Singapore To Host Its First Major ASEAN Esports Tournament
Posted 12th March 2018 By: Derpina    308 Views
Esports News – Singapore, Asia’s Global Financial Center, will be hosting its first major ASEAN Esports Tournament in August 2018 at the country’s fully-integrated sports hub in Kallang. The organizers are expecting the 55,000 indoor seats of the stadium to be packed with esports fans and enthusiasts from around the world.
The Singapore Sports Hub has never seen a tournament as big as ASEAN esports since it began operating on 2014, and now that the stadium has a chance to do so, it used the upcoming event to boost tourism by making it a part of their “Shine Festival For Youth” and “Get Active!” advocacies. The tournament will give tribute to the rising popularity of online gaming while recognizing the passionate young generations participating in the games. Baey Yam Keng, Singapore’s Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community, and Youth spearheaded the promotion of the upcoming event and shared their main goal for the activity, he said, “As a highly popular and trending activity among youth, esports has tremendous potential, as an innovative means of engagement, to connect the ASEAN youth through shared experiences of competition, sportsmanship, and fun.”
There are no detailed announcements about the ASEAN Esports tournament yet, but excited fans can expect to see their favorite teams on League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Vainglory. Some esports organizers are even hoping to see a Street Fighter V battle in the line-up.
Competitive gaming in Singapore
Spectators can expect an event like no other since the Chairman and Co-Founder of Singapore CyberSports and Online Gaming Association, Nicholas Khoo, estimated that the current count for gamers in the country is 500,000. Recently, Team Singapore made it to top 6, representing the Asia Pacific Region, of the Overwatch World Cup. The tournament features 16 teams from all over the world competing for the top 8 positions. Moving on the CS:GO, Team Singapore is the only Asian country to reach the quarterfinals. The biggest one yet, however, is the $170,000 World Electronic Sports Games in China where Team Singapore is the first women’s team to be qualified for the grand finals.
The country’s competitive gaming scene is growing bigger and bigger every day, and gaming teams representing Singapore make sure that they always stay ahead of the competition.