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    900 online gamers battling to ‘get paid’

    Aziz Idris

    Some 900 local and regional gamers are battling for supremacy at this year’s TechXpo Cybergames Tournament, aiming to “get paid” with the BND17,000 prize pool for the six contested games.

    Among the games are DOTA, CS: GO, League of Legends, Tekken, Mobile Legends and the ever popular PUBG.

    Brugames founder Hawaii Yee – who is jointly running the Cybergames with Sigma Cyberspace – said the prize pool sees an increase by BND2,000 from the previous year, making it the largest championship prize ever contested in Brunei.

    Yee noted that the high number of participation this year was because D’Sunlit (the Cybergames organiser) secured DST as the titled sponsor. This attracted not only the local gaming community, but also those from neighbouring countries.

    DST’s contribution as the titled sponsor values over BND25,000 with a large sum going towards the cash prizes for the six games contested. DST said the contribution was to support the gaming community and the growth of e-Sports in Brunei.

    Gamers in full concentration. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

    The contestants included those from Sabah, Sarawak Labuan and even Singapore.

    The most popular game contested is PUBG with over 50 teams, comprising five to six players per team.

    “Regardless of the prize money, we received a lot of participation for the game (PUBG) in previous tournaments,” added Yee.

    He hoped organisers can keep up the momentum and make Brunei a venue for hosting large e-Sports tournaments.

    Gaming aficionados can browse the gaming matches via live streaming at Brugamers Management Services Facebook Page or visit the TechXpo held at Bridex Hall 2 until tomorrow, where organisers prepare a giant screen for visitors to enjoy the on-going matches.

    TechXpo Cybergames Tournament 2019 began on August 29 with the preliminary rounds. The finals will be held on the last day, followed with a prize presentation.

    A large crowd gathered at TechXpo yesterday to support their favourite teams proving the popularity of e-Sports in the Sultanate. Professional electronic gaming has an estimated 250 million players worldwide in a growing market worth about a billion US dollars a year.

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