Razer Leads New Dawn of Esports Industry with SEA Games

Clarke Velasco
Leading global gaming lifestyle brand Razer stands at the forefront of esports as it enters new dawn as a medal event in major sporting showcases.

Razer Leads New Dawn of Esports Industry with SEA Games
Razer Leads New Dawn of Esports Industry with SEA Games

The brand recently celebrated the conclusion of six hugely successful esports tournaments during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), with stream numbers reaching record highs.

As the first esports medal event, fans from all walks of life tuned in remotely or visited the San Juan Arena to watch the competitions live, including the showdowns in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Hearthstone, Arena of Valor, Dota 2, StarCraft II, and Tekken 7. On the first day alone, Razer’s streaming platforms recorded over one million views with approximately 70,000 concurrent viewers.

At its peak, the San Juan Arena was filled to maximum capacity and Razer’s streaming platforms registered 20 million impressions with 90,000 concurrent viewers. Audiences also spent over 200,000 hours watching the streams on YouTube, making it one of the top 10 trending gaming videos worldwide on the platform.

“We’ve seen some pretty exciting gameplay and a superb level of competition among the SEA Games esports athletes. A formidable force, these youths have shown grit, resilience and tremendous respect for their craft and supporters,” said Alvin Juban, Philippine SEA Games Esports Union co-president & national team manager. “We’re proud to host them and we hope to see them celebrating again in the next SEA Games.”

The Philippine team grabbed golds in Dota 2 and StarCraft II and a pair of silver and bronze medals in Tekken 7.

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For its efforts in helping esports receive the same recognition and coverage as traditional sports, Razer has been given an honorary recognition by the Philippine Sea Games Organizational Committee (PHISGOC). A presentation of an official certificate of recognition has been made and will be followed by an announcement on PHISGOC’s social channels.

Before its appointment as the official esports partner of the SEA Games 2019, Razer has been on a decade-long mission to legitimize esports. With the success of the SEA Games 2019 esports events, Razer is now placing its focus on the Olympics.

“The esports event was a resounding success and the games are a testament of our esports talent in the region,” said David Tse, global esports director at Razer. “While we may have achieved success in the SEA Games, this journey to legitimizing esports is not over. We will continue to strive for esports’ inclusion in the Olympics and we look forward to the next SEA Games in 2021.”

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