The growing demand of e-Sports is a factor that has contributed in the success of the Brunei e-Sports Tournament (BeS+). BES+, currently in its second year running, has grown to be an annual gathering for the gaming community. The founder of Game On Business Management and Services, Amar Agus Din, explained how tournaments like these provide a platform for gamers to try out their skills.
“In an effort to give back to the gaming community in Brunei, we have decided to focus on console and mobile gaming after organising a hyperplay earlier in the year, which mainly focused on computer gaming. This has allowed more people to come to the tournament, which led to the huge success of the event,” said Amar.
The recent announcement of Mobile Legends Bang Bang being part of Southeast Asian Games 2019 has gotten the management Game On Business Management and Services hopeful that Brunei will send a team to represent the country.
This year’s BeS+ featured console and mobile gaming titles such as FIFA 19, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, Tekken 7, GT Sports and Fortnite. The event managed to draw over 500 registered players for the tournament, and more than a thousand attendees.
The FIFA 19 One versus One tournament was won by Adib Sazali after defeating Izan Zakaria in a thrilling final, where he bagged a new PlayStation 4 Pro. The Two versus Two FIFA 19 tournament was won by the duo in Ronaldo FC with a cash prize of BND300.
In Tekken 7, defending champion Ivan Pang won a PlayStation 4 Slim, after defeating Azlan Shah in a grueling match. “I have been playing Tekken since 2005, and am thrilled to have won the tournament two years in a row, even though the players are getting more skilled and a lot of people joined the tournament. I hope that next year will be better!” said Ivan.
Ivan added that though he had known the gaming community for a while from joining various arcade tournaments in the country, these types of tournaments help in bridging the communities together under one roof.
In the Mobile Legends Bang Bang tournament, RV e-Sports team defeated Extreme in the best round of three matches and accumulated 10,000 game diamonds and BND250.
“BeS+ has allowed different gamers to test their skills and it is a great place to get to know one another,” said Ibnu Yamin, leader of RV e-Sports group.
Meanwhile, Afieq Rosli managed to set the fastest time in GT Sports, and Anieq Zakwan got the most points in the Fortnite tournament over the course of two days.
Unique to this year’s event was the invited cosplayers, Ying Tze from Malaysia and local cosplayer, Dirah Wong to further enliven the event. Other than that, this allowed other local cosplayers to join in the fun by dressing up as their favourite cartoon or anime characters during the event.