Dota 2, Mobile Legends, Tekken 7 among games in esports debut at SEA Games

Dec 21, 2018

The Philippines SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and RazerTM have just announced the five games that they’ve shortlisted for the 2019 SEA Games, where esports is set to make its debut.

On the PC, it will be Dota2 and StarCraft II. On smartphones, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor. On gaming consoles, it will be Tekken 7. The sixth game is still undergoing evaluation and will be announced sometime in the coming weeks. Upon confirmation, all six games will be featured as competition events at SEA Games 2019, where esports will be contested as a medal event for the first time in sporting history alongside traditional sports like athletics and aquatics.

A total of six medals, one for each game, will be awarded. The games are gender inclusive and will be open to teams with both and women. Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan said, “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.”

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A key selection criterion for the shortlisted games is the diversity of titles. A range of top publishers, genres, and gaming platforms were evaluated for inclusion to make sure the most popular and competitive games are represented. The strategy and teamwork demanded by the games were also considered, ensuring that competing teams deploy multifaceted tactics to clinch the victory. Lastly, the shortlisted games take into account the physical and mental intensity needed to persevere through marathon matches.

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