SEVERAL of the country’s biggest esports organizations have united, and are moving forward in a quest to get accreditation from the Philippine Olympic Committee. The XP reward at the end? Recognition as the country’s official esports association.
Here’s a refresher on the role of a national sports association (NSA), and how it fits in the sports landscape.
If the Philippine Esports Organization (PeSO) gets NSA accreditation, it will have “the main responsibility to govern and develop esports nationwide,” the group said in a statement.
“PeSO’s application for NSA accreditation is bolstered by the unified presence of the biggest and most credible collection of esports stakeholders in the Philippines, who have tirelessly worked towards the industry’s growth and betterment since the early 2000s,” continued the statement.
Members of PeSO include Bren Esports, Gariath Concepts, Mineski Philippines, The Nationals, PlayBook Esports, Tier One Entertainment, TV5, and TNC Holdings.
Some of these groups have worked together before, most notably in the staging of the successful 2019 Southeast Asian Games esports event — the first time it appeared in the prestigious regional meet.
Bren Esports, Gariath Concepts, and TNC worked under the leadership of The Nationals Commissioner Ren Vitug to be the National Technical Officials (NTOs) of the tournament, while Mineski Philippines and TV5 co-produced and streamed the event for all the participating countries.
In addition, various members of Bren Esports, Mineski Global, PlayBook Esports, and Tier One Entertainment provided the coaching and management staff for Team Sibol, the Philippine National Esports Team.
PeSO is backed by telecommunications company Smart Communications.
PeSO is also recognized by the International Esports Federation (IESF), an organization that counts 71 associations from around the world as its members. Just this March, the IESF signed an agreement with the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), where the two came to an agreement: the IESF would be the sole international federation for esports, while the AESF would be the sole federation for esports federation for all of Asia.
In a previous report on Spin.ph, the AESF has been lobbying for the retention of esports in the 2021 Southeast Asian Games, after finding out that it had been dropped by organizers for next year’s Vietnam Games.
Meanwhile, PeSO is now in the middle of organizing Philippine qualifiers for the 12th IESF World Championship, which will be held in Israel this December. The qualifiers will be in an online format, with Dota 2 and Tekken 7 in the lineup. TV5 and Cignal will air the qualifiers over One Sports and One Sports Plus
"With the support of Smart Communications, there is no doubt that we are in a stronger position to place in this year’s IESF World Championships,” said Brian Lim, president of PeSO. “Smart’s commitment to support and grow esports and the national team, Sibol, is crucial and is definitely appreciated.”
Jane Basas, SVP and head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart, had this to say: “Our goal is to continue leading the way to bring glory to Philippine esports. After supporting Team Sibol in the 2019 SEA Games, Smart reaffirms its commitment to the esports industry by looking for the next members of Team Sibol who will represent the Philippines in the IESF World Championships.”