Sen. Bam Aquino, an avid supporter of the eSports industry, lauds the staging of the ESL One Dota Tournament in the country, saying this is a chance to show cyber athletes from around the world that eSports is more fun in the Philippines.
The ESL One will be held for the first time in Southeast Asia with the first-ever premium Dota 2 tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena from April 23 to 24.
The event will feature top teams from around the world as they battle for a lion’s share of the $250,000 top purse and the honor of becoming ESL One champion.
Sen. Bam is expected to grace the event’s kickoff on Saturday (April 23).
Sen. Bam said the event will put the country as the next mecca for eSports and will bring fresh employment and business opportunities for Filipinos.
“ESL coming to the Philippines, will bring business opportunities and prestige to the country,” said Sen. Bam.
The office of Sen. Bam has been extending assistance to the local eSports community as support for the growth of the community and development of the e-industry in the country.
“We’ve been greatly impressed working with our eSports community and our Filipino cyber athletes, not only with their success in global competitions, but also in their dedication to professionalize our local eGaming industry,” said Sen. Bam.
Through Sen. Bam’s initiative, the Philippine eSports Association (PeSPA) was formed to strengthen the foundation of eSports in the country.