The full list of titles and venue for the Esports leg of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) have finally been revealed.
Joining the previously confirmed ‘Mobile Legends: Bang Bang‘ are Arena of Valor, DoTA 2, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Tekken 7. The competition will take place at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City and will begin on December 5, per the Games’ Esports site.
The PH National Team for Esports has also been named ‘Sibol‘ which is the Filipino word for ‘growth’. Qualifier rounds will take place during the month of August to determine who will make the team’s final roster.
Several Esports athletes have already been invited, including those from notable local teams such as TNC Predator, Cignal Ultra and Mineski. Gamers aged 13 and above are also welcome to the tryouts, as confirmed by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games E-sports Union (PSEU).
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I can still vividly remember all the times my mom yammered at me about how playing video games will never amount to anything. Turns out, she was wrong (still love you mom!)
E-sports is now officially considered a gold medal event at the 2019 SEA Games, as announced by both the DFA and the International Olympics Committee.
‘Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’ is the first confirmed title in the E-sports category which will see 6 games in total: 2 for mobile, 2 for PC, and 2 for the console.
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chair Alan Peter Cayetano explained the rationale behind the decision:
‘In this modern world, those who play esports are athletes like everyone else in the delegation. It’s a regular sport and officially we want esport players to be treated like any other athlete in the SEA Games.’
If you’re interested in joining the Philippine-based event next year, national qualifiers will be held in the country, altho the start dates have yet to be announced.