SEA eSports Championship 2021 Announced; Featuring Three Games
No Mobile Legends in this tournament, even though it's the most popular games in SEA.
The Southeast Asian eSports Championship 2021 will be hosted next year by the Vietnam Recreational E-sport Association (VIRESA) and tech giant VNG Corporation, the organization announced.
The Vietnam Recreational and Electronic Sports Association (VIRESA) has announced that SEA EC will be held online and include three games: PUBG Mobile, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and VALORANT. The winner will walk home with a prize worth more than 140,000 USD.
Additionally, Vietnamplus.VN reports that E-Racing is being explored as an additional category for the SEA EC 2021.
The qualifying round is set to take place in November and December, and will include 52 teams from the region's ten esports federations. The championship round will then take place later in January 2022.
"Two out of three games in this tournament are SEA Games 31 sports. Therefore, SEA EC 2021 is not just an annual event but will also be a chance for athletes to prepare for SEA Games 31," Do Viet Hung, general secretary of VIRESA, said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Do Viet Hung – General Secretary of VIRESA – said that two of the three sports at the SEA EC 2021 are the chosen games for medals at SEA Games Vietnam 2021. Thus, not only SEA EC 2021 will be held as a prominent yearly event in Southeast Asia, but also a chance for esports athletes to rub off on the eve of the SEA Games' 31st edition.