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PH through to Mobile Legends playoffs of SEA Invitational

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Bren Esports of the Philippines figures in ties with the Yangon Galacticos of Myanmar and Rimo Batara of Indonesia to end the elimination round

DRAW. Bren Esports of the Philippines redeems itself against Rimo Batara of Indonesia to end their two-game series on a tie. Screenshot from YouTube/@Razer


SBP looking to develop esports after PH success in FIBA tilt

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:57 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas sees esports as an event the country will thrive in after Team Pilipinas ruled the Southeast Asia Conference of the FIBA Esports Open

CREAM OF THE CROP. Team Pilipinas put together the best NBA 2K players in the country for the FIBA Esports Open. Photo from Facebook/Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas


Game over: Harassment charges end gaming stars' careers

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:16 PM

More people from the gaming community have come forward to share their experiences of sexual harassment

DIVIDED. Offline TV’s Lily Ki (back row, right), Yvonne Ng and  Imane Anys (front row, second and third from left) accuse co-member Federico Gaytan (back row, center) of inappropriate behavior. Photo from Gaytan’s Twitter (@Fedmyster)

TobiWan quits esports after sexual harassment accusations

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Prominent Dota 2 caster Toby ‘TobiWan’ Dawson says he’s leaving the esports broadcast scene after allegations of sexual harassment

Esports social network Kalaro to be launched in October

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Kalaro wants to be an online hub for esports in the Philippines

KALARO. A photo shows how the Kalaro app appears on mobile. Photo from Kalaro


SEA Invitational to prepare top esports players for next SEA Games

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The SEA Invitational will have 10 countries from the region compete in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Dota 2, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile

REMOTE. Adjusting to the situation created by the coronavirus, the SEA Invitational will stage all of its games online. Photo from Razer


Team PH sweeps Indonesia in FIBA Esports Open with 36-point romp

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The 36-point victory is the Philippines' largest winning margin in the best-of-five series

NO MERCY. Team Pilipinas lives up to the billing as favorites by blowing out Indonesia in all 5 games of their FIBA Esports Open series. Photo from Twitter/@officialSBPinc


No mercy Team PH rules SEA Conference of FIBA Esports Open

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:41 PM

Team Pilipinas clobbers Indonesia by an average of 32 points in the first 4 games of their best-of-five series

DREAM TEAM. Team Pilipinas clinches another pair of dominant wins over Indonesia in the FIBA Esports Open. Photo from Facebook/Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas


Mighty PH grabs 2-0 lead over Indonesia in FIBA Esports Open

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:26 PM

Point guard Aljon 'Shintarou' Cruzin shines the brightest as Team Pilipinas shreds Indonesia to pieces by a combined 61 points

PERFECT START. Team Pilipinas ends Day 1 of the FIBA Esports Open unbeaten in two games. Photo from Twitter/@officialSBPinc


Team PH to showcase Filipino gamers' savvy in FIBA Esports Open

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:35 PM

Like real life basketball players, Team PH members put in hours of work every day to perfect dribble moves, shot timing, animations, and execution of plays

BEST PLAYERS. Team Philippines seeks to make a splash in the FIBA Esports Open. Photo from Twitter/@officialSBPinc


Megan Young joins eSports tournament to raise funds for Love Yourself

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Megan will go up against Red Fernandez in a Mobile Legends tournament dubbed 'VersUs: The TaskUs Battles'

Team PH to compete in maiden FIBA Esports Open

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:43 PM

All Team Philippines members boast of 99 overall NBA 2K counterparts – the highest rating players can attain in the game

SQUAD. Team Philippines will be bannered by Rial 'Rial' Polog Jr, Philippe 'Izzo' Alcaraz IV, Clark 'Clark' Banzon, Custer 'Aguila' Galas, Aljon 'Shintarou' Cruzin, Rocky 'Bak' Braña, and Al 'Alt' Timajo. Photo from Facebook/Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas


Though not spared by coronavirus impact, local esports survives

Jun 07, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Esports shifts from on-site events to online tournaments

CHANGE. Even esports had to adjust to the effects caused by the coronavirus. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP


Esports icon Uzi retires with stress, obesity, diabetes, injury

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:38 PM

A litany of health problems forces League of Legends star Uzi to call it quits

FAN FAVORITE. Uzi (standing) boasts a large fan-base, including 5 million followers in China's Twitter-like Weibo. Photo from Uzi's Twitter

Sunsparks crushes Onic PH to clinch MPL PH title anew

May 31, 2020 - 11:38 PM

In a finals rematch of last season, Sunsparks reasserts its mastery over Onic PH to become the first team to win back-to-back MPL PH crowns

CHAMPS AGAIN. Sunsparks defends its MPL PH throne. Photo grabbed from Facebook/SunsparksEsports


Mobile Legends Pro League to resume this May

Apr 29, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Season 5 of MPL will be powered by Smart Communications, Inc.

