Informatics Academy Inks Partnership with SCOGA as Part of Efforts to Propel Singaporean Gamers to New Frontier
From left: Matthias Beyer, Partnerships Lead, Southeast Asia at Twitch; Dennis Ooi, Honorary Secretary of (Singapore) Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA); Kelvin Tan, President and Co-Founder of SCOGA; Nicholas Khoo, Chairman and Co-Founder of SCOGA; Raiford Cockfield III, Director of APAC Partnerships at Twitch; Dr Charles Ling, Chief Operating Officer, Informatics Education
The growing market value of esports overseas has prompted (Singapore) Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) to sign Informatics Academy, along Twitch, and NUS & Emosis Pte Ltd, with which will open a new vista for Singapore’s gaming community. This move will identify and train gamers like professional athletes and develop career opportunities for locals to be commentators, trainers and coaches for the whole gaming industry.
Kelvin Tan, President and Co-founder of SCOGA, said: “In our Esports Academy, we use competitive video games to teach skills such as leadership, team work and communications. We hope that this prepares them for the jobs of the future and help them achieve their aspirations. Recently, one of our academy trainees, Justin Bersamin drew more than 4,000 total views per session while streaming. Daryl Koh aka iceiceice, the top Singaporean earner in esports has won over US$1 million in prize money.”
The Esports Academy, supported by the National Youth Council, aims to build a career path for Singapore gaming enthusiasts by providing training to more than 2,000 Singapore youths in various aspects of esports, peak performance and soft skills. It will engage more than 50,000 youths initially through game festivals, events and academy programmes.
SCOGA signs MOU with Informatics Academy today to launch an Esports Academy
Informatics, being one of the leaders in IT education, sees an opportunity in this growing esports industry and believes that good resource and management can help Singapore reap the benefits efficiently.
Dr Charles Ling, Chief Operating Officer of Informatics Education Ltd, said: “We recognise the potential growth of the esports industry on a global scale and there is a possibility of making a career out of it. Informatics’ approach to grooming future talents is to provide a nurturing environment and learning opportunities. Our partnership with SCOGA on the Esports Academy will help to identify talent pools to build professional career paths and develop them to become e-athletes of world-class standard.”
Click here to view full press release on the Esport Academy Launch.