Tencent Esports business director, Hou Miao, have officially confirmed that Arena of Valor will be a part of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games...
Mar 27, 2019
Tencent Esports business director, Hou Miao, have officially confirmed that Arena of Valor will be a part of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. The multi-sport event will be held in the Philippines later in 2019 at a still-unannounced venue. Arena of Valor, otherwise known as Honor of Kings in China, was one of the six esports titles that was part of the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration event. Nearly a year later, the game is now a full-fledged medal sport. The International Olympic Committee has taken notice the growing popularity of esports and its steadily increasing mainstream appeal. However, during an esports forum last year in Lausanne, it was decided that it esports was still too “premature” to join the Olympics. If it’s any consolation, among what was discussed was a possibility for a possible demonstration in 2024, when the Olympic Games will be held in Paris. The 2019 Southeast Asian Games are set to kick off on November 30 later this year and will run until December 10. Earlier in February of 2019, a budget of PHP5 billion was approved by the Philippines Senate for the 2019 Southeast Asian games. The said amount was reportedly at least PHP 2.5 billion less than what the organising committee requested for the event. Because of this, the organizers have been forced to reach out to more sponsors to help fill out the remaining difference. Agreements have reportedly been made with various different firms to help the organising committee come up with the full figure.