LOOK: K-pop stars who are gamers behind the scenes

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:51 PM

League of Legends, Starcraft, and Overwatch are among the most popular video games for K-pop idols

VIRTUAL WORLD. TWICE leader Jihyo (right) says she feels "the truest to myself" when playing video games. Photo from Instagram/@twicetagram


G2, Cloud9 take League of Legends Spring Split crowns

Apr 20, 2020 - 2:56 PM

The brooms are out in the west as G2 Esports and Cloud9 sweep their foes for the LEC and LCS Spring Split trophies

TRIPLE CROWN. Cloud9 secures its third straight regional title. Photo from Twitter/@cloud9


A chance for TNC to bounce back at year's first Dota 2 Major

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:11 PM

After a subpar December, TNC has a chance to regain confidence, and build upon last year's successful run

TNC. Timothy "Tims" Randrup (L) and Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte (R) at a meet-and-greet event in November. File photo from TNC/Twitter


A gold, silver, and bronze on the last day of SEA Games esports

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Caviar Acampado takes home the 'Starcraft II' gold while AK Laverez and Doujin Albar get the podium finish in 'Tekken 7'

SIBOL TEKKEN. AK Laverez and Alexandre Albar win the silver and bronze at the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Philippines brings home the gold medal for 'Dota 2'

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:34 PM

The Philippines comes from behind in epic game 5 finish

SIBOL. From left to right, John Anthony 'Natsumi' Vargas, Mc Nicholson 'Mac' Villanueva, Marvin Salvador 'Boomy' Rushton, Bryle Jacob 'CML' Alvizo, and Jun 'Bok' Kanehara. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


SEA Games Mobile Legends: Philippines advances to gold medal match

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:42 PM

'Alam naming malakas sila pero gold talaga ang gusto namin dahil gusto namin i-prove na kami ang the best,' says Philippine Sibol member Allan Castromayor

MEDAL HOPEFULS. The Sibol-Mobile Legends team stays in the title hunt. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


SEA Games Dota 2: Philippines reaches championship round

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The Philippine Sibol-Dota 2 team secures at least a silver medal in the inaugural SEA Games esports event

SIBOL DOTA 2 TEAM. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


PH to face off with Singapore in 'Starcraft II' SEA Games gold medal match

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Singapore's Thomas 'Blysk' Kopankiewicz defeats Vietnam's Tran 'MeomaikA' Hong Phuc to proceed to the grand finals

ENCAMPADO. Caviar 'EnDerr' Encampado after his victory against Vietnam. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Sibol 'Starcraft II,' 'Mobile Legends' teams make playoffs

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:03 AM

The 'Hearthstone' team misses the cut

SIBOL MOBILE LEGENDS. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


LIVE UPDATES: SEA Games 2019 esports competitions

Dec 05, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The inaugural esports tournament unfolds as Southeast Asian gamers battle for the top prize in Mobile Legends, Starcraft II, Hearthstone, Arena of Valor, Dota 2, and Tekken 7

‘Dota 2’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The members of the Dota 2 national team for the 2019 SEA Games share their tips to help you get a leg up against the competition

SIBOL. From left to right, John Anthony 'Natsumi' Vargas, Mc Nicholson 'Mac' Villanueva, Marvin Salvador 'Boomy' Rushton, Bryle Jacob 'CML' Alvizo, and Jun 'Bok' Kanehara. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


WATCH: Sibol pumped for Tekken 7 hustle

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Out to challenge Southeast Asia’s top Tekken 7 players, AK Laverez and Doujin Albar go for a 1-2 finish

‘Tekken 7’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Nov 27, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Andreij Hosea ‘Doujin’ Albar and Alexandre Gabrielle ‘AK’ Laverez of Sibol Philippines, the national team for the SEA Games, share their tips on how you can smash your opponents at 'Tekken 7'

TEKKEN 7. Sibol's Alexandre Laverez (L) and Andreij Albar (R) play a practice game. Screenshot from Rappler video


WATCH: Sibol Mobile Legends out to flash competitive game

Nov 25, 2019 - 4:33 PM

The seven-man all-star Sibol team believes that much like the country’s other athletes, they too can make the Philippines proud

WATCH: Sibol puts spotlight back on StarCraft II

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Loyal StarCraft players Caviar 'Enderr' Acampado and Justin 'NuksPH' Santos hope to make a splash in their SEA Games debut

WATCH: Sibol Arena of Valor strikes for gold

Nov 20, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Hoping to bank on their international experience, the 7 players of Sibol Arena of Valor look to dominate the field

