Alibaba Sports, a subsidiary of China’s tech giant Alibaba, and Hong Kong’s Esports International Group (EIG) are bringing one of the world’s biggest esports events World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2019-2020 Asia Pacific Final to Malaysia, taking place January 3rd to 5th 2020 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya.
A total of 61 teams and 260 players from 58 countries will be converging in Malaysia to compete in DOTA2, CS:GO, Starcraft 2, and Pro Evolution Soccer, for a share of the event’s $300,000 USD prize pool, as well as a chance to advance to the WESG Grand Final, held in Chongqing, China in March 2020.
The total available prize pool for the entire WESG 2019-2020 season is $5,500,000 USD.
The APAC Final for WESG is co-organised by EIG, Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), and SBS Events, with support from sponsors ASUS Republic of Gamers and Mayflower.
Strategic partners include Asean First Venture, Brand Soul, eGG Network, and Fintechport. Official media partner is Astro and official ticketing platform is Ticket2U.
“Not only are we bringing back the APAC Final this year, it is the first time that we’re hosting this event outside of China, and that is a huge milestone for us,” said Jason Fung, Senior Director, Global Esports, Alibaba Sports.
“The incredible support from all of our partners made it possible to choose Malaysia as our host country.”
“The esports industry in Malaysia is growing rapidly and we are glad to see tremendous support from various industry players for the WESG 2019-2020 Asia Pacific Final. We hope that through this event, we can bring a new level of esports competition to Malaysia and help further showcase the development of esports potential to the world,” said Chris Leung, Project Director, EIG.
Tickets start from RM 10 for a day pass and RM 850 for a VIP pass. Tickets go on sale December 9th 2019 on the Ticket2U website, https://www.ticket2u.com.my/.
The WESG 2019-2020 Asia Pacific Final will be broadcasted live on eGG Network (Astro CH800) from January 3rd to 5th 2020. Visit https://www.egg.network for TV schedule. Fans can also catch a live stream of the event on Facebook, Twitch, and on the Chinese live streaming platform Douyu.
“We are thrilled that Malaysia is the host of the APAC Final for WESG 2019-2020. Malaysia has long had an amazing community of fans and gamers that drive the games ecosystem. But now this community is matched with the infrastructure, the connectivity and an increasingly agile and versatile talent base making Malaysia uniquely connected to bridge investors to throughout the region. Malaysia is truly the heart of digital ASEAN and we in MDEC fully support these great community initiatives in growing our digital economy and realising our ambition for creating a competitive and inclusive digital content ecosystem,” said Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Vice President of MDEC.
“We’re glad to bring yet another international esports tournament to Malaysia thanks to this partnership with Alibaba Sports and EIG. WESG is another big milestone for eGG Network and the esports industry, as we work towards making Malaysia an esports hub in SEA.
This 3-day event is something all gamers and esports fans should look forward to, as this is an opportunity to be in the same room and watch some of the biggest teams and names of CS:GO, Starcraft 2, PES and of course DOTA2,” said Lee Choong Khay, Chief of Sports, eGG Network, Astro.
More details and updates will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, fans can visit the official website at www.wesg.com.
In conjunction with the WESG 2019-2020 Asia Pacific Final, Alibaba Sports and EIG also announced the WESG Fintech Conference happening at Grand Ballroom, Sunway Resort Hotel , on January 2nd 2020. The MDEC-sanctioned conference will feature keynote speakers Prof. Simon Choi, Mr. Ricky Lau, and Mr. Brian Au, covering topics such as Fintech of esports in Malaysia and 5G development in esport games. More details can be found at www.eig.ltd.