Next year SEA Games 2019 that will be held in the Philippines will set a new history for eSports. For the first time, eSports will be contested as a medal eligible event in this major event. Surely this is also one step further from this year’s Asian Games, where eSports only contested as a demo event.
But when it’s first announced, we didn’t know exactly what are the titles that will be contested. Only one of the most popular mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), Mobile Legends: Bang Bang was already confirmed. The committee also confirmed that there will be six titles to be contested. So, the rest of them remained a mystery.
After several weeks of discussion, now the mystery has been finally revealed. Philippines South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and Razer already revealed the other titles that will join Mobile Legends in this multi-year event. The game titles are Dota 2, Starcraft 2, Tekken 7, and Arena of Valor.
Since there will be six games to be contested, a room for another title is still available. The last title will be announced soon in the next few weeks.
“We are thrilled to see the momentum that our partnership with Razer has achieved in such a short period of time,” said PHISGOC Executive Director Ramon Suzara according to the official statement via ESPN. “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,” he continued.
“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,” said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.
“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. We look forward to having more partners come on board and join us in defining a new generation of sporting heroes for the youth and millennials,” he continued.
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. It was also announced that teams of both men and women will be open to participating.
Predicting the last title
Since there’s no sports game title in this confirmed list, traditional-sports based game most likely will secure the last slot. Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) might be the possible choice because it was also contested in the last Asian Games 2018 and fully supported by Konami. Another reason is it can’t be denied that football is one of the most popular sports in Southeast Asia.
The basketball video game also has a good possibility to be included in this list. Basketball is the most popular sports in the Philippines, and their national team is one of the strongest team in SEA. Before this official announcement, it is rumored that NBA2K will be included in this list. So, let see if the game will make its way through the official eSports title in the SEA Games 2019.
It has been announced that eSports will be a medal-eligible sport in SEA Games 2019. Razer will be the official partner for this event.
It’s already confirmed that each platform will be represented by two titles. We already have Mobile Legends and Arena of Valor for mobile; Starcraft 2 and Dota 2 for PC; and until now, only Tekken 7 for the console. So, definitely, the last title will join Tekken 7 as the official console game in this event.
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