KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 -- The growth of esports in the Southeast Asian region is inevitable, according to the country’s sole SEA Games esports gold medallist Dr Yew Weng Kean.
The 30-year-old who bagged the 2019 SEA Games gold medal in the Hearthstone game said it was proven as the esports will see an inclusion in the 2021 SEA Games after already being confirmed for the 2021 Asian Indoor Games.
“I am very relieved that the host has decided to include esports in the next SEA Games. I have stated before, and many will agree with me that it will be a big mistake and a step backwards if esports were excluded from it after going through such a tough process to be a medal event at the SEA Games in Manila.
“The growth potential for esports in Southeast Asia is very strong,” the electrical engineering assistant professor told Bernama.
According to Vietnam media reports, esports, triathlon, bowling and jiu-jitsu are the four additional sports to be contested at the 31st edition of the SEA Games in Hanoi after the host only listed 36 previously, but the formal announcement is expected to be made next month.
With Dota 2, Arena of Valor and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) being the three of the six events contested under esports, Yew, who is known under the pseudonym wkyew90, expected Vietnam to choose the games which are popular for the Southeast Asian scene which it has the advantage to win medals.
“But for Malaysia, we definitely have potential talents which are world-class and can put up a challenge on a good day. If we couple this together with a proper training structure, we have the potential to beat anyone,” he added.
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