UKM emerges champion in Celcom XPAX e-games

The quest to find the best campus esports team for the second semester of the Celcom XPAX Campus Esports Championship (KEK) 2019 came to an end when Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) contingent became the overall champion and brought home a scholarship worth RM50,000 sponsored by
Celcom XPAX in the Grand Final round which took place at The Curve, Damansara yesterday.

The overall winner prize was presented by Steven Sim Chee Keong, the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. Also present were the
Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Digital Economic Corporation (MDEC), Dato’ Ng Wan Peng and Datuk Kamal Khalid, the Managing Director of Media Prima Berhad.

Participants at the e-games

Mobile Legends Bang Bang team from UKM, Ultra Instinct took home RM13,800 with medals. The UKM contingent managed to gather 320 points, represented by Madness Esports for the PUBG Mobile category.

UNIMAP Elementus’ from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP) took home a cash prize of RM10,800 with medals. At the grand finale yesterday, the organiser also announced Semester 3 of the tournament which will take place next year.

An aerial view

At the grand finale which began on Friday, November 22 2019, 32 top teams from over 29 campuses showcased their best in two major categories, Mobile Legends Bang Bang and PUBG Mobile for a cash prize worth RM 180,000.

XPAXKEK is the first esports competition to offer a RM87,000 Honda Jazz Hybrid car to its live stream audience where Muhammad Farid Rahim was chosen as the winner of the most creative slogan contest based on the secret code released by Honda Malaysia throughout the XPAXKEK this season.

This is the second time Media Prima Digital and Celcom Axiata Berhad hosted this campus esports championships featuring some of the best higher learning institutions in the nation. Organised by the MyGameOn game portal, in collaboration with their esports partner Kitamen.

XPAXKEK Semester 2 began its series of exploration to find the best teams from the local higher learning institutions in every zone, starting from Borneo (University of Sarawak Sarawak, UNIMAS ), the southern zone (Paradigm Mall, Johor), the central zone (UiTM Peak Nature, Selangor), the northern zone (University of Science Malaysia, USM) and ended with the east coast zone (Kuantan City Mall, Pahang).

The chief executive officer of Media Prima Digital, Rafiq Razali said “We are absolutely overwhelmed with the positive responses received during the second semester of #XPAXKEK.

“We can see the growth of Malaysia’s esports ecosystem especially with the presence of so many young talented players. As a media organization, we are proud to be able to play a part in supporting government’s healthy gaming initiatives thus the born of #XPAXKEK. Not to forget, the most important support from our fellow sponsors especially Celcom XPAX in realizing this dream.”

Meanwhile, Mr Danny Chew, Chief Officer of Consumer & Home Business Officer KD Celcom Axiata Berhad said” As a youth brand that always provides the best service, we want to continue to inspire young people by supporting their interests and involvement in esports.

“The collaboration between Media Prima and Celcom in the second semester of #XPAXKEK is one of our joint initiatives in providing a platform for the youth to challenge themselves and move forward with the technology and digital era. Lastly, we want to be the ultimate network provider in this fast-moving digital lifestyle of fellow Malaysians.

“Other than PUBG Mobile & Mobile Legends, there was also an open tournament of CS:GO game,organised by Legion by Lenovo in a mission to provide the best esports experience through its gaming appliances where the winner will take home the latest set of gaming laptop, Y7000 by Legion from Lenovo.

XPAXKEK this semester also welcomes the return of two of the best esports commentators Radzi “Ikuto” Rahman and Adam “Spartanker” Faiz where they will be giving their solid reviews for Mobile Legends Bang Bang.

Visitors got the chance to try out other games available at XPAXKEK through the “KEK TRIAL” and “KEK ARKED” segments that offered up to RM
6,000 worth of Lazada vouchers! Other prizes included a 3 Realme 5 Pro smartphones, 3 sets of L24E-20 LED Backlit LCD Monitor and Lenovo’s Ideacentre 510S Legion, OYO Hotel vouchers, Lazada vouchers and
many other exciting gifts.

Similar to the previous location, the public were entertained in #KEKJAM with great performances from our local artists Nabila Razali, Ara Johari, Naim Daniel, Ismail Izzani, Ernie Zakri and Amir Hassan. This time around, the XPAX X-ASSINS that appeared in the Professional League of Mobile Legends (MPL) Season 4 made a special appearance.

The esports tournament also injected educational elements by featuring discussion and sharing sessions with some players of the industry through the ‘Sembang Gamers’ slot. Students who were interested in esports and the gaming industry participated in all these activities.

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