Malaysia has always been at the forefront of the esports movement with college level esports programs, and state governments investing Millions of ringgits towards developing esports. In addition, the Malaysian Minister for Sports and The Prime Minister of Malaysia have also previously batted for esports.
The government of Malaysia shows no signs of slowing this down. Earlier today, during the 2019 Budget presentation, Malaysian Finance Minister - Lim Guan Eng has announced that the Malaysian government would invest RM10 million to expand the local e-sport industry.
The investment will be channelled through the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to develop the esports industry as a recreational activity that is not only fun and healthy for the youth, but also an industry that is profitable.
Malaysia has firmly established itself as one of the leaders in The SEA region, in developing and recognizing esports as a sporting disciple. We can only hope that other countries from our region take note of this welcome move and try to implement the same in their own countries and help push Esports into the forefront of the entertainment industry.