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The government plans to turn cybergames or e-Sports into a new industry that can generate revenue for the country in the future, at the Asian and international levels.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak said this is in line with the development of the industry with the involvement of the younger generation, who have made it a source of income and to fit in with their new lifestyle.
“I was told that cyber-games will feature at the Asian Games in Indonesia this year. Perhaps this sport can go up until the Olympics.
“Embracing it as a new industry will promise a variety of opportunities, and not just entertainment and lifestyle. However, we must prepare our people to become the generators, the suppliers and active players in cyber-games,” he said at the launch of Malaysia Cyber Games 2018 (MCG18) at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Najib said the government is aware of the needs and desires of youths today by supporting efforts to diversify e-Sports programmes and expand them across the country.
“We need to embrace the change in the digital economy and the fourth revolution. This is the new lifestyle of young people. The government must be youth-oriented based on future needs and undergo change.
“We must be a government that cares and understands young people, their language and serve their needs and aspirations,” he said, in support of Kelab Suara Anak Muda 1Malaysia president Datuk Armand Azha Abu Hanifah’s (pictur)e suggestion that MCG be recognised as an association representing e-Games in the country.