The 30th SEA Games in 2019 saw the successful debut of Esports as a medal event, with Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia among the countries clinching Gold in their respective categories for this historic competitive fixture. To build upon that success, Razer recently announced the launch of a new inaugural Esports competition to serve as preparation for the next SEA Games in Vietnam — the Razer Southeast Asian Invitational.
The same organising committee that led the success of last year’s SEA Games will also be taking part in SEA International, with Razer also establishing a committee made up of members from the various countries involved to provide structure and formalisation for the competition.
10 countries, over 400 teams and 3,000 athletes are slated to take part in what is looking to be the largest Esports tournament in Southeast Asia yet. To ensure the level of quality stays high, SEA International is limiting players only to qualifying athletes who would need to sign up with their respective Esports federations in their countries.
The SEA Invitational began on 26 June 2020, with the final showdown in the grand finals held between 10 – 12 July. Athletes across SEA will compete in three of the biggest Esports titles — PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile (PUBG Mobile), Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB).
Both Dota 2 and Mobile Legends are returning games from last year’s SEA Games and will see Philippines try to retain top-dog status ahead of next year’s games. PUBG Mobile is another highly popular competitive battle royal game which will no doubt see many top athletes battle it out and provide many exhilarating encounters.
In addition to Facebook, Twitch and YouTube, Razer is also partnering with SISTIC to provide live streaming and video-on-demand support on their newly launched streaming platform, SISTIC Live.
SISTIC Live has been streaming the playoffs and championships and those who sign up to view selected Razer SEA-Invitational matches on the platform have a chance to win prizes such as Razer Gold, Razer Silver and peripherals from Razer.
If you too are excited about seeing what is possibly the prelude to the 31st SEA Games Esports medal event, you can find more information on the official Razer Southeast Asian Invitational website or from Razer’s Facebook page.
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