The list of the official esports titles for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was finally revealed weeks after the announcement of its inclusion to the region’s biannual event.
Philippines South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PhilSGOC) and official esports partner Razer revealed four more game titles to be included in the six total esports medal events for the SEA Games. In their formal reveal last November, only Moonton’s Mobile Legends: Bang Bang was the confirmed title for the mobile platform.
It was also noted that the six events will be divided to three categories – PC, Mobile and Console platforms with each having two titles to be played.
The shortlist of esports titles included for the 2019 SEA Games are as follows:
Dota 2 – Valve Corp.
Starcraft II – Blizzard Entertainment
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang – Moonton
Arena of Valor – Tencent
Tekken 7 – Bandai Namco
According to the announcement, the last title for console is still in evaluation and will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.
PhilSGOC Executive Director Ramon Suzara is ecstatic about their progress with publishers and partners.
"We are thrilled to see the momentum that our partnership with Razer has achieved in such a short period of time. We are working with all involved publishers and partners to lock down the titles within the next few weeks, and look forward to watching the region's best esports athletes face off in the arena next year."
Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan noted the significance of the medal events for esports, stating that the “shortlisting of six games in such a short time is evidence that the notion of esports as a legitimate sporting event is no longer a fad.”
"In the three weeks since we announced esports as a medal event at SEA Games 2019, we've seen a phenomenal level of interest from all segments of the industry, most of all game publishers.”
The 2019 SEA Games to be held in the Philippines will be the first ever Olympic event that will feature esports as a medal event. Last year, the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia launched esports as a demonstration sport. This development is seen by Asian E-Sports Federation (AESF) Director-General Sebastian Lau as a monumental leap for the recognition of esports.
"Esports is the sport of the future. We are glad to partner with PHISGOC in bringing esports to Southeast Asia."
Esports Ad-hoc Committee Joebert Yu also hinted that the success of esports in SEA Games can pave way for more sporting events to recognize and add esports to their offerings as well.
"It is a truly inspiring development for esports, and we will do our best to set a good precedent and to pave the way for many more esports events in future sporting events"
The 2019 SEA Games will take place from November 30 to December 11 in the Philippines.
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