goodmorningpapua.com – The Indonesian Esports Executive Board (PB ESI) revealed that as many as 40,000 persons have registered to take part in the Papua National Sports Week (PON) XX for esports exhibition, which will start competing on September 22.
“The recap data per two days ago consisted of a total of 40,000 participants who had registered to the Garudaku.com platform,” said a Head of Public Relations and Communications of PB ESI, Ashadi Ang, in a virtual press conference, Tuesday (24/8/2021).
Registration has started to open on August 18, which means that during five days since registration opened, the esports exhibition has attracted the enthusiasm of 40,000 gamers in the country.
“To get to the age, it is still in the reconciliation stage, until the close registration stage we will describe all the data collection. This is extraordinary support from 514 districts and 34 provinces,” said Ashadi.
PB ESI has just announced that PUBG Mobile is included in the competition in the esports exhibition of PON XX Papua, following Free Fire, Mobile Legends and eFootball PES 2021 which were announced earlier.
In addition to PUBG Mobile, PB ESI also announced that the local Indonesian game Lokapala was also included in a friendly match at the PON XX exhibition of Papua.
“But for registration, everything remains centered on the official PBESI esport platform, namely Garudaku.com,” said Ashadi.
After going through the qualifying and Pre-PON rounds, the best athletes or teams in each province will be flown to Papua to compete in the PON XX Final of Papua which will be held at the esports arena located at the Hockey & Cricket field in Doyobaru, Jayapura, on September 22-26 .
Lokapala team finalists will compete for a total prize of IDR 200,000,000. While the other four games will compete for medals from PB PON. The Secretary General of PB ESI, Frengky Ong, said the same thing. The winners of the esports exhibition for PON XX of Papua will be prospective national athletes who have brilliant careers in the future because they compete in the official national arena, and are expected to become Indonesian national athletes.
Moreover, Frengky also hopes that not only battle royale and Moba games, but also electronic sports, such as car racing, bicycle racing or chess that use electronic devices, can enter PB ESI. It was in response to the Tokyo Olympics where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) created the virtual Olympics series (OVS) to connect the world of physical sports with the virtual sports gaming community including cycling, auto racing, rowing, sailing and virtual baseball.