The Southeast Asian Games will see the full-fledged inclusion of esports as an official medal event in its 30th iteration in 2019, host country Philippines announced.
The announcement was made by Philippines South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PhilSGOC) Chairman Emeritus Alan Peter Cayetano along with the Philippine Olympic Committee and PhilSGOC official esports partner Razer this Wednesday.
The partnership will bring in six medal events for various esports titles split to three platforms – PC, console and mobile.
As of posting, mobile MOBA game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has been the lone title confirmed for the biannual meet, but the organizers are set to finalize the other titles by December 15.
MOBA games Dota 2 and League of Legends, which have massive success in the host country and at the region as well are expected to make the cut although SEA Games Federation committee chair Celso Dayrit reiterated that chosen games “should not promote the culture of violence and gambling”.
Committee member Alvin Juban stated that there will be no direct invites for the SEA Games. Instead, representatives will be chosen via national qualifiers that are open to amateurs and pro gamers.
Cayetano is ecstatic about the new venture that debuts in the Philippines.
“We are very thrilled, excited, and honored to have esports in the SEA Games with Razer as a partner. Gamers are an important part of our community… Gamers are an important part of our community”
Razer Chief Strategy Officer Limeng Lee added that next year’s SEA Games can breed new esports athletes that can sooner compete at bigger tournaments.
"This will bring aspiring esports athletes in Southeast Asia to the global stage."
Esports had already made it to the 2018 Asian Games at Indonesia as a demonstration sport, but it’s the first time that it will be a medal event in sporting events under the International Olympic Committee.
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