PLDT, Smart Reveal Pro Gaming Team for The NationalsFebruary 18, 2019
PLDT Inc. and its mobile arm Smart Communications are revving up their esports program as they launch their official professional esports team called ‘Omega.’
Formed in partnership with professional esports management Sterling Global Dragons, ‘Omega’ will represent PLDT and Smart in the much anticipated The Nationals, the country’s first franchise-based esports league.
Kicking off on March 17, The Nationals will pit the official esports teams of the league’s six co-founding members against each other in top competitive games, including the official Southeast Asian (SEA) Games-sanctioned titles Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Tekken 7.
As such, The Nationals serves as a hotbed of world-class athletes who may represent the country in major international esports events. Aside from PLDT and Smart, The Nationals co-founders fielding their teams are BrenPro Inc., Cignal TV Inc., Execration, HappyFeet Esports, and STI Education Systems.
Elevating esports in the Philippines
“Launching ‘Omega’ as our official professional esports team reinforces the long-standing commitment of PLDT and Smart to elevate esports in the Philippines, as well as provide the ultimate gaming experience for Filipino gamers, fans, and enthusiasts,” said Andrew L. Santos, FVP and Consumer Marketing Head for PLDT and Smart.
“Experienced ‘Omega’ athletes show what Filipinos are capable of achieving with their passion and dedication to esports. Hence, more than being a formidable team, ‘Omega’ serves as an inspiration to fellow gamers, who, with the right support, can be at par with the best in the world,” adds Santos.
“We share PLDT and Smart’s vision to legitimize and professionalize esports in the Philippines, and our strategic partnership to establish and manage ‘Omega’ is a huge step toward this goal. Collaborations like this serve as a platform for the gaming community to empower home-grown esports athletes in a holistic way, and enable them to reach their full potential, and set high standards for the community,” – Gerry Lim, Sterling Global Dragons President.
Multi-awarded esports athletes
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