Mobile titles top list for 2021 SEA Games' esports event

Kurt Lozano
·Esports Content Producer
·2-min read
(Photo: 2021 SEA Games)
(Photo: 2021 SEA Games)

Mobile titles, such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) and League of Legends: Wild Rift, will be headlining the list of games to be played at the second esports medal event in the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism issued the list of sports included in the country's hosting of the SEA Games on Tuesday (23 March), with the esports event giving away 10 gold medals across eight titles.

Of the eight esports titles included in the event, five are mobile games while only three will be played on PC. These mobile games include MLBB, Wild Rift, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, Free Fire, and Arena of Valor.

The Wild Rift competition has also been split into two separate events for men and women. Likewise, the PUBG Mobile event was split into individual and team categories.

Meanwhile, the remaining PC titles include League of Legends, CrossFire, and FIFA Online 4.

The list of titles to be played in the second esports medal event in the upcoming 2021 SEA Games differs largely from that of the inaugural esports medal event in the 2019 SEA Games that was hosted in the Philippines. Vietnam notably had free rein to choose which titles can be included in the event, as it is the host country of the 2021 SEA Games.

The 2019 SEA Games' esports event was played across three PC titles: Dota 2, StarCraft II, and Hearthstone; two mobile titles: MLBB and Arena of Valor; and one console title: Tekken 7.

Host country, the Philippines, won the most medals from the inaugural esports medal event with five, including three gold medals for Dota 2, StarCraft II, and MLBB, as well as silver and bronze medals for Tekken 7.

Meanwhile, Vietnam only managed three bronze medals Dota 2, StarCraft II, and Arena of Valor.

The 2021 SEA Games in Hanoi is scheduled to begin on 21 November and will run until 2 December. This will be the second time that Vietnam will host the SEA Games since their first hosting of the event in 2003.

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