E-sports an industry, not a lifestyle

By Ahmad Sissoho and Hakim Mahari

GOMBAK, 15 November 2019: In efforts to educate the community on how E-sports works, the founder of the E-sports news portal What’s the Meta? Mariah Ahmad stressed that the bad stigma against E-sports should be denied.

In the dialogue session held recently, a former journalist of Astro Awani, Mariah Ahmad said, “Due to the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0, E-sports should not be seen as a lifestyle; people may play for fun but E-sport is an industry where people are able to gain income to support their financial situation.”

Mariah advised E-sports players to be more holistic and embrace their interest in the E-sports industry passionately. “If you want people to take you seriously, you should take it for serious first,” she added.

The stage was shared with a professional FIFA player, Amirul Afandi or known as Amtuah. In an interview with IIUMToday, Amtuah highlighted that discipline is an important element that an E-sports player should look into.

“E-sports players should prove to the community that they can achieve flying colours in academic as well as succeed in winning E-sports competitions.”

He suggested that any house that wants to recruit E-sports team members should demand that they to maintain a CGPA 3.5 and above to ensure that they have a bright and secured future with good academic background.

The President of IIUM E-Sports Club, Faisal Zulkifli, stated that the objective of this club is to gather IIUM students who have talent and passion in E-sports as they will help them channel their talents to the right platform.

A dialogue session on “Entering E-sports Industry” was organised by the IIUM E-sports Club on Sunday (10 November) night at Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED) Gallery from 8.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

For more information on IIUM E-Sports Club, readers can follow their updates on Facebook (iiumEsports), Twitter (iium_esports) and Instagram (iiumesports).***

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