For the longest time, South East Asia Major has been associated with the “Lion City,” Singapore. However, that wasn’t always the case: a couple of years back, there were plans to move the event around the region each year. This was first tried out in 2015 with the move to Bangkok, however the change in schedule to October last year saw the event move back to Singapore.
Now it seems that those initial plans to have the SEAM visit different countries every year will finally bear fruit. Beast of the East co-founder Yungtek “Cameraman” Koh formally announced during the GameStart-Asia press conference that South East Asia Major be branching out to other countries again starting next year.
The first of these will be South East Asia Major Philippines, which will be held in 2018. This will be followed up by South East Asia Major Thailand, and South East Asia Major Malaysia in 2019.
The South East Asia region has seen a lot of growth in fighting game tournaments, over the past few years. Aside from being the first region to get a regional Capcom Pro Tour qualifier in 2014, the region has seen a number of major tournaments pop up — such as Thaiger Uppercut, Manila Cup, and FV Cup. This new direction for South East Asia Major sees the region take a step that no other region has done before.
That said — before that, we still have South East Asia Major 2017, which takes place in Singapore next week.