.
President of eSM, Dato’ Latt Shariman Abdullah, said: “Our vision is to be one of the leading eSports Academies in the world providing talents not just to our local industry but also the international scene as well. Without proper guidance and a development program, only a few are able to compete on an international level and we hope APU Esports Malaysia Academy is able to change that.
The first batch of students are expected to begin their eSports dream in April. The eSports course itself will benefit students eager to take their gaming status to a professional level whereas careers behind the scenes will be opened as well.
In 2016, Garena Malaysia announced the biannual League of Legends tournament, MYCL would offer the first-ever eSports scholarship to the overall Collegiate champions which involved over 2,000 schools and campuses nationwide. The scholarships worth RM30,000 was eventually awarded to students from APU, venue hosts to the MYCL Grand Finals.