Sep 12, 2023

PBA Esports gets bigger, better

DARK League Studios is pressing the right buttons making sure the fast-growing discipline of Esports continues to flourish in the country that is looking at 53 million gamers.

"We are here to provide inspiration to young gamers and a platform to showcase their skills," said AC Valdenor, CEO of Dark League Studios, in Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

"We will open possible careers for them," he added, stressing that through Esports, young gamers have started to make a living and to some, help provide for their respective families.

"It's now becoming the bread and butter for their families. We have stories and that has become an inspiration to some children," said Valdenor, who was joined by brand manager Dan Cubangay.

Dark League Studios currently has three pillars under its wings - the PBA Esports through its member ballclubs, Estudyante Esports and Smart GIGA Arena.

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"We started the PBA Esports last January with each team having two players, two influencers, then the members, the fans. The PBA board was extremely excited because we are bringing the PBA closer to the younger generation," said Valdenor.

"It's very entertaining. You see the parents supporting their children wearing the Talk N Text jerseys. We have June Mar Fajardo or Marc Pingris, Jared Dillinger or Christian Standhardinger and we plan to include more," he told the sports program presented by San Miguel Corporation, Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, Philippine Olympic Committee, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Cubangay said promoting Esports (Call of Duty, Mobile Legends and DOTA, among others) through the help of the different schools, colleges and universities is also part of their program.

"Through the PBA Esports we can create careers and aspirations. And hindi lang si PBA ang nag-benefit but Esports as well. Na-elevate yung Esports competition by providing it a professional stage," he said.

Then they're trying to boost their partnerships with the schools leading to a national league then a Southeast Asian league.

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The PBA Esports will resume on Sept. 16 to be followed by the Ultimate Battleground Championships on Oct. 30.(RG)