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Malaysia now recognizes eSports as an official sport

Malaysia joins the US in officially recognizing eSports as a sport

By: Chris Smith from Feb 16, 2015 @ 23:26 CST

Following in the footsteps of the US, Malaysia has now officially recognized eSports as a professional sport - listing it under the Sports Commission of Malaysia.

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Reportedly kicked off due to their local team Orange eSports placing highly in Valve's 2013 International Dota2 tournament, eSports began receiving a lot of publicity throughout the nation. This push was majorly supported by Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin directly - eventually ending up with the ruling as seen today.

It hasn't always been smooth sailing, with Arrow Gaming being accused and found guilty of match fixing - but this controversy has further pushed the government towards this ruling, meaning that they can now directly control any issues that may occur in the future.

There will be an official media unveiling and announcement conducted on Wednesday January 28, at Dewan Perdana Felda.

Whether you think of eSports as legitimate or not, two major countries now officially do.

NEWS SOURCES:joindota.com