eGG Network, Astro’s Esports channel and platform, partners with Esports Integrated (ESI), an initiative to catalyse a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive Esports ecosystem powered by Impact Integrated under the purview of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) ) to present Jalur 14, a 5-part docuseries chronicling the rise of Esports and the gaming industry in Malaysia over the last 14 years.
Jalur 14 recounts the tales of 14 Malaysian icons including internationally famed players Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung, Ng ‘YamateH’ Wei Poong and Malaysia’s first Esports gold medalist Dr. Yew Weng Kean, along with young bloods in the industry such as Mohd Fariz ‘Soloz’ Zakaria, Ahmad Fuad ‘Fredo’ bin Razali, Andriyana ‘Chuchu Gaming’ binti Mohamed Ghazali, and more. From zeroes to heroes, they share their struggles, challenges, and experiences on their path to success of putting our Jalur Gemilang on the world map.
Lee Choong Khay, Head of Sport, eGG Network, Astro said, “We’re glad to co-produce this first-of-its- kind docuseries with ESI that tells the stories of people who have championed and built up the Malaysian gaming and Esports industry. We along with gamers and fans are also delighted that KBS continues to
recognise and support the industry through its various efforts and hope we can continue to work together to build local talents who will go forward to make an impression on the international stage.
Our belief is that Esports is not just about playing games, and this is reflected in Jalur 14. We highlight key persons who have impacted the industry in various ways, such as Hasnul who has supported local game developers and animation studios, along with those involved on an international level such as game developer Wan Hazmer, and Dota 2 commentator and game analyst WinteR.
We would also like to thank our sponsors Yoodo, Zotac, Predator and Suncycle who have supported us on this journey. We hope fans enjoy the docuseries on eGG Network and also feel proud of how far our nation has moved forward in Esports and gaming.”
Ahmed Faris Amir, CEO of Impact Integrated said, “We’re happy to have like-minded partners like eGG Network who share our goals in building the Esports industry in Malaysia. Some of the stories shared on Jalur 14 brings to light the need for a sustainable Esports ecosystem. We hope more industry players will come along with us in this journey to create structures and programmes that provide diverse opportunities for every link in the chain of the industry. As we look back on how far we have come, we can move forward to achieve greater towards the growth of Esports in Malaysia.”
Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said, “KBS continues to believe in the potential of the Esports and gaming industry. With RM15mil allocated for Esports in the recent budget announcement, we want our initiatives to create opportunities that will upskill and develop our youth who are passionate for this industry. We’re very proud of the talents highlighted in Jalur 14. We hope that their stories inspire passionate gamers to become key movers in Malaysia’s Esports industry.”
Watch the first episode of Jalur 14 on 26 November 2020, 9PM on eGG Network Astro CH800, available to all Astro subscribers.