(From left:) Matthias Beyer, Partnerships Lead, Southeast Asia at Twitch; Dennis Ooi, Honorary Secretary of (Singapore) Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA); Kelvin Tan, President and Co-Founder of SCOGA; Nicholas Khoo, Chairman and Co-Founder of SCOGA; Raiford Cockfield III, Director of APAC Partnerships at Twitch; Dr Charles Ling, Chief Operating Officer of Informatics Educations Ltd.
Video games used to be just a pastime. We’d collect coins and eat some mushrooms enroute to saving a princess in Super Mario Brothers, or battle some aliens “Rambo” style in Delta Force. All, in the name of fun. These days however, gaming is serious business as there’s good money to be made as a professional gamer. There are even institutions set up to produce cyber athletes, such as the Esports Academy.
The Esports Academy was recently launched by the Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA). It is supported by the National Youth Council and apart from nurturing professional gamers, the Esports Academy also aims to develop career opportunities for locals to be commentators, trainers and coaches for the gaming industry.
Kelvin Tan, President and Co-founder of SCOGA, said: “In our Esports Academy, we use competitive video games to teach skills such as leadership, team work and communications. We hope that this prepares them for the jobs of the future and help them achieve their aspirations.”
More importantly, Tan highlighted the statistics: “Recently, one of our academy trainees, Justin Bersamin drew more than 4,000 total views per session while streaming. Daryl Koh aka iceiceice, the top Singaporean earner in esports has won over US$1 million in prize money.”
If you’re dishing out headshots with your eyes closed and think that you have the potential to play games for a living, head on to scoga.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SingaporeCybersports to find out more.