ESports Being Added to Official Medal Sport in South East Asian Games

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If you fancy eSports as a real sport, then you’ll love this latest bit of development. The inclusion of competitive video gaming as a medal sport in next year’s South East Asian (SEA) Games has been confirmed.

To be held in the Philippines next year, the announcement was made by Foreign Affairs Secretary and Philippines South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PhilSGOC) Chairman Emeritus Alan Peter Cayetano during a press conference.

“We are very thrilled, excited, and honored to have esports in the SEA Games with Razer as a partner. Gamers are an important part of our community.”- Alan Peter Cayetano

As for the event themselves, there will be six gold medals award for three gaming platforms; two for consoles, two for PC, and two for mobile. Qualifying tournaments will be held for the different titles.

Curious what games will be on hand? To date, only Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, which is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title has been confirmed, with the other titles expected to be finalized by December 15.

This is definitely a step in the right direction for eSports and its legitimacy as a real sport. Let’s hope that the games picked are ones that are actually relevant and a treat to watch, lest we’re stuck watching people check their monitors constantly.

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Source: ESPN