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THRIVING CULTURE OF ESPORTS IN THE PH

Your eyes had been trained on the computer screen, tapping the keyboard like a loopy, slaying enemies and stockpiling weapons. As a result, hearing “kaka-kompyuter mo ‘yan!” became a staple growing up, and the remark usually popped up in any of the following situations: may headache, or mababang grades sa school. Youngsters these days have it less complicated: they may constantly say they’re educating for their future career in online gaming.

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Within the last few years, the eSports industry has grown at an exponential rate. Esport players have emerged as major celebrities in their own right, with large prize money winnings and brand endorsements.

In the Philippines, there is an increase in the popularity of eSports.

According to JJ Lin, the esports manager for Moonton, in a report released by ABS-CBN in August 2019, the Philippines has the second-largest number of Mobile Legends gamers, trailing only Indonesia. Moonton is the game developer behind the extremely popular Mobile Legends (also known as ML), which has a sizable following in the United States also. It’s grown to the point where we have a MLBB Professional League (MPL), the primary professional Mobile Legends league, which is now in its seventh season.

In the last few months, Pinoy expert gamers have been actively participating in competitions. The primary Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship, abbreviated as M1, took place from November 15 to 17 in Malaysia, crowning evos sports of Indonesia as the first MLBB champion. 16 groups from all over the world took part in the event, with two teams, Sunspark and Onic Philippines, serving as our representatives.

The Philippines recently won its first-ever eSports gold medal, defeating international champion Indonesia in the thirtieth Southeast Asian video games way to Sibol Mobile legends team. During that run, the United States won three gold medals in total, two of which came from victories in the video games Dota 2 and Tekken 7.

There were discussions in early 2020, prior to the quarantine, about teaching an esports course in schools. Tier One, an esports management and talent agency, revealed their progress in developing an esports course with Lyceum of the Philippines. “It is meant for those who will work on the backend operations of esports,” Tier One CEO Tryke Gutierrez says.

Interested in learning more about the esports movement? Getting to it is the best way to understand it. Check out the games you might want to try.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (ML)

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, released in November 2016, is a multiplayer-online arena game. The standard game mode pits two five-person teams against each other, with the goal of destroying the enemy’s base before they do. Each player takes control of a different character or Hero, each with their own set of abilities and traits. There are 112 heroes to choose from (some of which must be unlocked), and they can be classified as tank, fighter, assassin, mage, marksman, or support. It is best to ensure that your team is well-rounded in terms of these classes as a strategy to increase your chances of winning. You can also customize your Emblem, Battle Spells, and Gear as well.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Check out PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), an online multiplayer battle royale game inspired by the Japanese film Battle Royale. As in the film, the primary goal is to be the last player standing (or team; you can play as a duo and as a four-member team, too). Each game begins with a hundred players dropping onto the map; take note that you have the option of landing anywhere on the map. Once players land, they can explore the area for supplies and engage in combat with other players to become the ultimate survivor. A fun fact about this game is that it has been downloaded over 600 million times!

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DOTA 2

Some of you may remember DOTA from your high school days, and yes, a sequel to the PC-only game is now available. When playing DOTA 2, you must collect gold, gain experience, and destroy the Ancient of the opposing team in order to win. It is frequently stated that DOTA 2 is difficult to learn and has a steep learning curve; therefore, it is recommended to begin with Single Draft, in which you choose three random characters from a pool of over one hundred heroes. This limits the pool selection and makes it less intimidating for beginners.

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Call of Duty: Mobile (COD)

According to the press release, this first-person shooter game will “provide a greatest hits tour of the franchise’s most popular multiplayer modes.” It will appeal to fans of the early Call of Duty video games as well as newcomers to the franchise. Three modes are included in the mobile release: multiplayer, zombies, and battle royale. In multiplayer, there are two modes: Team Deathmatch, in which players form a team and compete against other teams for points; and Search & Destroy, in which players form a team and, well, destroy the enemy.

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