Malaysia’s First Esports Docuseries to Premiere on Nov 26
Fans who have been following the development of Malaysian esports and video games will be happy to understand that there will be a five-part docuseries narrating the rise of these two industries in the country over the past 14 years.
Simply called Jalur 14 (which is Malay for 14 Stripes), the docuseries includes 14 Malaysian icons who constructed a name not just for themselves however also put Malaysia on the world map as a recognized esports powerhouse and video game development hub.
They consist of Ng ‘YamateH’ Wei Poong, who in 2008 paid a courtesy see to then Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi after controling the world of DotA, Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung, who guided his Dota 2 team to a third location finish at The International 3 in 2013, and Dr. Yew Weng Kean, who won a gold medal for Malaysia in Hearthstone during last year’s SEA Games in the Philippines.
Besides the veterans, the docuseries also features young bloods like Mohd Fariz ‘Soloz’ Zakaria, a video gaming material creator who boasts over 2 million fans on Facebook, Ahmad Fuad ‘Fredo’ bin Razali, Andriyana ‘Chuchu Gaming’ binti Mohamed Ghazali, and more.
A number of significant individuals from the computer game industry are likewise included, consisting of Wan Hazmer, who is known for his deal with Last Fantasy XV. Who can forget the male who introduced roti canai and other Malaysian regional delicacies to the world while he belonged to Square Enix in Japan?
Upon going back to Malaysia, he founded his own video games development company, Metronomik, to grow the industry here. They launched their first game, the multiple
award-winning No Straight Roadways, earlier this year to huge praise.
Produced in cooperation with Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Ministry, its minister Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican stated his ministry continues to believe in the capacity of esports and the video gaming industry.
“With RM15 million designated for esports in the recent budget announcement, we desire our initiatives to produce opportunities that will upskill and develop our youth who are passionate for this industry. We’re really proud of the skills highlighted in Jalur 14. We hope that their stories motivate enthusiastic gamers to end up being key movers in Malaysia’s Esports market,” he said in a statement just recently.
See the first episode of Jalur 14 on 26 November 2020, 9PM on eGG Network Astro CH800, available to all Astro subscribers.