The 31st Southeast Asian Games is set to feature multiple esports titles this year, including Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, one of the most popular mobile games in the region.
Seven countries, namely, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar, will battle it out to determine which team is the best in Southeast Asia.
What is the 31st SEA Games?
The 2021 Southeast Asian Games, or the 31st SEA Games in short, is a biennial multi-sport event with 11 countries in the region as participants.
Vietnam is the host nation for the event this year, which will feature a mix of both traditional sports and esports titles.
This is only the second year where esports was featured as a medal event, after its debut at the 30th SEA Games where the Philippines bagged the first gold medal in MLBB after taking down Indonesia in the grand final.
31st SEA Games format
The official draw was announced on May 21. The seven participating teams were separated into two groups. The exact format for the games has yet to be announced.
If the format is similar to the 30th SEA Games, all games in the group stage should run in a best-of-two format. After the group stage, the first-placed teams in both groups will proceed to the upper bracket, while the second-placed team in each group will be placed in the lower bracket.
The event will run for three days from May 18 to 20.
|Group stage||May 18-19|
|The Philippines||PH Qualifiers|
Where to watch?
All the games will be live-streamed on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s YouTube channel.