First Competitive Gaming (eSports) Academy in Malaysia

First Competitive Gaming (eSports) Academy in Malaysia

First Competitive Gaming (eSports) Academy in Malaysia – APU eSports Malaysia Academy

Kuala Lumpur,
23
February 2017

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) and eSports Malaysia (eSM) launched the APU eSports Malaysia Academy at APU’s new campus in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil today.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed between Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh, CEO of APIIT Education Group, and Dato’ Latt Shariman Abdullah, President of eSM today.

This is the first partnership of eSM with a Malaysian university to establish an eSports academy within the university’s campus.

Deputy Higher Education Minister, Y.B. Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching witnessed the MoA signing and officiated the launching ceremony.

Jussi Pekka Tuomi (left), Computer Games Development student of APU, demonstrated his creation, Flail Rider during the launching ceremony. To date, Flail Rider has accumulated 7.5 million downloads globally.

Apart from the launch, a full-day exhibition by APU students from the Multimedia, Computer Games Development and Creative Design programmes also took place.

eSports Malaysia representative, Rinie Ramli, APIIT alumni, Wan Hazmer, who is now the Lead Game Designer of Final Fantasy XV, and APU Computer Games Development student, who is the developer of the mobile game – Flail Rider, Jussi Pekka Tuomi, also conducted talks to the participants of the event.

A MoA was signed between APIIT Education Group CEO, Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh (right) and eSports Malaysia (eSM) President, Dato’ Latt Shariman Abdullah (left), witnessed by Deputy Minster of Higher Education, Y.B. Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching (center).

Upon its establishment, the APU eSports Malaysia Academy will serve as a platform for students to develop and channel their passion for competitive gaming. APU and eSM will partner in giving support, training and proper guidelines to the students, in order to equip them with essential skills to be a professional game, eSports shoutcasters, team managers and so on, thus creating new opportunities and talents within the Malaysian eSports industry.

Some of the upcoming activities that will be organized by the academy include: game tournaments, seminars, industry talks and more.

Wan Hazmer, notable alumni of APIIT & Lead Game Designer of Final Fantasy XV, conducted an industrial talk to share his valuable experiences in the games industry

Prior to the initiation of the academy, the relationship between APU and eSM started in January 2015, in which APU received official endorsement from eSM to establish the APU eSports Club. To date, the eSports Club has 280 members, in which some of them represented APU and Malaysia in the global arena of eSports, such as the IEF International Collegiate Esports League 2016 held in Korea, as well as the League of Legends International Collegiate Championship 2016 in Taipei.

In his opening speech, Datuk Dr. Parmjit Singh, CEO of APIIT Education Group, said,

“ Today is a meaningful day. It is truly an honour, and a privilege for APU to be the first university in Malaysia to launch an eSports academy together with ESM. I have no doubt in my mind, that this partnership will be an amazing journey ahead. With the launch of the APU eSports Malaysia Academy, we believe that we can deliver the best programmes and activities to the students, to prepare them for their future careers in the eSports and gaming industry.”

“The Esports Academy vision is to be one of the leading Esports Academies in the world providing talents not just to our local industry but also to the international scene as well. It is well known that our local players such as Mushi, Chuan, AmTuah and many more have been competing in many international tournament all over the world so we know that our local talents are able to compete with the best in the world. However, without proper guidance and a development program, only a few are able to compete at that level and we hope with APU Esports Malaysia Academy we are able to change that. Our mission is to ensure that the students of the academy are able to master the basic skills, act professionally and are competition ready. We want the academy to be able to raise the standard of our local competitive scene to the next natural level.”

said Dato’ Latt Shariman Abdullah, President of eSM.

The event received wonderful remarks from the attendees,

“ It is about time that we establish a healthy environment for our university and school students to participate in competitive gaming, while instilling soft skills such as communication skills, leadership skills and critical thinking skills within them. We are very glad that eSM and APU came up with this initiative to establish the eSports academy within the university’s environment,”

said Deputy Higher Education Minister, Y.B. Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching

at the launching ceremony.

Playing computer games has been a popular after-school activity for students of all ages, it is about time that we create a healthy gaming environment for the students, to ensure their privacy, safety and security.

APU also offers the BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Development & BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Development with a specialism in Games Concept Art under their School of Computing & Technology.

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About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK with Technology. These programmes nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. Professionalism, problem-solving skills, and creativity & innovation are some of the key attributes of APU graduates. The multi-cultural student community comprises both Malaysian students as well as International students.  APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels. It was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2013 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) on 1st November 2012.

