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Taiwan Excellence Initiates First-Ever eSports Tournament in the Philippines


What was once played inside neighborhood cybercafes is fast becoming a mainstream sport in the Philippines. Dubbed eSports, this electronic league — which is now predicted to be worth an impressive $19 billion worldwide — has attracted global companies to capture opportunities in emerging countries such as the Philippines, which has recently produced world-acclaimed gamers. In fact, this year, the internationally recognized 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup is set to hold its first-ever competition in the Philippines.

Organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA, the 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup proves Taiwan’s commitment to bring its best technologies in the competitive eSports arena to more countries.

“Taiwan is known for its breakthrough electronics industry, with renowned innovations and quality products being developed for global distribution. Now with eSports, we take pride in sharing that industry-leading brands are from Taiwan, with Filipino gamers.” -C.T. Wu, director of the Strategic Marketing Dept. at TAITRA

2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup is being made possible with the help of renowned Taiwanese electronic brands such as Asus - the Official Gaming PC Provider of The Taiwan Excellence e-Sports Cup - MSI, Aorus, Avermedia, In-Win, Kingmax, Transcend, XPG, Team Group, Zadak, G.Skill and Zyxel, will provide a top-grade eSports experience in the country.

Registration for the first-ever eSports Cup by Taiwan Excellence starts on June 15, with elimination rounds for CSGO taking place on July 6, 13, 20, and 27, and for LOL on August 3, 10, 17, and 24. Inter-branch games will be held on September 14 for CSGO and September 24 for LOL.

At least 2,000 participants from all over the country are expected to compete for the Php360,000 tournament prize pool. The grand finals for both Counter-Stike: Global Offensive and League of Legends will be held October 4-5 at SM North Edsa The Block, in Quezon City.

Other countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, where 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup took place, see this competition as an ideal channel to hone gaming professionalism before preparing for the SEA Games 2019, which will be held in the Philippines.

SEA Games 2019 marks the first time that eSports is an official medal event. In the 2018 Asian Games, eSports was included as a spectator event. Reports suggest that the 2022 Asian Games are looking to consider eSports as a medal event.

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