The Asian Digital Sports activities Federation (AESF) is at the moment looking for assist to incorporate esports as a medal occasion within the 2021 SEA Video games. AESF President Sebastian Lau has written to the Nationwide Digital Sports activities Federation of the Philippines (NESF) and appealed to the Philippines Olympic Committee (POC) to incorporate esports within the video games. In a letter to the NESF, Lau wrote, “We came upon the information that Vietnam has not included esports as one of many official video games, and at the moment it’s in a course of the place the collaborating nations can ship an attraction to the host nation.” The AESF has 45 member nations, together with the 11 nations which can be part of the SEA Video games Federation.
In 2019, esports was part of the SEA Video games in Manila, with the inclusion of six titles – Dota 2, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, TEKKEN 7, Area of Valor and Cellular Legends: Bang Bang. In 2024, esports may also be part of the Paris Olympics, however solely as an illustration occasion. SEA Video games is a biennial occasion and can happen in 2021, with Vietnam because the host nation. The host nation has launched an inventory of 36 sports activities that will probably be part of the occasion, which doesn’t embody esports. Whereas the 2019 version included 56 titles, Vietnam has stated that the explanation for the decrease variety of occasions is the lowered price range introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NESFP President Ramon Suzara was hopeful in regards to the inclusion of esports within the 2021 SEA Video games. POC President Abraham Tolentino has additionally stated that he can be lobbying for the inclusion of extra occasions on the occasion.
Shounak Sengupta is a employees author for AFK Gaming.