As you might have already known from our previous article, eSports will be one of the sports to be included in the SEA Games 2019 in the Philippines. Recently, it was confirmed that eSports in SEA Games 2019 will be not only a demonstration event (like in the previous Asian Games 2018), but also a medal-eligible sport for the participants.
The announcement was made in a press conference in Pasay City, the Philippines on November 28, 2018. This announcement was held by the Philippines South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PhilSGOC) in partnership with the Philippine Olympic Committee and gaming hardware company Razer.
It was also announced that Razer is the official eSports partner of the 30th edition of SEA Games 2019.
As the official eSports partner of SEA Games 2019, Razer will draw upon its expertise and experience in eSports, as well as its ecosystem of hardware, software, and services to support the eSports tournament at SEA Games 2019.
“The Philippines is the first host country to stage an eSports tournament as a medal event. This lends credence to professional gaming as a true world-class sporting contest, as it engages a new generation of gaming fans,” said Alan Peter Cayetano, PhilSGOC Chairman according to the official press release. “Razer is a pioneer and a prime mover in eSports, and we cannot ask for a better partner in this historic journey,” Cayetano added.
“Esports has been the essence of Razer ever since we were founded, and we have supported countless global events, tournaments, teams, and athletes over the past decade and a half,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “The sportsmanship and fighting spirit seen in eSports is no less than that of other sports, and we’ve fought hard for its inclusion in an international sporting event like the SEA Games 2019,” he continued.
Six gold medals for three platforms
The committee also announced that six gold medals will be awarded for eSports at SEA Games 2019. The six gold medals will divide into three platforms: two for the console, two for PC, and two for mobile. This means that there will be six games contested at SEA Games 2019.
But for now, only one game has confirmed to be a part of the event. It is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, a mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) developed and published by Moonton. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is one of the most popular games in the Philippines, as well as other Southeast Asia countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.
“SEA Games 2019 is the perfect platform to propel Mobile Legends: Bang Bang into the big leagues, given our strong user base here as well as the region’s fast-growing youth and millennial population,” said Justin Yuan, CEO and co-founder of Moonton Games.
“Razer’s role as the official eSports partner gives us confidence that the tournament will be nothing short of phenomenal. We look forward to seeing Southeast Asia’s best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang players face off against each other,” he continued.
Another major event confirms that eSports are ready to be part of them. It is SEA Games 2019 that will be held in the Philippines next year.
The final line-up of titles to be contested at SEA Games 2019 will be revealed in the next few months. But some source expected that it will be finalized by December 2018. According to the committee, the final line-up should be aligned with the values of the International Olympic Committee that it should not promote the culture of violence and gambling.
There is no direct invite to the established eSports players to participated in this event. Each country’s delegate will be selected through qualifying tournaments that will be announced at later date.
Top image source: Nikkei