2019 SEA Games – Half Of The World Ready To Bet On Esports
There is excellent news for gamers around the world. Esports tournaments will be included in the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games that will be held in the Philippines next year. This means Esports is officially a sport and there will be medals given at the end of the competition. It also suggests people around the world could bet on SEA games via the gaming platform Unikrn.
The announcement was made by the Philippines South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PhilSGOC) in a press conference. They were joined by the Philippine Olympic Committee and gaming hardware company Razer in Pasay City to make it official. “We are very thrilled, excited, and honored to have esports in the SEA Games with Razer as a partner. Gamers are an important part of our community,” said PhilSGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano. There will be six gold medals for the winners across three gaming platforms. Two for consoles, two for PC and two for mobile.
“Today is a momentous day for gamers. Our talks with the SEA Games committee have paid off — esports will be recognized as a medaled sport in one of the most revered multi-sport events in South East Asia. Additionally, we’re thrilled to be made the official esports partner for the 2019 SEA Games that will be held in the Philippines,” the co-founder and CEO of Razer, the gaming hardware company, Min-Liang Tan, also shared his joy at this decision in a Facebook post. “We have always believed that professional gamers put in as much blood, sweat, and tears to achieve competitive proficiency in their field. We look forward to taking esports to the next level—an event that’s not just recognized but celebrated around the world. Our team is celebrating as we speak, but our work has only just begun,” he added.
This News Comes In Handy For Unikrn
When the E-sports betting platform Unikrn decided to invest in a betting license for Esports, this is precisely the kind of move they were envisioning. For them, the US market is not a priority, yet. But Asia and Europe are the paths to control Esports gaming around the world. Unikrn has a license to allows fans and players over 20 countries to bet on Esports tournaments and activities. When the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games took the risk like the one they announced this week, it also helped those looking to wager in the esports betting markets.
The list of games that will be included in 2019 SEA Games has Mobile Legends. The final list will be published late in December. From all those games, Unikrn will be able to put up in-game bets, money lines, props, and futures. But also, the skill set of odds that are unique to the Esports gamers. The US bettors will still have to wait for legal ramifications to unfold before betting on Esports. The good news for everybody is this is a massive step forward. There is this speculation that the 2019 SEA Games could be a trial run to become an event in the 2024 Paris Olympics.