Link Net has launched First Warriors, a special in-house esports channel on the First Media cable TV service, set to start airing in October. (B1 Photo/Emral Firdiansyah)

First Media Launches Gaming Competition to Promote Indonesia's First Esport TV Channel

BY : NUR YASMIN

AUGUST 22, 2019

Jakarta. Cable television and internet service providers First Media and Link Net launched a gaming competition on Thursday to promote First Warriors, Indonesia's first TV channel dedicated to esports.

The companies are collaborating with the Indonesia Esports Association (IESPA) to establish an esports ecosystem. There will be auditions in Jakarta, Medan, Batam, Surabaya, Semarang and Bandung for players to compete in Free Fire, a game that is currently trending.

The companies expect to produce young esport talent for the global stage.

"We see mobile gaming is trending worldwide and in Indonesia, and Free Fire is currently popular. So we are partnering with Free Fire for this first season," said Ferliana Suminto, content and esports director at Link Net.

"We will also launch an in-house special esports channel called First Warriors on channel #999 on the First Media cable-TV service, which will start airing in October. This channel will bring more than 1,000 hours of gaming and esports content. This is also aimed at supporting the game ecosystem in Indonesia," Felina said.

"First Warriors will be the main platform for an esport competition. There is a lot of undiscovered talent and we are looking for them. We will coach the finalists and provide them with psychological support," said Victor Indajang, deputy chief executive of Link Net.

To support the competition, First Media has included a First Warriors channel in its POP Game Xpert cable-TV and broadband internet package for gamers. The cost of the internet bundle, which includes merchandise, starts from Rp 300,000 ($21).

"The concept is very fresh, and we are fully supporting First Media in rolling out this program; we hope they can provide esport gamers with facilities to develop them," said William Cahyadi, deputy chairman of IESPA.

Registration for the competition is already open and auditions will take place during September and October, with about 15,000 players expected to participate. Forty-eight finalists will be selected and coached to form a professional team that will compete for a total prize of Rp 1.3 billion in the grand finale. There will also be an opportunity for the eight best players to join First Raiders, the official esports team.

Gamers interested in auditioning for the competition can apply here.

The Jakarta Globe, First Media and Link Net are all affiliated with the Lippo Group.

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