The Cambodian Electronic Sports Federation took part in a meeting alongside other regional members chaired by the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mr. Lun Samedy, secretary general of Cambodia’s Esports Federation, said that three key issues were discussed at Saturday’s meeting with Sebastien Lau, director general of the Asian organising body.
“First, the inclusion of the Electronic Sports Federation of Cambodia as a member of the AESF with the support of the Asian Federation. As a member, esports can compete in the 2019 SEA Games. The Asian Electronic Sports Federation will also assist in training for Cambodia,” he explained.
“Second is related to the SEA Games. As scheduled, the event will be announced on December 16. Then the rules will be issued. We will need to learn about the E-Sports situation in Asia and we plan to re-convene.”
Samedy said the third also achieved another milestone. “The Asian Esports Federation is planning to host a university-level competition, with an ASEAN competition in the works. However, details about the event are not yet available,” he added.
The kingdoms’ Esports Federation was inaugurated by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in 2014. Last November, esports was recognised as a sporting activity by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and made its debut at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games in August.
Esports refers to video games that are treated as a professional sport. The very best competitors boast paid playing contracts, huge fan followings, sold out arenas, sponsorships, and massive tournament payouts.
In recent years, esports has experienced massive popularity to become a multi-billion dollar industry and has attracted top tier sponsorship from some of the largest organisations in the world. In international competition, teams and players often are able to make millions in prize money.