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The Elite Championship Series (TECS) Esports is Official: Biggest Esports Tournament in Penang

by Aiman MaulanaApril 19, 2019
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The Elite Championship Series (TECS) Esports is Official: Biggest Esports Tournament in Penang

The Elite Championship Series (TECS) Esports is Official: Biggest Esports Tournament in Penang

For the big fans and followers of the Esports scene here in Malaysia, this news will surely excite you. In partnership with Phidisk and The Pantheon Group, the Penang State Government will be organizing The Elite Championship Series (TECS) Esports tournament.

The game that will be contested is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and there will be a total prize pool of RM50,000 on the line. The TECS tournament will be having 64 teams consisting of both local and international teams duke it out to see who’s the best around. Thus far, we are seeing 4 teams from different countries; 1 from Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, and Philippines.

The Elite Championship Series (TECS) Esports is Official: Biggest Esports Tournament in Penang

Kendrick Hung, Founder and Chairman of PhiDisk Sdn Bhd (2nd from the left) and Franky How, Managing Director of The Pantheon Group (3rd from the left) holding up the TECS sign.

Prize Money

  • Champion = RM20,000 Prize Money
  • Runner Up = RM10,000 Prize Money
  • 2nd and 3rd Runner Up = RM6,000 Prize Money
  • 5th to 8th Place = RM2,000 Prize money

It is said that TECS was created to raise awareness on Esports as well as to provide opportunities for growth for the economy in Penang. In 2018, the Penang State Government has allocated a budget of RM1 million towards the growth of Esports, and this is seen as a huge step forward for the industry. While there has been a number of Esports tournaments in Penang previously, this is said to be the biggest one yet.

Phidisk will be the host for the TECS tournament. For those of you who aren’t aware, Phidisk is a company based in Penang which supplies NAND-flash products locally and internationally.

We have actually reviewed some of Phidisk’s offerings. If you want to give it a read or are looking for a value-for-money SSD, click here and also here.

The Elite Championship Series (TECS) Esports is Official: Biggest Esports Tournament in Penang

Aside from the TECS tournament, the company has more plans for the the local Esports scene. They are also looking to partner with The Pantheon Group to open an Esports Centre in Penang. The plan is to eventually expand the Centre’s presence nationwide and in Southeast Asia. This will include long-term plans such as developing educational and training programmes for aspiring gamers and provide coaching opportunities to local and international professional gamers.

In Southeast Asia, there is said to be roughly 9.5 million Esports enthusiasts, with there being roughly 2.4 million in Malaysia alone. Furthermore, Malaysia is ranked number 21 in global game revenue estimates for 2018 at USD $633 million (RM2.6 billion). With Southeast Asia being the fastest growing market for competitive gaming, such developments like with Phidisk and Pantheon is to be expected if the country wants to keep the momentum going.

The Elite Championship Series (TECS) Esports is Official: Biggest Esports Tournament in Penang

The online qualifiers for The Elite Championship Series (TECS) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will be running from 23rd to 25th April 2019. The final stage will be taking place at The Top, Komtar Penang from 3rd to 5th May 2019.Β The tournament is supported by the Penang Youth Development Centre and Penang State Government, and venue is sponsored by The Top, Komtar.

If you’re interested in the tournament and would like keep track of it, click right here.

Pokdepinion: If you’re a fan of the game or just Esports in general, be sure to come down to Penang this May 2019. There’s expected to be plenty of giveaways and interactive activities. It’s gonna be pretty huge.

About The Author
Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)

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