PhilSGOC Chairman Emeritus Alan Peter Cayetano (center) discusses in a news conference at Marriott Hotel in Pasay City the inclusion of esports in the 30th Southeast Asian Games next year. Also in the photo are Joebert Yu, SEA Games adhoc committee; Alvin Juban, SEA Games ad hoc committee; Monsour del Rosario, Chef de Mission; Ramon Suzara, Executive Director, PhilSGOC; Limeng Lee, Razer Inc.; Vincent Reyes, President TV5; Celso Dayrit, Chairman, SEAGF Executive Committee; and David Tse, Razer Inc. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Esports to debut in 2019 SEA Games

Date: November 29, 2018

Written By: Jean Russel V. David

Esports will be an official medal sport when the country hosts the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year, the Philippine organizing committee announced on Wednesday in a news conference at Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

The official announcement was made marking the partnership between the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PhilSGOC), Philippine Olympic Committee, and leading global lifestyle brand Razer that aims to legitimize esports as a world-class sporting contest.

Six gold medals are at stake for next year’s SEA Games, which will be split across three gaming methods — two for PC, two for mobile, and two for console.

“We are very honored to have esports in the official list of sports in the SEA Games and have Razer as our partner. This is an important milestone for the gaming community across the globe,” said PhilSGOC chairman emeritus Alan Peter Cayetano.

“I got also a directive from President Rodrigo Duterte to show the beauty of the Philippines, to show how we can come together. Remember competition will always be an essential part of sports but community is the other side,” he added.

As of press time, only Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has confirmed participation in the SEA Games. Other list of esports will be released next month.

The PhilSGOC announced that 56 sports with corresponding more than 500 events would be played next year making it the biggest SEA Games in history.

“The sportsmanship and fighting spirit 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,” said Razer’s chief strategy officer Limeng Lee.

Razer and the PhilSCGOC said that they are in talks with some of the world’s biggest names in gaming, and are working toward a roster of title that will engage more fans.

Razer will also be supporting the Philippines’ esports delegation in the biennial eleven-nation meet.

“Thank you for creating a more inclusive community because, as we’ve said, the gamers come from all places, sizes, all walks of life but to have Razer and local government stage activities where they can come together physically and not just know each other online, is what the Southeast Asian Games is intended to do — bring them closer together and celebrate our community,” Cayetano concluded.

This article first appeared in:   Manila Times

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