eSports officially debuts in 2019 SEA Games
Last updated on March 26th, 2019
eSports, a fast-rising form of competitive video gaming, is gaining traction in the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).
Just like any other sport, eSports would hold a regular event in the 11-nation games that the Philippines will be hosting next year. Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) chair Alan Peter Cayetano stated this during the press event held at Marriot Hotel at Resorts World Manila in Paranaque City.
eSports: It’s now recognized as a global professional sport
Phisgoc Char Cayetano said, “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.”
According to Cayetano, “Those who play eSports are athletes like everyone else in the delegation.”
“It’s a regular sport and officially we want them (eSports players) to be treated like any other athlete in the SEA Games.”
Razer, world’s leading brand in eSports, would be the official eSports partner for 2019 SEA Games.
Phisgoc Chairman said: “We are very thrilled, excited and honored to have eSports in the SEA Games with Razer as a partner.”
Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan would impart their vast expertise and experience in eSports providing support through its hardware, software and other general services for the biennial meet to be held from November 30-December 10 of 2019.
“The sportsmanship and fighting spirit is seen in eSports is no less than that of other sports and we have fought hard for its inclusion in an international sporting event like the SEA Games 2019,” said Tan.
Six Gold Medal up for grabs across three gaming platforms – two for Console Games, two for Personal Computer Games and two for Mobile Games.
Veteran gamer Joebert Yu plans to organize a national tournament where the best of the best would be handpicked for the national pool representing the Philippines.
Present during the press conference were Philippine SEA Games Chef de Mission Monsour Del Rosario, PHILSGOC Executive Director Ramon Suzara, and SEAG Federation Executive Committee Chair Celso Dayrit.
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