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Thailand’s top gamers to fight for Bt1m prizemoney in AIS league
Oct 16. 2020Pofessor Suchatvee Suwansawat, (left) president of both KMITL and Benjaporn Kamphet, (2nd from right), Head of Special Segment & Prepaid Section at AIS,
By THE NATION
Mobile operator AIS will launch the AIS 5G eSports U-League 2020 next month, opening a platform for Thailand’s hardcore gamers to hone their skills and perhaps one day conquer the lucrative professional scene.
The largest national competition at university level will see gamers from over 250 unis battle for more than Bt1 million in prizemoney, with action kicking off on November 7.
King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) will host the competition. Also onboard are the University Sports Board of Thailand (USBT) and Thai Samsung Electronics.
“KMITL is focused on cutting-edge learning and encouraging students to apply technology to learning,” said Professor Suchatvee Suwansawat, president of both KMITL and the University Sport Board of Thailand.
AIS 5G eSports U-League 2020 is open to applications from student teams to compete in three popular games: FIFA Online4, Minecraft and ROV, until October 31.
After the selection competition, the league will run from November 7-19.
The final will be held on November 23-24 at AIS eSports Studio in Bangkok.
Ms.Benjaporn Kamphet, Head of Special Segment & Prepaid Section at AIS, noted, “Sports competitions are another activity helping to develop Soft Skills, from the perspective of instilling awareness of passion and unity among students, on top of the technical knowledge or Hard Skills which they get in the classroom,” she said.
“This also encourages networking between students to incubate their intelligence and wisdom, as well as providing new professional opportunities in the modern world. “However, the pandemic crisis this year has resulted in University games being adapted to be online competitions of eSports, the digital Sports of the new generation, as a singular sport for competition. Aside from the enjoyment of the players, they also develop skills and competence in strategic analysis or Critical Thinking, which is fully in line with modern lifestyles, alongside new professional opportunities in the digital world,” she added.