Sweet treat for gamers as PH esports tourneys ramp up
The four companies officially unveiled in a virtual press briefing on Feb. 9 Mineski Philippines’ roster of tournaments and activities under its exclusive partnership with Riot Games SEA. This exciting esports alliance sees Mineski Philippines reuniting with longtime partner Globe. Meanwhile, OPPO is making its first foray into esports as their official mobile phone company partner for gaming.
Rise of mobile gaming
At the press briefing, I asked the speakers why Filipinos seem to really excel in mobile gaming.
“Historically, Filipinos have mobile in their blood,” Mineski Philippines Country Manager Mark Navarro quipped.
“And the success of Filipinos in gaming — I don’t want to draw any platform lines here. I think we would want Filipinos to excel in gaming, and not just be a mobile gamer or console gamer or PC gamer. We see that for the past 10 or so years, since the very early inception of esports, there have always been Filipinos competing in the scene. So as gaming is now moving towards mobile, it’s just a change in platform, but the mindset has always been there,” Navarro said.
For her part, Globe VP for Get Entertained Tribe Jil Bausa-Go said mobile gaming has in effect democratized esports.
“To add to that, I agree with Mark, but one of the great equalizers in the field of mobile gaming is the fact that connectivity is more pervasive now, and the devices are now so much more affordable. Like the top-of-the-line and mass-market line of OPPO are super fantastic. So before, when PC games were basically limited by hardware and there’s definitely friction in terms of devices, now that it’s mobile, it actually makes it more accessible for the public,” Bausa-Go said.
VALORANT and Wild Rift
As a sweet treat for gamers, the League of Legends: Wild Rift esports tournaments will adopt a points system. This will be the first time that a points system will be implemented for a mobile game.
Dubbed as the “Wild Rift Points System by Globe”, this innovation will govern the total cash prize that the best performing teams in the national tournament will receive. The total prize pool amounts to Php10,000,000 and the points will also determine how a team can further advance into the Philippine Playoffs.
Mineski holds the official licenses for esports tournaments for Riot Games’ VALORANT and League of Legends: Wild Rift. It will operate the official national tournaments through the Philippine Pro Gaming League (PPGL), co-presented by Globe. These tournaments will qualify the best teams to represent the country in Southeast Asian tournaments, and, possibly the world championship.
Mineski will hold the pre-season League of Legends: Wild Rift Icon series on March 20-21. This will pit eight professional esports teams against each other, including Globe’s esports team Liyab. Visit the official PPGLFacebook page for updates.
Here’s to an exciting year ahead for Philippine esports!