Singapore-based esports talent management agency, EMERGE Esports, officially launched on Monday (16 November), with an initial roster of over 40 esports athletes and personalities with an aim to foster further growth in the country’s esports scene.
EMERGE’s stable of talents at launch include German Dota 2 streamer Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier, Singaporean Dota legend Benedict “hyhy” Lim, professional Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) player Robert “Oh Deer Bambi” Boon, and cosplayer XIAOYUKIKO, among others.
The agency also manages Kingsmen, one of Singapore’s rising teams, which currently competes in titles such as MLBB, Valorant, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile.
EMERGE was launched with the intent “to boost the growth of the esports ecosystem in Singapore by providing aspiring and existing esports talents with the tools and opportunity to succeed in the industry,” the agency said in a statement.
“We are excited to be part of this journey which will pave the path for many youngsters and gaming enthusiasts to pursue a career in the esports industry. We would like to establish an ecosystem that nurtures all budding talents in this field and not just the esports athletes," said EMERGE Chief Gaming Officer Pang Xue Jie.
Pang, a former national athlete who won a gold medal in table tennis in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games before retiring in 2018, also shared his optimism on the prospect of esports’ further growth, saying “it will not be a surprise if esports surpasses traditional sports in revenue in the near future".
"Esports is competing closely with traditional sports, garnering millions in revenue each year. Gaming has evolved beyond a hobby for many and we believe the launch has come at an opportune time,” he added.
Singapore is one of the biggest hubs for esports in Southeast Asia, with multiple players competing in the highest level in different esports titles hailing from the country.
Just this Sunday (15 November), North American esports organisation Evil Geniuses announced the signing of veteran Singaporean Dota 2 player, Daryl “iceiceice” Koh.
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