TWO standouts from Team Liyab hope to crack the national esports team that is set to make its debut in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Kevin "Gambit" Dizon and Caviar "Enderr" Acampado were both named as part of the Sibol national training pool team, and the two gamers are optimistic about their chances of being tapped to represent the country in the November 30 to December 11 biennial meet.
Gambit is the Arena of Valor team captain, while Enderr is a champion player in StarCraft II. Together, they form part of the Team Liyab Globe Telecom's professional esports team, in partnership with Mineski.
"Confident ako na makakapunta sa SEA Games," said the multi-titled Acampado in Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Amelie Hotel-Manila, where he was joined by Dizon and fellow Liyab teammates Em "Kaisaya" Dangla (Liyab Haliya Arena of Valor team captain) and Jeshua "Fofi" Ferrer (Liyab Haliya League of Legends).
Dizon added, "Yung mga kasali sa SEA Games kasi nakakalaban na rin naman namin."
With them in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, Amelie Hotel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) were Liyab Team Manager Gerald Sobrepena and Dennis Christian Dominguez, head strategy, Globe Games and Esports.
Gambit and Enderr were among the top 36 esports players directly invited to the national pool. Together with 40 others that passed the qualifiers, they were evaluated and competed in the Sibol National Pool Combine held last August 29 to 31 at the Ayala Malls Circuit.
From there will be chosen the country's representatives to the esports events in the SEA Games, which includes Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor, Tekken 7, Hearthstone, and StarCraft II.
Sobrepena believes Dizon, Acampado, and the other members of Team Liyab who are in the Sibol training pool will make the national team. "I think they were able to show their best and show that they deserve to be part of Sibol (national team)," said the Liyab team manager.
To show that their support for Team Liyab is a continuing process, Dominguez mentioned that Globe is also considering the establishment of an local esports school just like what Singapore did recently.
"In terms of establishing a school (Esports) here, that’s also a possibility," he said about the need to create a Philippine institution that should cater to the fastest growing sport in the world.
Just recently, Globe formed Team Haliya, an all-female esports unit that include Dangla and Ferrer. The two ladies are fresh from competing in the Female Esports League (FSL) League of Legends Tournament held at the Suntec Convention Center in Singapore last September 5 to 8.