AESF Lobbies for Addition of Esports in 2021 SEA Games
The Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) is presently looking for assistance to consist of esports as a medal occasion in the 2021 SEA Games. AESF President Sebastian Lau has written to the National Electronic Sports Federation of the Philippines (NESF) and interested the Philippines Olympic Committee (POC) to include esports in the games. In a letter to the NESF, Lau wrote, “We learnt the news that Vietnam has actually not consisted of esports as one of the official games, and presently it remains in a process where the taking part nations can send out an appeal to the host country.” The AESF has 45 member countries, including the 11 countries that belong of the SEA Games Federation.
In 2019, esports was a part of the SEA Games in Manila, with the addition of six titles – Dota 2, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, TEKKEN 7, Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. In 2024, esports will likewise belong of the Paris Olympics, however only as a presentation occasion. SEA Games is a biennial event and will occur in 2021, with Vietnam as the host country. The host country has actually released a list of 36 sports that will be a part of the occasion, which does not include esports. While the 2019 edition consisted of 56 titles, Vietnam has said that the reason for the lower number of occasions is the decreased spending plan induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NESFP President Ramon Suzara was confident about the inclusion of esports in the 2021 SEA Games. POC President Abraham Tolentino has also said that he would be lobbying for the inclusion of more occasions at the occasion.