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Experience WoW-like MMO-ARPG on your smartphone in 2017!

Experience WoW-like MMO-ARPG on your smartphone in 2017!

Burning Blood:
Experience WoW-like MMO-ARPG on your smartphone in 2017!

Filled with passion for victory, Burning Blood brings next generation of action based role playing game experience on your mobile phone. Inspired by western strategy classics, gamers can select persona from one of the three largest legion – Holy Sword, Moon Shadow and Beamon Tribe to ally or challenge other players around the continent.

With the in-game ride system, Burning Blood offers tons of tamed monsters to be ride along when exploring the vast area of the unknown. Forming allies with players around the globe forges interaction between players while strengthen the attack on massive multiplayer combat. Players also can show off their skill with the instant PVP option at all time.

Within Burning Blood, the continent is now at a bewilderment with the rise of 3 major legions – Holy Sword, Moon Shadow and Beamon Tribe. In order to seize the head start, players from each legion must capture portal scattered around the map. Tension and conflicts has risen around portal as each legion members vowed towards victory. Meanwhile, the return of everblight of the century posed a great risk for the survival of 3 legions. To survive throughout the darkness, hatred shall be left behind and legions must reunite together to survive in the blight.

One well known legion in Burning Blood – Beamon, is a tribe with orcs manifested by its muscle and scar and known for its tremendous strength. Today it’s no longer a slave for other, in fact they are the overlord of battlefield that leads the battle to fight for glory. In the other hand, Moon Shadow’s elves has a mesmerizing face and a seductive body but none of them are known for its loyalty as interest is their only focus. The Holy Sword clan once made up of people respected of its disciplines and justice. After a great civil war, the legion was then split toward multiple kingdom and duchies filled with prejudice that detesting each other. Would God’s realm bring back their glory?

Experience the adrenaline run and the epic massive multiplayer online PVP to meet new friends! Burning Blood will be available on Apple App Store and Google Play by 2017.

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Malaysia’s biggest fiesta is here!

Malaysia’s biggest fiesta is here!

COMIC FIESTA 2016

17-18 December 2016

Hall 1 & 2, Putra World Trade Center

COMIC FIESTA 2016

17-18 December 2016

Hall 1 & 2, Putra World Trade Center

WHAT IS COMIC FIESTA?

The Comic Fiesta is the largest anime, comics and games (ACG) event in South-East Asia. Organized by the SAYS Youth Society, Comic Fiesta has come a long way: the first Comic Fiesta held in 2002 was a small exhibition in the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur which managed to attract about 500 visitors.

Since then, it has grown massively, turning into something that is seen as a must-visit event by many local illustrators, artists, cosplayers and fans. Last year, the Comic Fiesta 2015 reported that over 45,000 people had visited its venue over two days.

Visitors over two days

doujinshi

Among the many attractions is the Creative Arts Market, a place where local artists showcase their best works. From simple illustrations all the way to actual doujinshi (fan-made manga), you can find all kinds of art pieces here. And that’s just the drawn art! Many stalls also sell things like posters, T-shirts, dolls, and so on, meaning that there’s something for everyone if you take the time to look around.

Cosplay

Another major draw is the many, many cosplayers who take the chance to dress in their finest. There are special events and competitions for cosplayers, not to mention a chance for local enthusiasts to meet with other cosplayers from all across Asia.

Meet celebrity guests!

In addition, the organizers of Comic Fiesta have made it a point to invite celebrity guests to their convention. In the past few years they have brought in famous cosplayers, musicians, game designers, and other such people for special shows or interviews, most of which have been wildly popular among the attendees. Past celebrity guests have included Smart Doll inventor Danny Choo, J-pop band FLOW and Lead Designer of Final Fantasy XV Wan Hazmer.

Game on!

Comic Fiesta is also popular for holding a number of gaming competitions. There are usually special areas set up so that fans of video games can watch or even compete in anything from Pokemon tournaments to League of Legends championships.

Superheroes, assemble!

Those attending Comic Fiesta 2016 should be aware that this year’s’ theme is “superheroes”. So prepare to suit up and swing right into the action!

This year’s Comic Fiesta has been scheduled for 17th and 18th December 2016 and will be held in Hall 1 and 2 of the Putra World Trade Center in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. The Fiesta will run from 10am to 7pm, though anyone interested in attending should arrive as early as possible to avoid the crowds. The early bird tickets have already become available for purchase, and normal tickets can be bought at the walk-in counter once the event begins.

