Bangkok contest an eye-opener for e-sports organisers at SEA Games

Thousands of spectators watching e-sports competitors battle in mobile game Arena of Valor at the Garena World tournament in Thailand over the weekend. The championship, which saw more than 200,000 people throng three exhibition halls, offered a glim
Thousands of spectators watching e-sports competitors battle in mobile game Arena of Valor at the Garena World tournament in Thailand over the weekend. The championship, which saw more than 200,000 people throng three exhibition halls, offered a glimpse of e-sports' debut as a medal event at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines in November.PHOTO: GARENA

A two-day e-sports tournament in Bangkok that concluded last night gave a preview of what the sport's debut as a medal event at November's SEA Games could look like.

Garena World, the gaming company's eponymous flagship e-sports tournament, saw more than 200,000 people throng three exhibition halls at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2019, with the headline 'Bangkok contest an eye-opener for e-sports organisers at SEA Games'. Print Edition | Subscribe