‘Arena of Valor’: What you need to know

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The mobile multiplayer online battle arena is a medal event for the 2019 SEA Games

QUILLEN. A character from the game Arena of Valor. Illustration from Arena of Valor/Instagram


WATCH: Sibol Hearthstone shoots for 1-2 finish

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Get to know Sibol Hearthstone’s Jia Dee and Dustin Mangulabnan as they target an esports gold in the 2019 SEA Games

Virtual reality: game-changing revolution in esports

Nov 01, 2019 - 5:38 PM

VR may be crucial to the future of esports, although it remains unclear how radical the revolution will be

AFTER-H. Screenshot from official After-H trailer


SEA Games esports gold medalists to receive millions in rewards

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Gold medalists stand to receive P2 million for team events and P1 million for individual events

REP THE COUNTRY. Twenty-seven Sibol athletes will represent the Philippines in eSports in the SEA Games. Photo from PublicityAsia


TNC Predator nabs $125,000 prize in ESL One championship win

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:26 PM

TNC Predator is the first Southeast Asian Dota 2 team to win the tournament

THE TEAM. TNC Predator wins the DOTA 2 championships at ESL One Hamburg 2019. Image from TNC Facebook page.

Still the 'Phenom': Kiefer Ravena shines in Mobile Legends exhibition game

Oct 27, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Kiefer Ravena flashes his skills off court as the basketball star also rules in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

PHENOM. Kiefer Ravena is ready to support the Sibol PH team in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: ESGS 2019

Oct 25, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Here's what you can expect to see at this year's Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit 2019

ESGS 2019. Photo by Angelo Gonzales/Rappler

NBA 2K league adding Shanghai team in 2020

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The Gen.G Shanghai team becomes the NBA 2K's first franchise outside of North America

BIGGER FIELD. The competition gets tougher for Jazz Gaming’s MOAM and the rest of the NBA 2K cast. Photo from NBAE

LOOK: Sibol PH taps 27 athletes for 2019 SEA Games esports tournament

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The Philippine national esports team aims to sweep all events as the country hosts the 2019 SEA Games

Team Liyab standouts vie for 2019 SEA Games esports berth

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Kevin 'Gambit' Dizon and Caviar 'Enderr' Acampado of Team Liyab are part of the Sibol national training pool

TIGHTENED COMPETITION. Team Liyab members train hard to make the cut for the inaugural 2019 SEA Games eSports tournament. Photo from release

eSports at the grassroots: Bringing the game back to town

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament ‘Bayan Mo vs. Bayan Ko’ is taking a ground-up approach to eSports

Armed with smartphones, Myanmar esports players battle power outages

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Myanmar's gaming scene is mushrooming, but frequent power cuts are holding players back in the emerging democracy

MYANMAR GAMES. This photo taken on August 19, 2019 shows eSports professional player Myint Myat Aung, also known as "Deny", playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on his mobile phone in Yangon. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

Dota 2: Cignal, Suha clash in The Nationals season finale

Jun 01, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The esports tournament leaders fight for the crown and the P300,000 grand prize

CHAMPS. The Nationals commissioner Ren Vitug (left) award conference 2 champion Suha-Execration Punishers’ Kimuel "Kimo" Rodis (captain), Marvin "Yaha" Canlas, James "Jamesy" John, Jobe Nkemakolam (team owner), Erin "Japoy" Ferrer, Arnold "Bhm" Garcia Jr, and coach Jeffrey "Foxx" Fortunato. Photo release

Cignal wins inaugural The Nationals title

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:05 AM

The Cignal Ultra Warriors prove why they're the tournament favorites after edging the Suha-Execration Punishers in the Dota 2 finals

INAUGURAL. The Cignal Ultra Warriors defeat the Suha-Execration Punishers for the first ever The Nationals crown. Photo from release

The Nationals Dota 2 finals set April 14

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:54 AM

Three teams fight for the title in the first Dota 2 conference of the 2019 The Nationals

GRAND PRIZE. After a grueling group stage, 3 teams battle for the crown and the P400,000 prize in the The Nationals Dota 2 finals. Photo release

PH eSports group targets international exposure for amateurs

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:10 AM

eSports World Federation aims to hold the eSports World Cup in the Philippines

ROAD TO OLYMPICS. eSports is still vying to be included in the 2024 Paris Olympics. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP


eSports hits big time, with or without Olympics

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:45 PM

eSports may not need the Olympics as several big brands across the globe are jumping on to the hype

RISING SPORT. McDonald's pulls out of German football to focus on eSports. Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

Philippines' TNC bags $500,000 as it reclaims World Electronic Sports Games crown

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:47 AM

TNC is now a 2-time WESG champ having won the inaugural tournament as well in 2016

TNC. Photo from World Electronic Sports Games 2018