Last month it was confirmed that eSports would be added as a medal event to the 2019 SEA Games, bringing us one step closer to seeing eSports being accepted and acknowledged by more traditional sporting events. Now it looks like the games that will be played during the event have since been confirmed.
There will be a variety of titles involved and will also cross multiple platforms. For the PC, Starcraft 2 and Dota 2 will be the titles involved, while Mobile Legends and Arena of Valor will be part of the mobile scene. As for console, it seems that only Tekken 7 has been announced, but the sixth and final game is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Also given that there are six games involved, there will be six gold medals up for grabs. Given how popular eSports has become where universities are actually offering scholarships for it, and how certain eSports tournaments like Valve’s The International can offer up millions in terms of prize money, it’s not surprising that the rest of the world is sitting up and paying a lot more attention than they did before.
In fact the Olympic Committee has acknowledged that eSports is a sporting activity which brings us closer to seeing eSports potentially be part of the Olympics one day. In the meantime the 2019 SEA Games is probably the closest we’ll get for now. The event is set to be run from the 30th of November to the 11th of December, 2019.
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