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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

Inside a Berlin 'gaming house,' where the esports elite hone their skills

Mar 02, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The idea of a gaming house allows teammates to live and play together under one roof, with hours dedicated to improving performances

UNDER ONE ROOF. A gamer, member of the eSports outfit Team Vitality, plays video games in the training room on January 16, 2019 at a Gaming House in Berlin's western suburb Halensee. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Philippine Pro Gaming League returns with P1.3 million prize pool

Feb 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

'League of Legends,' 'Tekken 7,' 'Rules of Survival,' and 'Arena of Valor' are the tourney games

Illustration from PPGL 2019

10 striking sports moments on social media in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:02 PM

From the shocking 'basketbrawl' to the inclusion of esports as a medal event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, here's a roundup of the most interacted sports events on Rappler's social media accounts this year

The past, present and future of PH's premier videogame convention

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In 4 years, ESGS has become an important date on the Filipino gamer's calendar. We look back at what they've been able to accomplish, and where they want to head next

ESGS has grown its audience and its impact since its inception. Photo from Gariath Concepts

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Dec 05, 2018 - 10:30 PM

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Nov 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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Esports now a medal event at 2019 SEA Games

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:54 PM

It’s the first time for esports to be a medal event in sporting events under the International Olympic Committee

MEDAL SPORT. David Tse, global esports director from gaming computer and accessory maker, Razer, announces that esports will be a medal event at 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PH players can join NBA 2K League with Asia-Pacific tourney

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:26 PM

In the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League, players earned from $32,000 to $35,000 along with a myriad of benefits

EXPANDING. NBA 2K League opens its doors to the Asia-Pacific region. Photo from Instagram (@nba2kleague)

MMA outfit announces Asian esports championship

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:05 PM

ONE Championship sees a 'natural crossover' between martial arts and gaming fans

NEW VENTURE. ONE Championship, which features Filipino fighters like Joshua Pacio, will stage 30 MMA events next year. Photo from ONE

Basketball legend Michael Jordan invests in esports franchise

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The six-time NBA champion joins his fellow Dream Team teammate Magic Johnson as an aXiomatic investor

Former NBA star Michael Jordan and President of the Los Angeles Lakers Jeanie Buss attend the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, February 18, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Videogamer shoots 2 dead, kills self at 'Madden NFL 19' tournament

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

The suspect of the shooting has been identified as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland

US SHOOTING. Jacksonville Sheriff's officers investigate the shooting at Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/AFP

eSports' 2022 Asian Games medal status put on hold

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:04 PM

An Olympic Council of Asia official says eSports needs to have 'one international federation' before it can be included as an official medal sport

GROWING SCENE. An esport athlete competes at Thailand's Intel Game Time event in June 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

PH Esports set to rise with new national sports association

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP) hopes to develop world-class Filipino talents in online gaming

CORNERSTONE. (from left to right) TV 5 president and CEO Chot Reyes, tournament organizer Richard Brojan and ESNAP secretary-general Ren Vitug pioneer the launch of the country's first franchise model esports league. Photo from PUBLICITYASIA

Record-breaking $100 million in store for 'Fortnite' players

May 22, 2018 - 3:29 PM

'Fortnite' breaks the record of 'Dota 2,' which awarded a total of $38 million in 2017

FORTNITE. The game hosts an average of 46 million players per month, leading to huge revenues for its makers. Photo from Epic Games

From Uber driver to NBA pioneer: Shaka Browne dazzles as 2K League star

May 19, 2018 - 9:53 PM

'I wasn't born to be 6'8 but everyone has an opportunity to be in the NBA 2K League,' says Browne, the Jazz Gaming point guard

DREAM COME TRUE. Shaka Brown, also known as Yeah I Compete, plays for Utah Jazz's NBA 2K League affiliate, Jazz Gaming. Photo from Alex Lowry/Utah Jazz

'League of Legends,' 'Starcraft II' to debut at 2018 Asian Games

May 16, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Also debuting are 'Hearthstone,' 'Pro Evolution Soccer 2018,' 'Clash Royale' and 'Arena of Valor.' The Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.

