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2019 SEAG: Team Razer is battle-ready

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Team Thailand showcases its wares at the Razer SEA Games E-sports Bootcamp for Dota 2.

Razer — the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, begins the countdown to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 2019), an eleven-country international sporting event sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, and the first to include e-sports as a medaled competitive discipline.

Athletes from participating countries will gather at the inaugural SEA Games E-sports Opening Ceremony in the Philippines to celebrate history in the making with e-sports being recognized as a medal sport for the first time.

Athletes will battle it out to earn the first SEA Games e-sport medals in the following titles: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor, Dota 2, Starcraft II, Tekken 7 and Hearthstone.

“This marks a major milestone for e-sports and the SEA Games,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Being part of SEA Games is a key step to further legitimize e-sports as a true world class sport. We are very proud of how far e-sports has come and will continue to support e-sports athletes globally.”

Meantime, the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) and Razer are also in close communication about the safety and comfort of the e-sports athletes. A discussion was held to address the negativity in the press regarding the treatment of SEA Games athletes and organization of competition venues, where the lodging, diet and overall standard of living of all athletes were questioned.

Phisgoc assured Razer that the e-sports athletes will be cared for. In addition, the competition venue — which is at the Filoil Flying V Center — will be well equipped and conducive for the e-sports competitions.

“We received assurance from Phisgoc that the well-being of the athletes remains their top priority. Our e-sports athletes will be given an optimal environment to perform at their best capacity,” Tan said.

“The athletes are breaking new grounds here, they aren’t just fighting for national pride, they are fighting to legitimize the sport. Their presence at the SEA Games will encourage new e-sports talent to break the mold and make a difference in something that they are truly passionate about.”

For over a decade, Razer has been on a mission to promote e-sports globally and was one of the first brands to invest in, endorse and sponsor e-sports teams and tournaments. To support e-sports athletes worldwide, Razer created Team Razer — an elite group of gamers who compete professionally in e-sports tournaments worldwide. Members of Team Razer include Evil Geniuses, mouse-sports and Team Alliance.

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