The Philippine Olympic Commitee (POC) has finally announced the final list of esports events included in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, scheduled to run from November 30 to December 10 of next year.
According to a report by the Philippine Star, the list of esports titles confirmed as fully-fledged medal events was announced along with the final list of sports and events. In total, the 2019 Southeast Asian games will have 56 sports and 523 events scheduled. This includes the four (4) titles that made the cut — NBA 2K, Tekken 7, Hearthstone, and Dota 2. Both Hearthstone and Dota 2 will have a separate Men’s and Women’s division for a total of six (6) events.
Later on, however, NSA for esports representative, Joebert Yu, would confirm on Facebook that the list of esports titles is outdated. In the same statement, he also added that an official announcement will come out soon.
If this is true, it’s highly likely that any titles added would include Moonton’s hit mobile MOBA, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Riot’s very own MOBA, League of Legends. After all, the latter was part of the esports demonstration event at the 2018 SEA Games.
For the first time since 2005, the Philippines will play host to the Southeast Asian games. The event will run from November 30 to December 10. It will be held across New Clark City, Subic, Manila, and Tagaytay.
What’s Next After the 2019 Southeast Asian Games?
The inclusion of esports in medal events such as the Southeast Asian games is a hotly-contested topic. Although some are in favor of esports’ inclusion in the Olympics, others are against in. In particular, Paul ‘Redeye” Chaloner, has long had a firm stance on how the Olympics needs esports more than the other way around.
Of course, regardless of anyone’s opinion, it’s clear that the esports industry has nowhere to go but up.
In a report by Newzoo earlier this year, the total revenue of the industry jumped from $493 million in 2016 to $655 million in 2017. In 2018, experts expected this figure to jump and exceed more than $900 million. Having said that, esports is now much closer to becoming a billion-dollar industry, if it already isn’t.
Already, companies have begun to take notice and started investing in esports. For example, earlier this year, the French professional football club, Paris Saint-Germain, announced their partnership with Chinese powerhouse, LGD Gaming, in Dota 2. In addition to this, Global icon and NBA legend, Michael Jordan, also recently entered the esports industry after joining the ownership group of, aXiomatic, the parent company of Team Liquid.
Esports’ inclusion at the 2019 Southeast asian Games is but a small step. However, it is a monumental one. The move will certainly go a long way in helping esports’ case as a medal event in the Olympics.
What do you think of esports’ inclusion at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games? Do you agree with the final list of esports events? Which games do you think deserved to make the cut? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.