Malaysia's first national Minecraft tournament to develop young talent

Cyberview’s Living Lab Talent in Cyberjaya promotes collaborative learning and development through gamification.

By AvantiKumar
Dec. 1, 2016

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Malaysia's first national Minecraft tournament for young talent to promote collaborative learning and development has been organised by Cyberjaya's tech enabler Cyberview.

Cyberview managing director Dato' Faris Yahaya said the tournament - Gem Play - is part of Cyberview Living Lab Talent's efforts, which are "aligned with transforming Cyberjaya into a sandbox for Malaysian innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups."

"This tournament encourages collaborative learning, development, and sharing through games and coding for young talents," said Faris. "Seeing these kids participating in the games today shows how important it is to nurture these bright young minds, especially when we as a nation are working towards the development of Malaysia's digital economy."

"Minecraft is a game that encourages creativity through critical thinking and through this tournament, we aim to create a Minecraft Community which would further solidify Cyberjaya and Malaysia as an up and coming market in the ICT and creative industry," he said.

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Photo - Team Epsilon came in 1st place for the team-based tournament 'GEM Castle'. The team comprised of members Muhammad Andrian Nazriel B. Khairul Nazman, Muhammad Johan Arief, Muhammad Firdaus B. Md Nasir, and Muhammad Ilyas B. Muhamad Hasbullah

The tournament, which attracted 150 participants from around the country, aged between 8 to 16 years old, consisted of two parts: the singles tournament and the team tournament.

Hunger Games

Faris said that participants had a choice to compete in 'Survival on GEM Island' or 'GEM Castle'. The former ran on a round robin format, separating the fittest and smartest to become champions in the finals. This game, inspired by 'Hunger Games' required players to defeat their opponents while avoiding death themselves. While this game was a singles game which requires participants to think and act individually,

'GEM Castle' is the first team-based Minecraft game in a tournament. Each team, which consisted of four players, was required to build a castle with elements such as traps, maze, and a structure to out build and outwit the opposing teams.

According to the GEM chairman, "This tournament acts as a get-together to foster healthy competition among Minecrafters in a creative environment. This also gives young talents the opportunity to build their competency as an individual and within a team."