Singapore Esports Association (SGEA) has joined forces with telecomms company Singtel to launch an award that recognises talent and excellence in esports.
The nominees for the newly-devised PVP Esports Award were selected by representatives from both parties after the closing of the Southeast Asian Games on December 11th.
For the first time in its 30 year history, this year’s edition of the SEA Games featured esports as an official medal event. Rather than prize money, players will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Ng Chong Gen, President of Singapore Esports Association discussed the partnership in a release: “SGEA is proud to partner up with Singtel in supporting local esports athletes as well as the gaming ecosystem. We believe that Singtel’s infrastructure and our industry veterans will enable us to further develop the esports scene in Singapore.”
Players will be selected using criteria that includes excellence in performance, sportsmanship, and commitment to the craft. The creation of the award is a continuation of the partnership between Singtel and the SGEA, in which they’re aiming to cultivate Singapore’s first official esports players.
Arthur Lang, CEO of Singel’s International Group added: “We are pleased that our sponsorship of the Singapore team has enabled the athletes to focus on what they do best and having a shot at winning medals for Singapore. This award recognises their skills and contributions, and represents our commitment to support and celebrate their efforts. We believe they will be excellent ambassadors for the sport, and an inspiration to others.
“With the growing popularity of competitive gaming in the region, we are passionate about developing the gaming ecosystem for professionals and amateurs alike through our PVP Esports platform.”
Each worth $10,000 (£7,690.58), the awards offer cash alongside additional funds to aid professional development, education, and athletic training.
Esports Insider says: The introduction of the PVP award is nice in that it rewards players for doing well, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. The inclusion of esports at the Southeast Asian Games is a much bigger deal but this award is a nice accessory.