KUALA LUMPUR: While eSports Malaysia (ESM) president Datuk Latt Shariman Abdullah thanked the government for allocating RM10 million to the sport, he was unsure whether the budget will be used for software development or to groom athletes.
“Perhaps it is for both, but I think it for software development. This is not stated clearly,” said Latt Shariman.
The allocation has grabbed attention of those in the eSports community.
Razer, a gaming hardware company, chief executive officer Tan Min-Liang has pledged an additional RM10 million for the sport in a tweet to Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Latt Shariman also said the budget should be handed to an organisation under the Sports Ministry.
“I am surprised that the allocation will be channeled to the Malaysia Digital Economy Cooperation (MDEC), a government agency under the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, instead of the Sports Ministry.
“Usually budgets for sports development would go under the National Sports Council (NSC) or other Sports Ministry’s agencies.
“MDEC’s specialises in software development. We will consult them for a clearer picture,” he said.
Latt Shariman also disclosed that the two eSports venues – Jalan Raja Muda Stadium in Kampung Baru and the AirAsia eSports Arena in Klang – have yet to be finalised as centres for the sports.
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