Esports at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games
at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games
|Venue||Filoil Flying V Centre|
|Location||San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines|
Esports at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines was held at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, Metro Manila from 5 to 10 December 2019. It was the first esports contest as a medal event in a multi-sport competition sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee after the discipline featured as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The inclusion of esports in the Southeast Asian Games was lobbied by Min-Liang Tan, CEO of Singapore-based gaming firm Razer. Tan announced in November 2018 that he met with Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano to discuss about the possible inclusion of esports in the regional games, which were among the "Category 3" disciplines included in final list of proposed events to be hosted in the games.
An ad hoc committee was formed to organize the esports events in the games. Razer provided support in terms of software, hardware, and services in the organization of the esports events. Razer was designated as the Official Esports Partner. However Razer didn't provide the mobile phones for the Arena of Valor tournament since the latest update of the title required the game to be played on iOS.
The esports tournaments of the Southeast Asian Games will be open to competitors of both genders with every aspiring participant to partake in a qualification tournaments.
Market research firm Newzoo projects the number of audience for esports in Southeast Asia to grow to at least 31.9 million in 2019 attributing the increase to the inclusion of the discipline in the Southeast Asian Games.
Six medals were contested in esports. The selected games were to conform to the values of the International Olympic Committee and "should not promote the culture of violence and gambling". Also other factors, such as the popularity and competitiveness of the games, the strategy and teamwork required in playing the concerned games, as well as the physical and mental intensity required in contesting the games in marathon matches, were also considered in the selection process.
There were three categories; PC, console, and mobile each featuring two video games. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang was the first title to be confirmed in November 2018 Four games: Arena of Valor, Dota 2, Starcraft II, and Tekken 7, were later announced in mid-December 2018. The organizers attempted to secure the appropriate license to be able to have NBA2k as the sixth title but was unable to do so. Hearthstone was announced as the sixth title in June 2019.
There were also previous plans for the esports tournament to feature separate competitions for men and women where men would be competing in Dota 2, Hearthstone, NBA 2K, and Tekken 7, while women would be contesting Dota 2 and Hearthstone. The plan was later abandoned.
The Esports competition of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was held at the Filoil Flying V Centre (San Juan Arena) in San Juan, Metro Manila. Previously, The Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay was considered as a potential venue but the hotel management asked for a fee which was deemed too expensive by the organizers of the regional games.
Razer reported at least a million views on its streaming platform on the first day of the esport event with about 70,000 concurrent viewers. The Filoil Flying V Centre was at full capacity at the peak of the esport tournament and Razer registered 20 million impressions with 90,000 concurrent viewers. The esports tournament's YouTube streaming was also viewed for 200,000 hours by audiences.
Van Jerico Manalaysay
John Anthony Vargas
Mc Nicholson Villanueva
Huỳnh Hữu Nghĩa
Nguyễn Châu Lợi
Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm
Nguyễn Quang Duy
Nguyễn Tiến Phát
Nguyễn Thành Đạt
Trịnh Văn Thọ
||Caviar Napoleon Acampado (EnDerr)
|Thomas Kopankiewicz (Blysk)
|Trần Hồng Phúc (MeomaikA)|
||Yew Weng Kean
|Chew Khai Kiat|
||Nopparut Hempamorn (Book)
|Alexandre Laverez (AK)
|Andreij Albar (Doujin)|
|Arena of Valor
Farhan Akbari Ardiansyah
Gilang Dwi Falah
Satria Adi Wiratama
Đỗ Thành Hưng
Huỳnh Trọng Tuấn
Nguyễn Ngọc Linh
Nguyễn Phương Nguyên
Nguyễn Vũ Hoàng Dũng
Vương Trung Khiên
|Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Allan Castromayor Jr.
Adriand Larsen Wong
Teguh Imam Firdaus
Ahmad Ali Huzaifi Abdullah
Abdul Wandi Abdul Kadir
Izme Haqeem Hamsjid
Muhammad Hazeem Onn
Mohd Faris Zakaria
|Totals (6 nations)||6||6||6||18|
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