One of the biggest news items to come out of the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games being held in The Philippines next year is that eSports will be one of the official medal events, alongside the more traditional sports. With the event drawing nearer, 5 out of 6 the eSports games titles have been announced by The Philippine Southeast Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and Razer – the global gaming hardware manufacturer.
The titles are: DOTA 2, Starcraft 2, Tekken 7, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Arena of Valor. The sixth title is still under evaluation and will be announced soon.
“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. “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 added: “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 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.”
The 2019 SEA Games will take place in The Philippines across many cities, including Manila, Clark, among others. The games will commence on November 20th and conclude on December 11th.