Talk about a week of shockers. Hong Kong Attitude (HKA) has delivered the biggest upset so far in the League of Legends Pacific Championship Series Summer Split.
HKA defeated reigning Spring Split champions, PSG Talon (PSG), in Week 2’s Match of the Week. And now the improbable has happened. Taipei J Team (JT) and HKA, placed 7th and 8th, respectively, in the PCS 2020 Spring Split. Both, however, now sit at the top of the League of Legends PCS 2020 Summer Split rankings.
Both teams played three matches in Week 2 and won all three, including HKA’s shocking victory over PSG.
Looking to get your hands on the latest Lenovo Legion gaming devices? Lenovo Philippines has launched a Legion promo where customers can pre-order the Legion devices bundled with other Legion accessories.
From June 26 to July 11, customers who avail of the promo can get the Legion 5, IdeaPad Gaming 3i, and Legion Tower 5i with free Legion accessories worth up to Php10,000. The accessories bundled with the Legion devices allow elevated gameplay and give gamers a competitive advantage.
Announced this April, Legion’s latest devices are equipped with gamer-focused features. Lenovo Philippines introduced them in its first ever online product launch as part of the new normal.
Kalaro Software Architect Jun D. Lasco told Digital Life Asia that this central hub for esports entertainment and gaming tournaments seeks to address the pain points of esports athletes and brands.
“One of the main pain points is the fragmented esports industry, especially in Southeast Asia and similarly situated countries. This fragmentation and lack of order makes it extremely difficult to strengthen the industry’s full capacity. Some stakeholders consequently get the short end of the deal. For instance, player compensation and incentives, or brands not benefiting from their marketing investment,” Lasco said.
Are you an esports athlete or fan? A new platform called eSportStars is now open for pre-registration. eSportStars aims to promote esports to a bigger audience by providing the chance to earn money through competitions and a cryptocurrency reward service.
eSportStars is a new service from TimeTicket GmbH, a wholly-owned Swiss subsidiary of Japan’s TimeTicket Inc. The platform is open to everyone, including professional esports players, fans, and players aiming to become professionals around the world.
Not only that, but also users will be rewarded with cryptocurrency for their competition results. That’s because this esports platform runs on TimeCoinProtocol, a blockchain and cryptocurrency project that TimeTicket GmbH is working on. The project is planning to issue a cryptocurrency called TimeCoin.
The League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (PCS) 2020 Summer Split kicked off with the curtain-raiser match between reigning champions PSG Talon (PSG, formerly Talon Esports) and Machi Esports (MCX).
The Spring Split finals rematch was a mouthwatering encounter for the fans. They were eager to watch PSG’s new mid laner, PSG Tank, debuting in place of the regular starter, PSG Candy.
Week 1 of the League of Legends PCS 2020 Summer Split also saw a brand new partnership with Taiwan’s largest bank, CTBC Bank. In the first deal of its kind in Southeast Asia, CTBC Bank made a three-year investment in the League of Legends PCS.
The PCS kicked off this year. It is a merged evolution of the League of Legends Master Series and League of Legends Southeast Asia Tour (LST). Riot Games and FunPlus Esports are the co-organizers of the PCS. Meanwhile, Garena is the publisher of LoL in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The combined league continues to increase the level of competition in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. At the same time, the PCS is creating a more engaging experience for fans. It began its Second Split on June 20 with a rematch between PSG Talon and Machi Esports.
“CTBC Bank’s commitments to integrity, innovation and care for their customers directly echo the driving principles of the PCS. We’re thrilled to team up with them on this groundbreaking partnership. This will provide meaningful and long-term value to our fans. We couldn’t be more excited to build the future of League of Legends esports in the region together,” Chris Tran, Head of Esports at Riot Games Southeast Asia, said in a press statement.
Martial arts fans are very familiar with ONE Championship, which is Asia’s largest global sports media property. Some, however, might not be aware that the company is also a leader in esports through ONE Esports. Today, ONE Championship has announced that its existing commercial partnership with TUMI will include a special challenge in Season 1 of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” to design and launch the ultimate luxury gaming bag.
Together with ONE Esports, TUMI’s global design team will challenge the show’s contestants. They will have to help design, market, and launch the ultimate luxury gaming bag in an episode of the series. The goal is to deliver the perfect companion for esports athletes.
“We are excited to partner with ONE Championship on ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.’ We look forward to seeing the innovative designs and out-of-the-box marketing launch plans the contestants come up with to elevate the journeys of gamers around the world,” said TUMI Creative Director Victor Sanz in a press statement.
Many people know Megan Young as an actress and model. In 2013, she also made history as the first Filipina to win the Miss World title. Some, however, might not be aware she also has a passion for gaming. Her love affair with video games started when she was very young. No pun intended.
“Our parents had 9 to 5 jobs (my mom worked three jobs at one point). So I guess they needed to find a way to stop us from causing havoc around the house! Kidding aside, I remember clearly that our dad bought us an SNES. I couldn’t stop playing games like Q*bert and Galaga. I was really young, and I probably didn’t understand the mechanics of the game. But I was so drawn to the style of the games,” Young told Digital Life Asia.
“We had our first PC at home when I was eight years old. My dad thought it would be something I would like since I wasn’t the type of kid that liked sports or going out to play. From there, he showed me how I can make my own website through an online generator that would put everything together. As I was learning more about it on my own, I knew I wanted to push beyond just clicking away at options and started reading about HTML, CSS, and Java so that I could make my website better than the other ones out there! I guess I really was competitive early on haha!”