SEA Games 31 to feature 10 esports events
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism have announced that 10 esports competitions will be included at the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Most notably, a League of Legends tournament will be played on PC, along with two Wild Rift competitions on mobile, one for men and one for women.
The full list of esports games to be played at the SEA Games 31 includes:
Arena of Valor (Mobile)
FIFA Online 4 (PC)
Free Fire (Mobile)
League of Legends (PC)
League of Legends: Wild Rift – Men (Mobile)
League of Legends: Wild Rift – Women (Mobile)
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (Mobile)
PUBG Mobile – Individual (Mobile)
PUBG Mobile – Team (Mobile)
The esports events at the regional competition will be held at the National Convention Center in Hanoi between November 21 and December 2.
During the course of the previous SEA Games, the host country the Philippines held six sports events, including Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor, Dota 2, Starcraft II, Tekken 7, and Hearthstone. The Vietnamese team won three bronze medals during the course of the tournament.
The SEA Games is a biennial multi-sport competition which features the participation of the 11 countries of Southeast Asia. They will compete across 40 sports in 526 separate events.
This marks the second time that the country will host the regional games, with the previous occasion coming back in 2003.
With countries around the world asking their citizens to stay at home to fight COVID-19, the gaming and e-sports (or electronic sports) industry has taken off.
Along with bowling, triathlon and jujitsu, eSports will become one of the official sports at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, according to an announcement of the Southeast Asian Games Federation Council held online last week.