The Gaming brand ‘Razer’ lobbied for the inclusion of Esports in the 2021 South Asian Games. Fortunately it paid off as the biggest Esports news, Esports has been added as a medal event again to the next year’s 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. Following the success of professional video gaming at the Games and the positive feedback, it received from the regional community. The approval is done during the SEAGF executive committee online meeting, the 2021 SEA Games are scheduled for November 21 to December 2 in Hanoi, The 2021 South East Asian (SEA) Games approved 4 out of 6 sports that the Philippines requested to be included in the 31st staging of the regional biennial meet in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Esports and jiu-jitsu – which debuted in the country’s hosting of the 2019 South East Asian Games – along with triathlon and bowling were given a thumbs up by the Vietnam SEA Games Organizing Committee.
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“I am grateful to the Vietnam Organizing Committee for approving our request for the inclusion of these 4 sports,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.
There will be six games that will featured in the esports category, but only three have been announced so far – Dota 2, Arena of Valor, and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES).
Weng Kean, who is known under the pseudonym wkyew90, the country’s sole SEA Games gold medallist in the sport, had expected Vietnam to choose the games in which they have an advantage to win medals. The growth of eSports in South-East Asia is inevitable, according to Yew Weng Kean.
Last year’s edition in the Philippines also featured six games, namely Starcraft II, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Arena of Valor, and Tekken 7.
The Philippines bagged three gold medals, one silver, and one bronze medal in esports during the 2019 SEA Games held in the country. This time around we are sure to see a strong performance in Dota2 from the Philippines. We are yet to see the other 3 esports to be included in the SEA games.
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