– ‘Esports leading the charge from Asia: capturing Gen Z attention’
by Nicholas Khoo
Nicholas Khoo co-founded Singapore’s Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) in 2008 and most recently served as its Chairman until September 2020. He has most recently been appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board to Esports Entertainment Asia Pte Ltd and key collaborator for the M2 World Championship, flying in gamers from 8 countries to Singapore in 2021 to battle it out at Shangri-La Singapore to an audience of 400 million gamers globally.
In the past 2 years, an estimated 100,000 participants from 13 countries have turned up for SCOGA events live in person with more than 8 million unique online viewers. These events included Asian Games Singapore Qualifiers for Esports, Campus Game Fest, Asian Football Gaming Championship Grand Finals, Garena AOV Cup (SEA Group), and the Singapore Qualifiers for Alibaba Esports’ World Electronic Sports Games.
Besides serving on the board of tech and media companies, he is also Advisor to the board of the Global Esports Federation who counts Tencent as Global Founding Partner.
Nicholas has also been invited to judge the ASEAN Youth Creative Industry Fair and led a national delegation to the Nanjing Youth Olympics on the invitation of China’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong.
Having led a regional team for Visa supporting major banks, tech giants and airlines across Asia manage their risks in digital transactions using big data and machine learning, Nicholas served on Visa’s Asia Pacific Merchant Sales & Solutions Leadership Team from 2013 to 2016.
Nicholas is a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society which recently launched the Artificial Intelligence Ethics & Governance Body of Knowledge