Over the years as esports has continually shown massive growth, there have been many calls to see it featured at global events such as the Olympics. While it certainly has been discussed by those of us with a passion for it, Southeast Asia seem to be ahead of the game, with Dota 2 making its debut at the 2019 SEA Games.
The Southeast Asian Games is at its 30th year running and features multiple sporting events for members of the SEA region to participate in. While the event has always featured the traditional sporting competitions, similar to those at the Olympics, this year will see the addition of the esports category. From the information available, the esports category will be broken down into three smaller sub-categories: PC, console and mobile. The PC section includes games such Starcraft II, Tekken 7 and our beloved Dota 2. The details for the event are fairly scarce but it seems as though the dates for the esports event are between December 1st through to the 6th of this year.
While the SEA Games may not be as decorated as the Olympics, the region is known for its massive adoration and passion in Dota 2 – and with this being the first time in the history of the event that esports will feature as a medal-winning category, there is no better place for it. According to a post on ESPN5, the national team is named “Sibol” and features some of the most well-known Dota 2 players from the region:
- Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad
- Timothy John ‘Tims’ Randrup
- Kim ‘Gabbi’ Santos
- Armel ‘Armel’ Tabios
- Nico ‘Eyyou’ Barcelon
- Djardel Jicko B. ‘DJ’ Mampusti
- Marc Polo Luis ‘Raven’ Fausto
- Abed Azel ‘Abed’ Yusop
- Michael ‘ninjaboogie’ Ross Jr.
- Ryan Jay ‘Bimbo’ Qui
While there is obviously no confirmation on any of these players as yet, due to Valve having not announced the new Dota 2 Pro Circuit season, this is an extremely dominant group of individuals and we’re sure to see them take home a gold medal, whichever of them participate. While the SEA Games 2019 are still some time away, we’re sure to find out more information on the event as things become clearer and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing esports and Dota 2 displayed in such a magnificent manner.