150 young talents join national Minecraft tournament
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 150 participants aged between 8 to 16 took part in the first national Minecraft tournament for young talents called ‘GEM Play’ organised by Cyberview Sdn Bhd, recently.
The tournament, which is under the Cyberview Living Lab Talent initiative, is part of efforts aligned with transforming Cyberjaya into a sandbox for Malaysian innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups, said Cyberview in a statement.
Prizes for the singles tournament ‘GEM Island’ came up to RM2,300 while total prize money for the team-based ‘GEM Castle’ was RM4,800.
“This tournament encourages collaborative learning, development, and sharing through games and coding for young talents,” said Cyberview Managing Director Datuk Faris Yahaya in a statement.
“Seeing these kids participating in the games today shows how important it is to nurture these bright young minds, especially when we as a nation are working towards the development of Malaysia’s digital economy,” he added.
He said minecraft is a game that encourages creativity through critical thinking and through this tournament.
“Cyberview aims to create a Minecraft Community which would further solidify Cyberjaya and Malaysia as an up and coming market in the ICT and creative industry,” said Faris.
The tournament consisted of two parts: the singles tournament and the team tournament. Participants had a choice to compete in ‘Survival on GEM Island’ or ‘GEM Castle.’
The former ran on a round robin format, separating the fittest and smartest to become champions in the finals. This game, inspired by ‘Hunger Games’ required players to defeat their opponents while avoiding death themselves.
While this game was a singles game which required participants to think and act individually, ‘GEM Castle’ was the first team-based Minecraft game in a tournament. Each team which consisted of four players was required to build a castle incorporating elements such as traps, maze, and a complex structure to outbuild and outwit the opposing teams. -BERNAMA