The Mobile Legends team of Salarium emerged victorious in Round 1 of the ULeague: Charity Clash Tournament that Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) and its partners launched. This was for the benefit of charities with COVID-19 relief programs, including Caritas Manila.
Their team, also called SALARIUM, defeated the Noob Killers of Dragonpay in the Round 1 finals held on June 11. The organizers will hold the succeeding rounds in the coming weeks.
“We launched our own internal esports tournament early this year as an avenue to foster community and engagement in UnionBank through gaming,” UnionBank Senior Vice President and Head of the Fintech Group Arvie de Vera said in a press statement.
“With the Charity Clash Tournament, we want to build the same community through gaming in the fintech industry, and advocate our value of Ubuntu as we support organizations like Caritas Manila that continue to help out our kababayans during this time of need,” he said.
Esports for charity
UnionBank, led by its Fintech Group, and its partners the Distributed Ledger Technology Association of the Philippines, Fintech Philippines Association, UShare, and Tech Up Pilipinas organized the Mobile Legends tournament.
Round 1 featured the esports teams of UnionBank partners and sister companies. The partners included the top fintechs in the country such as Dragonpay, Salarium, Philippine Digital Assets Exchange, and Coins.ph. UnionBank and its subsidiaries UBX, PeraHub, and CitySavings Bank also participated.
All participating teams have pledged a donation which will all go towards Caritas Manila. Moreover, viewers of the livestream were also encouraged to donate to the organization.
The winner of each round of the ULeague Charity Clash Tournament will receive a cash prize of Php10,000. They will also earn a spot to compete in the Grand Championship.
Banking, fintech, mobile gaming, and esports? Now that’s the new normal that’s music to our ears.