FIRST PROFESSIONAL ESPORTS TEAM ‘CHAOS THEORY’ LAUNCHES IN SINGAPORE
Singapore’s first fully-professional esports team sets its sights on professionalising the esports industry with CPF, medical benefits and world-class player development
SINGAPORE, 2 September 2017 – The launch of the first-of-its-kind esports organisation Chaos Theory was announced in Singapore today. Founded by industry experts Drew Holt-Kentwell and Singaporean Hai Ng, the newest kid on the esports block is set to revolutionise the esports landscape in South-east Asia, and pave the way for the next generation of esports professionals in both competitive gaming and behind-the-scenes management. Aimed at being a powerhouse multi-gaming professional team in Southeast Asia, the Singapore-based Chaos Theory prides itself on providing support to budding esports teams that will help them grow, manage and monetise themselves via a mix of training and development, work experience and various sponsorship opportunities.
The rapid expansion of the esports industry in recent years is unparalleled. The industry’s worth is forecasted to reach USD$1.1 billion before the end of 2017, with Asia accounting for more than USD$328.6M. There are 200,000 esports enthusiasts in Singapore, which is 5.1% share of the total online population. With its unrivalled technological infrastructure and advantageous geographical location, Singapore is well-poised to become an esports capital.
Founder Drew Holt-Kentwell, an esports veteran of 11 years and former Head of Global Esports at Razer, is confident that the setup of the organisation will bring unprecedented benefits to professional esport gamers in Singapore and beyond. “The esports industry is exploding, and there is a huge talent pool here with untapped potential. Chaos Theory was set up to establish new professional standards for the industry, and change the way esports teams in South-east Asia are seen and run. We want to equip esports professionals with the experience and skills that they need, to cultivate world-class players and show that a career in esports is viable,” he said.
Chaos Theory will offer full employment contracts for players competing at the top of their disciplines for monetary prize pools. Benefits include pension fund contributions, attractive private medical healthcare for members, and a keen focus on specialist game and strategy coaching, alongside other benefits from partners and sponsors such as food delivery service Foodpanda, leading medical concierge Zero Dot One, Corsair, Sector Six Apparel, and Singaporean LAN café chain Colosseum.
This is the first time esports players in Singapore will have similar employment benefits and opportunities to careers across other industries – a step in the right direction to truly professionalising the sector. Zero Dot One, for example, will be providing extensive access to an injury management program to help stave off injuries such as carpal tunnel, which are widely associated with the intense hours professional gamers commit in training. All team members will benefit from physiotherapy sessions, and informative sessions to learn about strengthening, conditioning, and recovery, as well as to promote overall well-being.
Spearheaded by General Manager Zanthel Tan, a leading specialist in the local esports scene, Chaos Theory’s current stable of teams includes one Overwatch team and one League of Legends team, and it has no plans on slowing down – setting its sights on expanding their competitive teams into other games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Mobile Legends and Dota 2, as well as into countries within the region such as Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines in the near future.
From L-R: Jian Sheng “Sindrax” Ng; Vikash “Avik” Singh; Alston “Jervis” How; Haikail “Cup” Ong; Keith “Patootie” Yeo; Muhammed “Ajen” Nazryn.
The Overwatch team is headlined by seasoned players like Keith “Patootie” Yeo and Vikash “Avik” Singh, with years of competitive gaming experience in games like Blackshot and Point Blank; and most recently, Muhammed “Ajen” Nazryn and Haikail “Cup” Ong were flown to Poland to participate in Blizzard's Overwatch World Cup event. The Overwatch team also most recently picked up first place at national Malaysian tournament, "JOM Main Online" without dropping a game, beating opponents 3-0, 4-0, 4-0.
From L-R,: Su Yun “bunnysu” Lim; Jia Hui “Araxie” Chan; Bernice “aesteria” Ngiam; Ke Xin “bunnosaur” Zhang; Mei Yu “Lyris” Tan; Lin Lin “Astrid” Ong.
The all-female League of Legends Chaos Theory team, formerly known as “Battle Bunnies”, is made up of six young upstarts with extensive SEA tournament experience. Said team captain Zhang Ke Xin, “We’re grateful to pioneer this exciting new venture with Chaos Theory. It’s encouraging that there is a support system in place, that will help us get closer to a fully-fledged professional esports career.”
About Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory is a professional esports team with roots at the heart of South-east Asia. Proudly headquartered in Singapore, the team was established with the goal of pioneering truly professional team esports in the region, championing the best practices in commitment to play, sportsmanship, brand marketing, social media, partner relations, and the development of esports in South-east Asia as a whole.
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