The Malta eSports Association or MESA as it is more popularly known was announced in the first week of December 2016. The Association came to fruition following the hard work of several professional players and prominent figures.
In the words of Gauci, Malta eSports Association president :
MESA became a reality because of the support of all the Maltese video-gamers that wanted to see a change for the better in the local esports scene.” This word of thanks was also extended to their families who, instead of acting as deterrents, are starting to appreciate how much this industry has to offer.
EsportsInsider recently got in touch with MESA representatives and had a small talk with them regarding their future and the prospects for MESA. Here are some excerpts :
The MESA was formed recently to help grow esports in Malta, and Maltese players internationally. Who is involved, what are their backgrounds and what are the primary aims for 2017?
We’ve got a good mix of local community admins and organisations. The founding members have been in the local scene for a number of years, some having around 9 to 10 years of working with the community and hosting events.
We’ve discussed the possibility of holding workshops, training camps, a national league and also branching out to offer help related to streaming and video editing. MESA is not just here for the players, it’s here for the whole industry, and we intend to stick to that as much as possible.
Which of the esports communities is the most established in Malta? Is it more a PC or console nation?
For consoles, FIFA takes the biscuit. On PC, it’s LoL by a long way, followed by Overwatch and thirdly CS.
How can Malta seek to compete ‘as a destination for esports events and large scale tournaments’?
A lot of foreign nationals come here to learn English over the summer months, so in terms of entertainment there’s a lot that Malta already offers. In the past, big football teams have used Malta as a boot camp prior to a competition, and there’s definitely no reason why that cannot be the case for esports.
The tax structure in Malta is also very favourable to sports-related income, and actually a lot of poker players are based in Malta for this reason. We’re certainly shooting for foreign esports clubs to set up shop here on a permanent basis, but that will come at a later stage, since we’d need to come to an agreement with government entities.