In addition to being one of the most powerful South East Asian leaders, Lee Hsien Loong seems to be on the way to dominate the gaming world as well, after learning some tricks in the famous MOBA DOTA 2
Well, we may be a bit exaggerating here when saying that he was smashing some noobs, but the Singaporean prime minister had actually learned and played DOTA 2 during his visit to Yio Chu Kang Community Club’s Yio Game On event.
In addition to opening doors to all visitors to try out video games, the event also held a number of esports tournaments in games including Mobile Legends and Clash Royale. However, the main event was definitely Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s participation in DOTA 2 educational class organized by SCOGA eSports academy.
We may not see Prime Minister Lee in any future tournaments as a professional player, but he has now became more knowledgeable about the world of esports and its importance, especially with players attending SEA Games this year.
The event also included challenges in the Pokemon trading cards game, which the prime minister was surprisingly aware of stating that his children used to play Pokemon all the time when they were teenagers.
A politician of this size acknowledging a video games event is something we are not used to really, and is something we need more of with the growing importance of esports becoming a $1 billion industry this year, with huge prizes in the millions of dollars In different games.
Although the Singaporean community has a lot of potential on the Asian scene, it has suffered in the past from society looking down on gamers, something that has begun to change gradually recently, and the visit of Prime Minister Lee will certainly help.