- 6 eSports are now part of the Southeast Asian Games
- The events included are Dota 2, Heartstone, Starcraft II, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor fall and Tekken 2
- Jia Dee, one of the Sibol’s two representatives for Hearthstone, expressed how glad she is that eSport is being recognized as a medal sport
For the first time ever, eSports is now part of the SEA Games.
Another history is made in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) as eSports is now recognized as a medal sport in the biennial sports meet.
Six eSports events are staged and are divided into three categories: PC, console and mobile. Under the PC games are Dota 2, Heartstone and Starcraft II while the ultra-popular Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor fall into the mobile category. Tekken 2 is the only game under console event.
The best professional gamers from all over the Southeast Asian region gathered for a six-day competition held at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
The 27-man Phillippine team’s Sibol is looking at winning at least four gold medals out of the 6 at stake. Jia Dee, one of the Sibol’s two representatives for Hearthstone, expressed how glad she is that eSport is being recognized as a medal sport.
“Syempre nakaka-proud po, parang ma-va-validate ka po. Kasi ito po talaga ‘yung trabaho ko even before ng SEA Games, full-time player and commentator po ako ng Hearthstone,” she said.
Dee has been preparing for the SEA Games by training six to seven hours a day, three times a week. Despite the preparation, she feels nervous but excited to start playing.
“Sobrang excited po pero nakaka-pressure din. Syempre medyo kinakabahan din pero ma-o-overcome naman po,” she said.
Meanwhile, Sibol settled for a draw against Indonesia on the first day of eSports events on Mobile Legends.