If the crowd was any indication, eSports is live, well and thriving in Malaysia as over 400 competitors and thousands of spectators thronged Sunway Pyramid to participate and to spectate the inaugural Toyota Velocity Esports Championship tournament.
The largest esports racing event in Malaysia to date, the Toyota Velocity Esports championship sought to find Malaysia’s fastest simulator driver of Toyota’s iconic sports car, the exquisitely beautiful Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept on the Gran Turismo Sport simulator played on the Playstation 4 console.
To find the bearer of the chequered flag, Toyota established a grand stage at the Blue concourse of the Pyramid mall where for three whole days, hordes of the public stepped up to the proverbial plate to prove their mettle in full-featured simulators complete with actual steering wheels, bucket seats and more to enhance the immersive aspects of the game.
“We are delighted with the overwhelming response from the public towards the very first Toyota Velocity Championship. Esports is definitely a rapidly rising industry not just in Malaysia but also globally as it provides exciting experience for the younger generation. Toyota’s involvement and strong presence in such activities complements the dynamic and sporty side of the brand,” said Mr. Ravindran K., President of UMWT.
On the last day, 10 finalists stood to vie for the Championship trophy and a host of cash prizes. After the dust settled, the titular champion of the Toyota Velocity Esports Championship, one Muhammad Uzair S Abdul Nasir Khan stood triumphant with the trophy and RM20,000 in cash. The second runner up, Mior Muhammad Hafiz Mior Lahmudin won a lucrative RM10,000 in cash. The third runner up, Aiman Haziq Aidi won RM5,000 in cash while the fourth to tenth place winners each won RM2,000 in cash. All in all, over RM60,000 in cash prizes were offered during the grand championship.
If you’ve missed the festivities, fret not as you can catch the real thing in action at the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Festival at MAEPS Serdang which will take place from 19 to 21 October 2018. For more details swing by www.toyota.com.my