According to a report by GameK, Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism recently signed an official document revealing the list of titles that will be featured at the 2021 Southeast Asian Games. The games that will be played are League of Legends: Wild Rift, Arena of Valor, PUBG Mobile, Free Fire, League of Legends, FIFA Online 4, CrossFire, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
Dot Esports is saying that it is unlikely these titles make their way into the Olympic Games, citing the International Olympic Committee’s plan to encourage the development of “virtual sports.” The IOC feels there is a distinction between virtual sports and competitive gaming.
“Instead, the committee has made clear its focus on ‘virtual sports,’ or video game simulations of sports already accepted into its ecosystem,” writes Trent Murray of The Esports Observer. “The recommendation specifically notes a distinction between virtual sports and competitive gaming. Rather than embrace competitive gaming (League of Legends, Call of Duty, etc), the IOC will aid in the development of virtual or simulated versions of established sports.”
The 31st Southeast Asian Games will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from November 24th to December 2nd. This year will mark the second time esports will be a medal event at the game. The 2021 SEA Games is scheduled to feature ten esports competitions across eight titles.