No one saw this coming.
On Saturday, at the Yio Game On event, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong got some time off to sit behind a keyboard and mouse today to learn the basics of Dota 2 and pwn some noobs.
He attended a gaming event hosted by the Yio Chu Kang Community Club and took part in the Dota 2 beginner’s class run by Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) esports academy.
While he might not have familiarized himself with the more complicated aspects of Dota 2, the fact that he is now knowledgeable about the intricacies of Dota 2 and the amount of skill required to play it in a professional level, is good news for Singaporean Dota 2 fans.
The Yio Game On event also hosted esports tournaments for Mobile Legends and Clash Royale which PM Lee acknowledged.
With popular political figures like the Malaysian Minister for Sports: Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, the former Malaysian Prime Minister: Najib Razak, and now the Singaporean Prime Minister: Lee Hsien Loong acknowledging and encouraging esports the future seems very bright for SEA.
The inclusion of esports in the SEA Games 2019 is a testament to that fact.