In the midst of the action for the Rainbow Six Pro League, we catch up with Joshua Huang. He’s the Esports Manager for Ubisoft SEA, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Read on for his insights!
Rainbow Six‘s Leagues will be targetting SEA next, more so after listening to Francois press on Asia’s importance. That isn’t their only title, though. Other titles like Brawlhalla, Just Dance, Track Mania, and Roller Champions are all esports candidates as well. The priority is on Rainbow Six, but opportunities for Just Dance in the Philippines and Thailand look open as well.
They’re currently reviewing potential events for Malaysia, from titles, events and hardware partnerships, since those brands will have events locally as well. No dancing for Malaysia quite yet, but the country is included in the Rainbow Six plans – one is already going to be in Thailand, with Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia in the works. Brawlhalla can likewise see similar attendance at fighting game events in the future.
Malaysia’s been hosting tournaments like the SEA Major and KL Major, and they’ve taken notice. Huang also repeats Francois’ sentiment on “Asia definitely being a place we will go to” besides Europe and the United States, so we can look forward to more offline events in the region not unlike the Japan Rainbow Six Pro League.
For those wanting to go pro in esports games, there are challenger leagues that you can try for before the bigger leagues. There’ll be cooperation with schools and game shows to help out these amateurs. Hardware partners can bring in the games and open them up to the general public at game shows and provide opportunities for these players. Malaysia could be seeing something like this in the future, as they roll out their Asia region plans.
What are you most looking forward to? Any plans to get your headstart in esports? Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.