No stranger to the gaming scene since his commentary days, Jayf “Babael” Soh has since moved on to start his own esports team Resurgence to give back to the community that enabled him live his dream. With the rebranding of Resurgence to RSG, we talk to Jayf about his journey and how RSG plans to engage the community and is able to project an increase in revenue despite the economic downturn.
QN: From gaming to commentary, and now running an Esports company, how has the journey been for you so far?
The journey has been exhilarating for sure. I’ve been fortunate to be able to pursue my passion, to transform it into a viable career through the wave of growth in esports. Although every part of the journey is different and challenging in its own ways, I believe that these aspects really help me develop as a person.
QN: Would you ever consider going back to doing commentary?
I’ve always felt something special for the microphone. My current focus is to continue to grow and fully capitalize on the potential of RSG. Maybe when I am satisfied with the results of the company and if given the opportunity (and time), I’d love to go back to it at some point in my life.
QN: In a conservative country like Singapore, how do you think the landscape has changed to accept Esports as a valid occupation?
I believe esports has proven itself through numerous challenging phases. It was just less than 10 years ago that people were doubting if esports would ever fill stadiums. It was and is still being challenged as a sport and there remains a gap in perception and understanding about the gaming and esports industry to some extent. However, it is undoubtedly the fastest-growing segment of the entertainment industry, projecting to hit USD 2 billion by 2021. Singapore is slowly warming up to the potential of esports, plus I believe that Singapore is well positioned to harness the opportunities and actualize its position in esports. But that has to come with more education and shaping the perspectives of esports as a whole.
QN: In an economic downturn due to covid-19, RSG is instead projecting three-fold revenue increase, do you see this because of the world going digital and why?
We are fortunate that as the world grinds to a halt, esports has shouldered on. With a strong history in running events and tournaments online, esports did not have to transform as much as other more traditional industries. The pandemic has certainly accelerated the presence of esports and that as more brands and companies look towards engaging fans in the digital space, esports is naturally well-poised to capitalize on such prospects.
QN: Due to covid-19, engagement with audience will definitely take on a new normal, how are RSG’s strategic partnerships going to enhance its fan-first philosophy?
Our fans form the core of our business and we constantly look for ways to further enhance their experiences. An example is utilizing advancement in technology to provide unique experiences through the implementation of AR/VR. We believe that fans are an integral part of our success and providing them with the best environment and experience at every opportunity to enjoy esports through RSG will further accelerate our growth.
QN: What is one advice you can give to youths aspiring to be an Esports professional?
Be positive and take action on your passion. Esports is a nascent industry currently and most opportunities can only be found within the community. Therefore it is important to find ways to join the community, and build rapport by attending events and supporting the game that you like. For example, if you want to be a professional player, you’d need to get noticed, and one way is to take part in tournaments! While it may not be possible to win every time, the objective of a tournament is to gain experience. It is important to gain exposure, network and make friends as these will help you get to where you want to be in the esports industry.
Thank you Jayf for your time!
Official photo and video courtesy of RSG.
By Kenneth Wong
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