DOTA 2 likely still out for SEA Games '23—report

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Host country Cambodia is not currently keen on bringing back DOTA 2 for the 2023 Southeast Asian Games even if the region will be fresh from hosting The International 11.

In a report by on Tuesday, DOTA 2 is not listed as one of the esports titles to be played in next year's event, one year after the holding of TI11 in Singapore.

DOTA 2 was first offered during the inaugural SEA Games esports event in San Juan City in 2019, but it was scrapped off the list for the 2022 edition in Hanoi.

The said game is still out of the list even if some specks of the TI11 hype among Southeast Asians could remain come May 2023.

While nothing is official at the moment, five games have been initially listed to the SEA Games, namely Attack Online 2, PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, LOL Wild Rift, and Raid.

Only Raid will be played in PC, while the other four games are to be played on mobile.

The mobile game events will be divided into two divisions each.

For Attack Online 2, also known as AK2, and PUBG Mobile, they will be played in solo and team divisions.

For ML and LOLWR, they will be played in men's and women's divisions.

Only one team division will be played for Raid, counting the events for next year's SEA Games esports competition for now at nine.

The 2023 SEA Games will happen in Phnom Penh from May 5-16, so changes are expected to take place in the coming months.

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