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Razer to Lobby for Inclusion of Esports in SEA Games 2021

Gaming peripherals brand Razer will lobby for the inclusion of esports in the 2021 Southeast Asian Games. Esports was a part of the SEA Games in 2019 but the current organizers, Vietnam, removed it from the games amidst budget constraints brought forth by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Based out of Singapore, Razer is a key stakeholder in the SEA esports and gaming industry and has been actively involved in the growth and development of the two sectors in the region. 

In an interview with GMA News Online, Razer Global Esports Director David Tse said that the company has taken the lead to bring together the region’s esports federations in appealing to the SEA Games 2021 committee. He said that Razer was hopeful about the inclusion of esports at the event. “We have also partnered with the Vietnam Esports Federation to guide them and support on the evaluation process, and have pledged our commitment to assist with the necessary resources to successfully implement the esports event, taking this medal esports event to the next level for SEA region and globally towards our vision at Olympics,” he said in the interview.

The Philippines Olympic Committee, which recently onboarded the Philippines Esports Organization (PESO) as an associate member is also actively lobbying for the inclusion of esports as a medaled event in the games. Similar to the PESO, there are regional and international esports federations across Asia. Tse also said that his company was working with these bodies to not only get esports reinstated in the SEA Games, but also bring it to the Asian Games and the Olympics. The Asian Esports Federation is another body that is actively working towards the inclusion of esports in the games. The AESF has 45 member countries, including the 11 countries that are a part of the SEA Games Federation. 

Shounak Sengupta is a staff writer for AFK Gaming.

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