The SHINE x *SCAPE Talent Development Programme: Esports, is an initiative led by the National Youth Council with the aims of aspiring youths in Singapore to pursue to their dreams and careers in esports.
Shielded from the sweltering afternoon sun, 20 players, 4 player managers and 3 commentators aged 17 to 23 gathered at Downtown East Colosseum to show their potential. While there are always League of Legends competitions for players to participate, a structured mentorship programme for players, coaches and commentators is the first of its kind here in Singapore. Leading up to a show match during this year’s SHINE Festival, all mentees will get their chance to put what they’ve learned into action.
Organised into 4 teams of five, players switched around to form different groups for three best-of-one games. Live streamed from the venue, commentators jumped in to shoutcast the games. Before and after, the player managers cum coaches were seen briefing and debriefing teams. In between, mentors chipped in, scribbling down notes as they assessed each candidate.
As with the culture of Asian esports where coaching and managing players are usually led by the same person, the selected Player Manager will learn about these dynamics from current League of Legends Coach Amanda ‘Tania Mae’ Tan and Zanthel Tan, former manager of Singapore Dota 2 team First Departure. In the commentating department headed by Garena shoutcaster Jenny ‘Reira’ Lee, the two commentators will learn to build rapport and support each other in casting as a dynamic duo.
Stay tuned for more updates as the mentees progress in the coming weeks!