Viet Nam’s e-sports to strengthen position at major arenas

Vietnamese e-sports have witnessed strides over the years as the country’s holding and participation in regional and international events is strengthening its position in major arenas.
Vietnamese students in RoK hold first e-sports championships
Vietnamese students in RoK held their first e-sports championships.(Photo: VSAK)

General Secretary of the Vietnam Recreational E-sport Association (VIRESA), Do Viet Hung, said the association has set itself a target of the building and development of Viet Nam’s e-sport system in a comprehensive, sustainable and professional way in tandem with international standards, with an aim to turn the country into a hub for major regional and international events.

To that end, VIRESA will work to perfect legal corridors on policies and mechanisms, foster concerted growth and call for social support. It is to build tournaments and linkages between them in order to facilitate international integration.

Numerous e-sports tourneys have been held in the recent past. The Vietnam eSports Championship (VEC) and the University eSports Championship (UEC) took place in January 2021, aiming to scout and train professional athletes for national teams.

The Southeast Asian eSports Championship 2021 (SEA EC 2021) is co-hosted virtually by VIRESA and tech giant VNG Corporation.

The qualifying round was organized last November and December, with the participation of 52 teams representing 10 e-sports federations in the region. The final round will take place this month.

SEA EC 2021 comprises three games of PUBG Mobile and League of Legends: Wild Rift and Valorant. The winner will walk home with a prize worth more than 140,000 USD.

Notably, e-sports is included among the 40 sports in the 31st SEA Games hosted by Viet Nam. This is hoped to open up chances for Viet Nam’s e-sports to access foreign investors and improve the quality of its athletes and clubs.

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(Source: VNA)