Astro’s esports channel and platform eGG Network will be releasing Jalur 14, a five-part docuseries chronicling the rise of esports and the gaming industry in Malaysia over the last 14 years.
Made in partnership with Esports Integrated (ESI), an agency under the purview of the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the documentary features 14 Malaysian esports icons including Malaysia's first esports gold medalist Dr. Yew Weng Kean, Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung, Ng "YamateH" Wei Poong, Fariz "Soloz" Zakaria, and Ahmad Fuad "Fredo" Razali as they share their struggles, challenges and experiences on their path to success of putting Malaysia on the world map.
Lee Choong Khay, Astro's Head of Sport, 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 as we highlight key people who have impacted the industry in various ways.
"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."
Reezal Merican Naina Merican, the Minister of Youth and Sports who was also present during the launch of the docuseries on Monday, emphasised on the government's belief and support for the growing industry.
"KBS continues to believe in the potential of the esports and gaming industry. With RM15 million 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," he said.
The first episode of Jalur 14 will premiere on November 26 at 9pm on eGG Network (CH800), available to all Astro subscribers.