Esports to make historic debut in SEA Games 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Esports is now recognized as a medal event at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).
Esports to make historic debut in SEA Games 2019

The big announcement was made by Razer, leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, together with the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PhilSGOC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Wednesday, November 28 at the Mariott Hotel in Pasay City.

Today, esports is the entertainment of choice and an aspiration for youth and millennials. There are more than 2.3 billion gamers worldwide, and 71 percent of millennials are proud to call themselves gamers. The global esports audience is expected to reach 276 million by 2022, and esports itself is projected to be a billion-dollar industry by next year.

“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,” said Alan Peter Cayetano, PhilSGOC Chairman.

“Razer is a pioneer and a prime mover in esports, and we cannot ask for a better partner in this historic journey,” Cayetano added.

As the official esports partner of SEA Games 2019, Razer will draw upon its expertise and experience in esports, as well as its ecosystem of hardware, software and services.

This includes facilitating discussions between PhilSGOC and various game publishers to select the games that will be featured at the SEA Games esports tournament.

Razer and PhilSGOC announced that Moonton, the publisher behind mobile game "Mobile Legends: Bang Bang", is the first game partner for the esports events.

The final line-up of titles to be contested at SEA Games 2019 will be revealed in the next few months.

A total of 6 games will be included, comprised of two mobile games, two PC games, and two console games.

Razer will be supporting the final crop of Team Philippines esports athletes who will represent the host country at the finals.

Venue of the games are yet to be finalized, with Clark New City or Metro Manila being the top choices.

Razer as the world’s leading brand in esports, supports 18 champion teams with players from 25 countries. Team Razer athletes have won over US$10 million in prize money in the past two years alone. Razer has over 50 million registered users who use its ecosystem of gaming products and services.

— The Summit Express

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