THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) is cracking down on esports competitions that are not under the regulation of government body, having called the attention of four promoters who held their tournaments without permit.
The government agency on Friday reiterated during its monthly press conference that esports tournaments must be under GAB regulation being a tournament with a prize money at stake, or face legal action.
One of the promoters, the Mineski and Pillar E-Digital Commerce by Mineski Events Team, was even issued a show-cause order last April 20 — already received by the promoter on May 18 — for continuously holding competitions without applying for permits and licensing.
Other events that were not under supervision of GAB over the past months were The Annihilation by PNEL, Cosco Esports by Impetus Events Team, and the Puregold Esports Live.
The three events had a total prize fund of P910,000.
The GAB said it has already reached out to the promoters through official letters and other means that they must comply with the regulations of the government, being considered as a professional competition.
“We can go through the police or the NBI to seek assistance for law enforcement,” said GAB chairman Baham Mitra.
The GAB said other competitions ranging from Mobile Legends, Dota 2, and Valorant have complied with government regulations such ongoing and upcoming tournaments locally such as the Juicy Legends Grand Finals on June 19, and the Predator Esports Circuit from April 24 to October 10.
Spin.ph has requested comment from some of the organizations named, and will update the story accordingly when we receive them.
(UPDATE, 11 June, 7:01 p.m) Mineski released a statement on GAB's allegations. Read it below: