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The SEA Games 2019 will be the first international sporting event with medals in esports

By James Lu - on 28 Nov 2018, 3:31pm

The SEA Games 2019 will be the first international sporting event with medals in esports

For the first time in its 60 year history, the SEA Games will host an esports tournament as a medal event, in conjunction with official esports partner, Razer. The Southeast Asian Games is an eleven-country international sporting event held every two years, with this year's event being hosted by the Philippines.

"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, Philippines SEA Games Organizing Committee 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.

The first game announced for the esports part of the event is Android/iOS mobile game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang with more to be announced soon.

Source: Razer

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