By Jason Parker
December 12, 2019
The SEA Games esports event has been covered here more than once in the last couple of weeks. Why? Because it’s important! This is esports at a sporting event that awards medals for the best, and most talented across sporting.
That esports was even included at all is a brilliant thing to see not just for us, but for the future of esports. This could ultimately mean more esports could take place at other sporting events around the world. It’s still too early for The Olympics, but things like this take time. But we’re so glad to see it.
This was the first major sporting event to include esports, and Razer was integral to this. They partnered with the SEA Games 2019 and have had a decade-long mission to legitimize esports. This went a long way towards that goal. I didn’t see any controversy or negative spins on this at all, so thank God for that.
With this in mind, we understand that Razer’s next goal: The Olympics. Razer Global Esports Director David Tse spoke about this:
“The esports event was a resounding success and the games are a testament of our esports talent in the region. While we may have achieved success in the SEA Games, this journey to legitimizing esports is not over. We will continue to strive for esports’ inclusion in the Olympics and we look forward to the next SEA Games in 2021.”
The first day alone of the SEA esports events saw 70,000 concurrent viewers, and over one million views, according to Razer’s streaming platforms. The San Juan Arena was filled as well, and that’s not it! Razer reported their streaming platforms registered 20 million impressions, with over 90,000 concurrent viewers. That is incredible.
Over 200,000 hours watched on YouTube as well, making it one of the top 10 trending gaming videos worldwide on the video streaming platform. I could not be happier to see this news either. We’ve come a long way from esports being a dumb thing nerd do in basements.
Philippine SEA Games Esports Union Co-President and National Team Manager Alvin Juban was just as excited:
“We’ve seen some pretty exciting gameplay and a superb level of competition among the SEA Games esports athletes. A formidable force, these youths have shown grit, resilience and a tremendous respect for their craft and supporters. We’re proud to host them and we hope to see them celebrating again in the next SEA Games.”
Razer also received Honorary Recognition from PHISGOC for Conceiving and Supporting the Event. PHISGOC is the Philippine ea Games Organization Committee. Razer gains a great deal I’m sure, from being a progenitor of such an event. It could help drive their sales, but it also helps legitimize esports in a very real way.
For every event like this that recognizes esports as something that takes hard work, physical and mental strength, and teamwork, this opens more doors for our favorite stars. It opens doors for us too. Anyone who works hard, practices, and learns from their mistakes could in theory, take to a sporting event to demonstrate their esports skills.
We covered it previously, but if you want a quick breakdown of who won what, here you go, in order from Gold, Silver and Bronze:
Turns out, the Philippines was incredibly dominant at the SEA Games for esports! I can’t wait to see how many people turn out to watch online and in-person at the next event. All I know for certain is that this is a major move, and hopefully will continue the growth of esports.