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APU Students win first-ever scholarships in Malaysian eSports history

APU Students win first-ever scholarships in Malaysian eSports history

APU Students win first-ever scholarships in Malaysian eSports history

APU team emerges as Champion in Garena’s Malaysia Campus League Competition

Kuala Lumpur, 24 September 2016: The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)’s first ever competitive League of Legends (LoL) student team to participate in the Malaysia Campus League (MYCL) tournament, walked away with a cash prize of RM2,500 and partial scholarships worth RM30,000 as they emerged as the champion of the tournament organized by Garena, Southeast Asia’s largest consumer internet platform company.

Held at APU’s campus in Bukit Jalil, the MYCL saw support from hundreds of students at the venue itself, as well as thousands more viewing online via Garena’s live stream platform. Garena aims to promote a healthy gaming culture among university and secondary school students through the bi-annual tournament. This edition of MYCL kicked-off in July and comprises two divisions – Collegiate for tertiary-level students and Junior for secondary school students.

The APU LoL team emerged as champion of the League of Legends Malaysia Campus League and walked away with RM2,500 cash prize and RM30,000 worth of scholarships.

This was a first time in Malaysian history, which partial scholarships are awarded to eSports excellence. Each team member from APU walked away with RM6,000 worth of scholarships.

APU’s winning team consists of 5 main players and a substitute player: Wong Hui Zyn (Team Captain), Soon Zhen Suan, Ng Hann King, Ong Chang Wai, Daniel Yap Eng Khai and Ter Wei Liang who are currently pursuing their studies in the Software Engineering, Information & Communications Technology and Intelligent Systems undergraduate programmes. They are also members of the APU eSports Club. Through the establishment of the club, APU provides support and guidance towards students in terms of creating a healthy gaming environment, as well as promotes a balance among studies and entertainment.

Apart from the attractive cash prize awards and the partial scholarship, the APU LoL team also earned an opportunity to represent Malaysia at the International eSports Festival in South Korea and the League of Legends International Collegiate Championship in Thailand later this year.

In a press conference towards the end of the MYCL Grand Finals event, APU’s team captain, Wong Hui Zyn, said:

“The team fought hard through all stages of the competition, and we truly enjoyed the process as this was our first time to participate in competitive gaming tournaments. We are glad that we earned a scholarship for playing games, which is the first in Malaysian history. We look forward to the upcoming tournaments in South Korea and Thailand.”

The APU LoL team was the first batch of students to receive a partial scholarship from Garena in Malaysia. Regarding the scholarship and MYCL efforts, Jason Ng, Vice President of Garena said:

“By offering the very first eSports scholarship in Malaysia, we hope to foster a vibrant League of Legends campus ecosystem, while at the same time helping top players in schools pursue their passion in eSports. Regardless of whether they go on to play professionally, these players will be able to bring important skills of teamwork, problem-solving and creativity to other endeavours in civil society.”

Hundreds of League of Legends (LoL) supporters viewed the Grand Finale of the League of Legends (LoL) Malaysia Campus League (MYCL) which took place in APU, Bukit Jalil.
Garena organised the Malaysian Campus League with aims to promote a healthy gaming environment among university and secondary school students.
About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK with Technology as a common core. These programmes nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. Professionalism, problem-solving skills, and creativity & innovation are some of the key attributes of APU graduates. The multi-cultural student community comprises both Malaysian students as well as International students.

APU was also Rated No.1 in Asia and Malaysia for Multicultural Learning Experience by the Student Barometer Wave 2015, ‘Studying with people from other cultures’.

APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels. It was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2013 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) on 1st November 2012 and has maintained this Excellent rating in the latest SETARA 2013 Ratings announced on 17th November 2014.

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Malaysians Can Pursue “Real” Pokémons at Four Shopping Malls!

Malaysians Can Pursue “Real” Pokémons at Four Shopping Malls!

Mango

Caramel

Whispurr

Pluto

Since the early August launch of Pokémon Go in Malaysia, the game has taken the nation by storm, and thousands are thronging the malls daily to capture virtual Pokémons.

From 13 August 2016, four shopping malls will invite Pokémon Go aficionados to pursue some unique targets in air-conditioned comfort. And the best part? These Pokémons are based on adoptable pets right here in Malaysia. Why settle for virtual catches when you can seek loyal, furry lifetime companions who will return your love in kind?

