Malaysia’s esports scene has been on a remarkable journey, and today, we delve into the top 5 esports games that have captured the hearts of Malaysians, both as players and spectators.
1. DOTA 2
If you’ve spent any time in Malaysia over the past decade, you’re likely familiar with Defense of the Ancients 2, commonly known as Dota 2. This MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game pits two teams of five players against each other on a map with the objective of destroying the opponent’s base structure. Among the prominent teams are OG, Fnatic, RSG, Team SMG, and Royal Never Give Up. Players like iceiceice, SumaiL, MidOne, inYourdreaM, and Arteezy shine on this competitive stage.
2. League of Legends (LoL)
League of Legends, often abbreviated as LoL, enjoys immense popularity among Malaysians. While Malaysia may not top the international charts, it has its share of competitive players. LoL shares similarities with Dota 2, with two teams aiming to destroy the opponent’s base structure. T1, Royal Never Give Up, Team Liquid, G2 Esports, and SEM9 are notable teams. The player roster features Faker, Bjergsen, Perkz, jojopyun, and Xiaohu.
3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)
Counter-Strike is one of the oldest esports, dating back to the early 2000s. CS:GO, a 2012 version of this tactical FPS, involves two teams of five competing to either plant a bomb at one of two sites or prevent it. Natus Vincere, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, and Team Liquid are prominent teams. Star players include s1mple, Twistzz, kaze, ZywOo, and NiKo.
VALORANT has recently surged in popularity in Malaysia, with thousands of fans tuning into domestic leagues. The Singaporean-Indonesian-Malaysian team, Paper Rex, is among the world’s best. VALORANT combines tactical FPS gameplay with MOBA-like abilities. Notable teams include OpTic Gaming, Paper Rex, Fnatic, Sentinels, and 100 Thieves. Star players include TenZ, trent, f0rsakeN, Boaster, and nAts.
5. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB)
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, or MLBB, is the world’s biggest mobile esports title, and Malaysians are among its top players. MLBB bears a striking resemblance to LoL and Dota 2. RSG Philippines, Blacklist International, Todak, RRQ Hoshi, and Falcon Esports are well-regarded teams. Top players include OHEB, CikuGais, Alberttt, OhMyV33NUS, and MobaZane.
These are just some of the esports games making waves in Malaysia. Whether you’re a dedicated player or a passionate spectator, Malaysia’s esports scene has something for everyone.