The Locals Bringing Singapore Esports to the Forefront
Esports is kind of a big deal, at least globally.
Millions of dollars in prize pools, thousands of fans cheering in stadiums and thousands more watching streams, and even shampoo endorsements ala Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sure, our sunny little island hasn’t been spared from the phenomenon. Yet, despite the popularity of video games in Singapore, esports success has been fleeting. Singaporean players have reached or near the top, but besides a few notable exceptions like iceiceice (Dota 2) and Xian (Street Fighter), few have remained there.
Yet, that has not stopped several local organisations and talents trying their absolute best to make esports a big deal in Singapore. Here’s some of them fighting the good fight.
It is inevitable.
Talking about local esports will likely bring you to an event or initiative organised, executed, or simply supported by Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA).
Most recently, SCOGA has announced a new inter-tertiary league, Campus Legends, with a total prize pool of S$10,000, including scholarships on offer!
SCOGA’s Esports Academy also has several esports courses on offer. It offers courses for beginners and experienced players alike across various disciplines, but also provides for alternative paths such as esports journalism, commentating and sports science!
Whether it’s Prime Minister Lee chilling at one of their events, their numerous competitions, or their Academy, count on SCOGA continuing their onslaught to make local esports great again.
Think of the typical new-age office. Clean, simple furnishing complete with a relaxing couch area and an open office concept filled with people browsing and creating social media content.
Oh, and of course, the numerous professional gamers who train there worry-free.
Despite its relatively new entry into the local esports scene, Resurgence has a stellar track record. Fielding teams across games ranging from the classic League of Legends to rising mobile entries like Arena of Valor, the team has garnered 17 championships in 2018 alone.
As one of the few professional esports organisations based in Singapore, Resurgence prides itself on providing a stable career and environment for its players. In an interview with Hype & Stuff, team CEO Jayf “Babael” Soh said that “by directly supporting the players through giving them an allowance, or paying a bit of their bills, or providing support through coaching and facilities, this will all help them to step up their game.”
We can’t wait to see Resurgence surging onward and upward.
Sure, professional esports is great to watch. Just like any other sport, it can give fans and enthusiasts inevitable rollercoasters of emotion as you watch people far better than you perform feats of incredulity.
But esports doesn’t just have to be about the best of the best. It could also be a couple chilling in a room and playing games with their friends, as people tune in just to join the fun and enjoy the type of banter that can only arise from everybody playing games in the same room.
That’s exactly what WELP Tonight is doing. The brainchild of couple Sezairi Sezali and Syaza Qistina Tan, WELP stands for ‘Welcome Everyone, Let’s Play’, a clear indication of the kind of audience and feel that they want with their show. Guests have included Narelle Kheng, Charlie Lim, and Fakkah Fuzz, but despite their celebrity, the show remains at its core of being about friends having fun.
Not every esports event has to be racking up hype levels that The International has. Just like how people can enjoy community football events with 20 people watching, there’s plenty of credit to how people can enjoy video games in their room and transfer that enjoyment onto others watching.
And after all, isn’t that proof that we all just want to have fun?