This initiative is the brainchild of Naga DDB, one of Malaysia’s largest advertising agencies, in conjunction with PetFinder.my, the country’s premier pet adoption portal. They have #TheRealCatch for you—11,000 homeless animals eagerly awaiting your love.

Join in this pursuit of “the Real Pokémon Catch” at Publika, Berjaya Times Square, Sunway Pyramid and 1 Utama. The adventure will continue through at least 27 August, and perhaps a bit longer if the hunters are still in hot pursuit.

This campaign leverages on the Pokémon Go buzz to highlight the plight of needy animals. Pet Pokémon posters are placed at strategic locations and Poké Stops, encouraging pet adoption and sterilization of animals.

Andy Koh, founder of PetFinder.my, notes,

“We are very thankful to the compassionate management of these four malls for their enthusiasm for this campaign, inspiring so many visitors to help homeless animals. We hope that this fun-filled initiative will set a precedent for more creative animal welfare collaborations in the future.”

Mobile promotional posters have also surfaced at various pet-friendly parks and popular streets, to the enthusiastic response of the public.

Chase after a real Pokémon instead!

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There is a little bit of Pikachu inside all of us

There is a little bit of Pikachu inside all of us

There is a little bit of Pikachu inside all of us

There is a little bit of Pikachu inside all of us

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AUGUST, 2016

Unless you paid attention in your secondary school biology class or have an extreme interest in biology, it’s quite unlikely that you’d be familiar with the names of most biological molecules. Scientists usually name things after their structures or functions so you end up with a bunch of very confusing and mundane ones, like the Beta-2 microglobulin or the major histocompatibility complex (MHC).

But every once in awhile, scientists show that they are, in fact, up to date with popular culture and decide to add a little creativity to the nomenclature.

Pikachurin is found in our eyes and is essential for the transmission of electrical impulses to the brain’s vision centre. It also helps our eyes track moving objects.

Ribbon Synapse

Pikachurin in all it's glory

Because of the way scientists study different kinds of proteins, we don’t actually know what Pikachurin’s function is, only that it is important and that without it, transmission of information to the brain would get disrupted. The study was carried out on mice, with scientists removing the gene involved in making the protein, so that they could see what it is that happens when an animal lacks Pikachurin. It was discovered that, without the protein, it would take nearly four times as long for signals to reach the brain, resulting in incorrect movement of other elements in the eye, eventually leading to a form of muscular dystrophy.

In 2003, a group of researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York discovered a gene they decided to call the POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic gene (or Pokemon, for short).

Pikachurin isn’t actually needed for us to see per say, but it sure plays a big part in helping us. Our eyes have photoreceptors, which are specialised cells, that move around the eye to take in light. These photoreceptors then send information, in the form of electrical impulses, to an important structure called a synapse. Synapses are structures found all around the body that play a big part in transmitting information to the brain through the central nervous system. When photoreceptors send information to a synapse, a few different processes begin to take place, which eventually results in the necessary information being sent to the brain to be translated into visuals we can see. The processes that occur at these synapses involve a lot of different types of minerals and proteins, one of these proteins being Pikachurin.

This isn’t the first time scientists used the Japanese franchise as inspiration. In 2003, a group of researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York discovered a gene they decided to call the POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic gene (or Pokemon, for short).

It was later found, however, that the gene was able to cause cancer. The gene was prone to undergoing harmful mutations that would lead to cells growing uncontrollably and eventually becoming cancerous. In fact, it was suggested that the gene was actually needed for other cancer-causing genes to mutate and so acted as a master switch for cancer. It was no surprise then that in the following days, a rush of headlines such as “Pokemon causes Cancer!” began to surface. Nintendo, not wanting the brand to be associated with the disease, threatened legal action against the research centre if they didn’t change the name. The researchers were then forced to switch it to the much less controversial, Zbtb7.

Shh structure

Sonic Hedgehog - the protein structure

However, there are many other genes that have been named after fictional characters. Sonic Hedgehog is a gene found in mammals that plays a part in the development of the central nervous system in an embryo. It was named so because when the gene was deleted in a species of flies, scientists thought the fly’s embryo looked like a hedgehog. Another fun fact is that the drug that is used to inhibit the gene is called robotinikinin, a reference to the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog games, Dr. Ivo Robotnik. Another gene, found in zebrafish, is called Dracula and is, of course, associated with blood disorders. There’s even a Ken and Barbie gene, which is found in fruit flies and plays a role in sexual organ development.

Thanks, Pikachu. Seeing wouldn’t be the same without you.