C’mon everyone, it’s 2019, yet there are still some people who believe esports is just a game. And to that we say, stop the discrimination!

Tekken 7 professional player and Sibol representative, Alexandre Laverez, took it to the social media platform on how one restaurant in the Philippines refused his father’s request to watch a live esports tournament on TV. The restaurant said they weren’t showing these kinds of shows simply because they’re “video games”.

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Okay, hold it right there. First of all, it’s just disrespect to Alexandre as he is a widely recognized Tekken 7 player in the country. Second, esports isn’t just a video game. There’s more to it than what you’d usually think. This kind of thinking would be valid then, but today, esports is a booming industry. Don’t believe me? 

A good example would be Dota 2’s The International tournament, wherein professional players from around the world gather and compete for the “aegis”. In this year’s TI, the prize pool amounted to a staggering USD 34,330,068.

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Not to mention the rise of streamers, casters, coaches, and event organizers in the field of esports–much like other sports.


There are a lot of misconceptions about esports. For example, esports is not to be associated with e-games just like what the segment of ABS-CBN News did. Esports by definition is the competitive professional gaming platform.

While e-games, well here, in the Philippines it’s much more of an online gambling platform with games like bingo, blackjack, roulette, keno and much more.

The Nationals

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And if that isn’t enough to diminish the negative stigma surrounding esports, it’s clearly evident how even the Philippine gaming scene is slowly accepting these changes. For one, the tournament the Facebook user was talking about was ‘The Nationals’. It’s a gaming competition including games like Dota, Tekken 7, and Mobile Legends. It’s a platform wherein the competing players can have an opportunity to make a career out of their passion.


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Because of esports slowly taking over the mainstream, the Philippines also formed its official esports team after the announcement that esports will finally be a part of the Southeast Asian Games in 2019. It compromises of players of their respective games like Dota 2, Starcraft II, Mobile Legends, AOV, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7.


They will be undergoing the tournament from December 1 to 6, 2019 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan!

Stop the discrimination


With all these points said, let’s stop the discrimination among esports and especially players and anyone who has a career out of it. As we near the future, esports is expected to level with conventional sports like basketball in terms of viewership, career, and more.

Let’s take that old-age thinking to the trash and open our minds with the possibilities we can achieve with esports. This platform should deserve the same respect just like any industry. But if these reasons aren’t enough to convince stereotypes, then let’s just encourage everyone to STOP THE HATE.


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