Esports professional team Smart Omega is gearing up for the much-anticipated “Mobile Legends M2 World Championships” in January 2021 in Singapore.
“This is the international stage, and we’re representing not just the Omega team, not just the brand, we’re representing our whole country. And it is a very big honor for us,” said Anthony Dennis Senedrin, coach of the Smart Omega team.
Supported by Smart Communications Inc. (Smart), the wireless unit of the country’s largest integrated telco PLDT, the young and talented esports athletes and their coaching staff recently made a courtesy call with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chair Butch Ramirez, a few days before their scheduled flight.
“After the Southeast Asian Games, I realized that esports has a tremendous impact in sports globally, and in the country,” Ramirez said. “Philippine esports has a big potential to be on par with international esports, and we are very happy about the development. I believe in the Filipino talent, and I salute Smart for supporting and taking this important role in sports development in the country. On behalf of the government, through the Philippine Sports Commission, I take pride and joy in supporting these young esports athletes. We hope that they achieve good things in Singapore,” Chairman Ramirez said.
“We have over 43 million gamers in the Philippines, and we want to be able to boost this community. Smart, our parent firm PLDT, and the rest of the MVP Group are fully behind sports development in the country because we believe that sports plays a vital role in nation-building,” said Jude Michael H. Turcuato, FVP and head of Sports at Smart.
For the past years, Smart has been one of the foremost brands to recognize and empower the Philippine gaming community by going all-out with mobile promos and events, supporting teams and tournaments, and actively playing a role in the Philippine Esports Organization (PESO), the official National Sports Association that governs and develops esports in the country.