Local eSports team ONIC Philippines bagged first place at the Mytel Myanmar COVID-19 Charity Tournament, an international Mobile Legends tournament organized to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts held on March 30-April 8. The prize pool from the tournament amounting to $10,000 (about P507,360) will be donated to COVID-19 cure and prevention efforts in Myanmar.
In the Mytel charity tournament, organized by game developer Moonton and telecommunications firm Mytel Myanmar, eight Southeast Asian eSports teams from Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines battled it out online in double elimination brackets. From the group stages, only six teams qualified for the playoffs led by ONIC Philippines and the Burmese Ghouls, who secured their slots in the semi-finals with 19 and 16 points, respectively.
Unopposed in the semi-finals, the Yellow and Black and the Ghouls faced off once more at the Grand Finals, which ended in the latter’s defeat (3-2) and silver finish. Meanwhile, the Yangon Galacticos, also from Myanmar, failed to quell the advance of ONIC Philippines earlier in the semi-finals (0-2) and were forced to settle for third place.
ONIC Philippines also nabbed first place at the Amplfy WFH Charity Cup held last April 9 when it trounced first runner-up and longtime rival Bren Esports (3-1). Proceeds raised will be donated to the United Nations COVID-19 response fund according to Tier One Entertainment, the Philippine-based eSports agency that organized the tournament.
The team will continue to look at how it can partner or support different NGOs and institutions in response to COVID-19, said ONIC Philippines Country Manager and Head of Business Development Rafael Sanchez.
The Mytel Myanmar COVID-19 Charity Tournament was attended by ONIC Philippines, the Burmese Ghouls, Claw Esports, Team SMG, Yangon Galacticus, Outworld, Impunity, and Team Reslection. More information on the event, including team standings, is available on the Myanmar Game Hub Facebook page.
The Amplfy WFH Charity Cup was organized by Tier One Entertainment, an eSports and gaming agency based in the Philippines founded by eSports veteran Tryke Gutierrez and celeb cosplayer and gamer Alodia Gosiengfao.