Smart Communications-powered Philippine Esports Organization (PESO) has successfully gotten the Philippine Olympic Committee’s (POC) nod as the official National Sports Association to govern and develop esports in the country.
This comes after PESO’s launch in August. PESO includes the largest firms under the Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP) and the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) such as Bren Esports, Gariath Concepts, Mineski Philippines, The Nationals, PlayBook Esports, Tier One Entertainment, TV5, and TNC Holdings.
“We are excited to enable this organization and provide the best technology to elevate the local esports industry,” said Jane Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.
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“With the support of POC and Smart, we will be able to strengthen our position not only in the local scene but also in the global arena,” said Brian Lim, President of PESO.
“I entrust PESO on their endeavors of uplifting the Philippines through esports globally,” said POC Chair Stephen Hontiveros in a statement.
5G-powered gaming hub
In fact, in July, Smart Communications Inc., a PLDT subsidiary, unveiled the country’s first-ever 5G-powered gaming hub and hosted the first mobile phone against PC crossplay exhibition match via cloud gaming.
The mobile telco firm also teamed up with PESO and ESNAP to support the Philippine team to the first Pacific Pro-Am NBA 2K20 Tournament, soon after their stint at the recently-concluded FIBA Esports Open.
Smart also supported Filipino esports athletes in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games during their training, and in the competition. Smart also rewarded the players who bagged gold, silver, and bronze medals at the multi-sports competition’s inaugural virtual tilt.