There’s always been THAT stigma attached to esports but what about now when it’s on its peak—and we’re about to choose our official representatives to the SEA games?

After the announcement that esports will finally be a part of the Southeast Asian Games in 2019 comes the formation of our representing team for the first time ever called Sibol! Waaah!

If you aren’t aware of what “sibol” means in Tagalog, it’s basically “growth”. It is definitely a perfect name for our upcoming team since its development marks the rise of esports in our country!

It is currently taking form as there is an ongoing tournament in which only the best-of-the-best players out there will be chosen to represent the country in their respective games.

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) held an open qualifier event where anyone can join from Aug. 11-Aug. 25 and the winners will proceed to the training pool that is taking place.

This training pool or the Sibol National Pool Combine is attended by 76 players and the assigned managers and coaches will select 7 players each to represent Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Arena of Valor (AOV), while 2 players will play for Hearthstones, and Tekken 7!

Just a “game”?

Well, no—JUST NO! If you’re still thinking that you can’t gain anything from playing “games” then take that pre-historical thinking to the trash.

I still remember well when the gaming community was heavily condemned and bashed because many people only see it as a hobby and “laro lang“. Now, we have seen players like Carlos “Kuku” Palad and Jessie Cristy “JessieVash” Cuyco revolutionizing esports. We have globally renowned shoutcasters like Marlon “Lon” Marcelo and Aldrin “Dunoo” Pangan. And Filipino game enthusiasts like Alodia Gosiengfiao and Tryke Gutierrez.

I believe the prominence of esports started in 2016 when TNC monumented their win against the European powerhouse, Team OG. This paved the way for esports to become a booming industry in the country.

We have definitely reached a whole new level with esports! We can see different organizations suddenly appearing in support of the gaming scene like yours truly, U DO U!

Raise the PH banner up by supporting the PH representatives

Sibol marks a new age for Philippine esports as the country now recognizes our gamers as official athletes. And furthermore, we are now slowly becoming more and more accepting of the changes in our gaming community.

We can only hope for more for esports. And what we can do now is to support Sibol in the upcoming SEA Games at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. It will be from December 1 to 6, 2019! Let the games begin!

But wait!!! There’s more in store for you because the pool matches are still ongoing until 7pm today! Watch the live broadcast on their Official FB Page here. 

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