Razer’s CEO, Min-Liang Tan, has made a commitment to Esports in Singapore to donate $10 million over the course of next year. Of note, Razer is the official esports partner of SEA Games.
The news was seen in a Facebook post, apparently in response to a letter in the Strait Times by Juliana Foo.
Foo claimed she found it difficult to accept esports as a medal sport at this year’s SEA Games. No matter that Singapore is represented by a respected group of esports games such as Dota 2, Starcraft and Hearthstone.
In her words,
“…athletes rigorously, abide by a strict diet and hone their physical prowess and that gaming falls short in these aspects.”
That’s quite some criticism, but Tan was not deterred. He is actually grateful for government and public support for Razer. He said, also in a Facebook post, that he is still a Singaporean citizen despite having founded the company in the US.
In the same post, Tan made reference to Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing’s comments in Parliament on 4 September. He is pleased to recognize the government initiatives in support of esports in Singapore.
He reminds us that the company is one of the largest esports brands in the world. His pledge for local esports will
“…supporting esports teams in Singapore as well as investing in gaming/esports companies in Singapore or founded by Singaporeans.”
Furthermore, personally as a Singaporean, tan is looking forward to giving back and doing more for his country.