Team Malaysia Withdraws from Overwatch World Cup
It is with my deepest regret to announce that Team Malaysia will NOT be participating in this year's Overwatch World Cup.
Despite efforts made to rally support and raise the required funds from relevant parties, we have failed to meet the target in order to send our boys to compete in the tournament, set to be held at BlizzCon 2019.
Requests of assistance from several national companies in hopes of lessening our travel and financial burden were flatly turned down, and the support promised by the country's sports governing body - whilst initially was encouraging - ultimately failed as we were informed last minute that the funds allocated (half of what we initially asked for) will only be available by the time the Overwatch World Cup 2019 ends.
I would like to thank everyone who has shown their support for the team since inception and I hope this continues well into the future. We have a very promising esports circuit here in Malaysia, filled with enthusiastic and talented individuals, in dire need of proper governance and management from policy makers.
I also implore that the funds promised to this team by the KBS to be carried forward for use to prepare Team Malaysia for next year's competition, as well as growth of the Overwatch community in Malaysia.
Rest assured that we will fulfil all orders placed for the alternate jerseys that were sold as part of the team's fundraising drive. Pick-up is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday at a soon-to-be confirmed location in and around Petaling Jaya.
As a final word, I'd like to thank our Committee Members - Our Community Lead, Intan and our Head Coach Nigel - for their professionalism and understanding throughout, our players for their dedication and effort put in, the volunteers who selflessly contributed to the team and supporters who never gave up on us. We may have stumbled this time around, but rest assured a clutch rez is just around the corner.
If you have any questions, you may contact our twitter account here @malaysiaowwc or @kennleandre
Heroes never die.
Team Malaysia Overwatch World Cup 2019