JUST days after being named one of the 56 events included in the Southeast Asian Games next year here in the Philippines, esports saw things rolling for it with the name of Razer as an official partner in the two-year regional tournament.
The leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, Razer has been tasked to provide the infrastructure and logistical support as well as expertise and experience in organizing esports events to ensure that the portion of the games is successful, from the qualifiers to the tournament proper itself.
In the official announcement of the partnership on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, officials of Razer and the Philippine Southeast Asian Organizing Committee, led by Chairman Emeritus Alan Peter Cayetano, hosted the newly formed deal as a breakthrough for the SEA Games as well as in the continued growth of esports.
"Esports is no longer a niche market. Many people are already picking it up as gamers and audience and it's projected to be a billion-dollar industry next year, "said Limeng Lee, Razer chief strategist, at yesterday's announcement.
"To have Southeast Asia be part of that movement is big," he adds.
For Mr. Cayetano, the inclusion of esports in the Games as an official medal sport is a welcome development as it further strengthens the SEA Games goal of unity and inclusion in the region.
"SEA Games is about sports and competition but still we can not forget about its goal of unity and inclusion. Gamers are part of this community, "Mr. Cayetano said.
PhilSGOC and Razer officials say more details on the tournament and other developments will be announced on a later date.
They, however, said that six games are eyed – two mobile, two PC and two console games – for the Games.
The 2019 SEA Games is slated from Nov. 30 to Dec. 13 spread in different parts of the country. – Michael Angelo S. Murillo