Cambodian Esports continues to show promise on the international stage as team Klach Ey shocked fans with a remarkable victory at the recently concluded Mission Against Terror International Championships 2019.
The four-country international competition was hosted on Sunday evening at Aeon Mall 2 Sen Sok in the Cambodian capital and featured Cambodian, Thai, Chinese, and Malaysian players.
After navigating tricky qualifiers, Klach Ey secured a final showdown with Malaysian side Suicide whom they despatched with aplomb 2-0 (5-3, 5-3).
The competition was backed by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) and Sabay, with sponsorship coming from Huawei, MYTV, AEON Mall, and the MCT E-Sports Electronics Club Cambodia.
In 2017, Esports was recognised as a sporting activity by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was most recently among six online games that made their debut at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games last August.
“In the selection of Asian Games esports, we exercised stringent criteria, i.e. the game must adhere to our vision of promoting integrity, ethics, and fair play,” AESF President Kenneth Fok said in a statement.
“Esports will strive to inspire and motivate the youth of the world to be the best they can be through educational and entertaining interactive challenges.”
The kingdoms’ Esports Federation was inaugurated by NOCC in 2014.
Esports refers to video games that are treated as a professional sport. The very best competitors boast paid playing contracts, huge fan followings, sold out arenas, sponsorships, and massive tournament payouts. In recent years, Esports has experienced massive popularity to become a multi-billion dollar industry and has attracted top tier sponsorship from some of the largest organisations in the world. In international competition, teams and players often are able to make millions in prize money.