Virtual championship, real ambition as NBA launches eSport league

May 01, 2018 - 8:03 AM

A total prize pool of $1 million is up for grabs in the league featuring 17 of the 30 NBA franchises

PIONEERING. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA 2K League will have ‘a new generation of athletes.’ Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Gamers invited to join Mobile Legends PH pro league's final qualifiers

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines, the first pro ML league in the country, has a $100,000 prize pool

MPL PHILIPPINES. Photo from Moonton

Globe seeks new revenues from eSports

Apr 19, 2018 - 6:35 PM

With the launch of Globe Gaming, the telco looks to repeat its strategy of building new revenue streams around specific content, similar to what it has done with music, videos, and live events

Globe launches Globe Gaming on April 19. Photo by Chris Schnabel

'Vainglory' becomes first mobile MOBA to be part of China's top esports event

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:36 PM

The game will join heavyweights such as 'Dota 2' and 'Counter Strike: Go' in China's premier gaming tournament, the World Electronic Sports Games

The world of online games arrives in China for WESG Grand Final

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Victory at the $5.5-million World Electronic Sports Games Grand Final will also ensure immortality in the eyes of the millions of eSport fans

LEVEL UP. In this file photo, gamers take part in the European finals of the 2017 World Electronic Sports Games in Barcelona on November 23, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Esport community conflicted as it feels effects of new GAB rules

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The Games and Amusement Board now requires mandatory drug testing for THC and methamphetamine for players, official athletic licenses, and sharing of profits from organizers

MANILA MAJOR. In 2016, the Philippines hosted one of Valve's official Dota 2 tournaments, way before the Games and Amusement Board granted esport players athlete status. File photo from PGL eSports Facebook page.

Valve rescinds PH 'Dota 2' tournament's Major designation

Jan 05, 2018 - 9:39 AM

The decision is 'based on what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country,' says Valve

GALAXY BATTLES 2. Valve revokes this tournament's Major status. Image from Galaxy Battles Facebook page.

PH esports achievements in 2017: Athletic licenses, victories, major fests

Dec 22, 2017 - 8:28 PM

From being recognized as athletes to international victories, PH esport players has had a lot to celebrate in 2017

Drive for Olympic status threatens esports split

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:51 PM

One side believes that Olympic inclusion strengthens the legitimacy of esports while another thinks that it will cause the sport to lose its soul

GROWING SCENE. An esport athlete competes at Thailand's Intel Game Time event in June 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

WATCH: Esports And Gaming Summit 2017 opens!

Oct 28, 2017 - 7:09 PM

The Philippines' biggest games convention returns. Here's what you can catch!

2K18. This year's edition of the popular basketball sim makes a strong showing at ESGS 2017. Photo by Nadine Pacis/Rappler

Catching up with Filipino NBA 2K17 Asia champ, Custer Galas

Oct 27, 2017 - 12:13 PM

Galas defends his PH crown at this year's Esports and Gaming Summit

2K CHAMP. Galas at the Esports and Gaming Summit 2016 after winning the Philippine championships. File photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

4 upcoming games that have esports potential

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:00 AM

While Dota 2 isn't fading soon, here are some new games that should be a hoot to watch pro players master

FIGHTERZ. The new Dragon Ball fighting game is gaining traction for its beautiful visuals and potential as a spectator esport. Screenshot from Dragon Ball FighterZ

Esports battle for a knockout at Tokyo game show

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Japan looks to improve its esports presence as the sector, worth billions of dollars annually, continues to grow

ESPORT RISING. Visitors try out games at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba City, suburban Tokyo on September 21, 2017. Top eSports players traded digital blows at a show near Tokyo on September 21 as laggard Japan moves to up its game in the booming spectator draw now worth billions of dollars annually. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

5 most common health concerns for esport athletes

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:33 PM

As esports’ popularity rises it s important to know the health risks involved in logging long hours in front of a screen and on a keyboard or controller

GROWING SCENE. An esport athlete competes at Thailand's Intel Game Time event in June 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

WATCH: Highlights of Rampage 2017, PH's biggest League of Legends event

Aug 01, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Watch winning team Manila Eagles take home P300 000 in our recap of Sunday s League of Legends extravaganza

BIG PRIZE. Team Manila Eagles wins P300,000 in winning the tournament. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Alibaba backs decision to add video games to 'Asia Olympics'

Apr 20, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The decision by the Olympic Council of Asia OCA to debut the new category during the games in the eastern city of Hangzhou raised eyebrows

E-SPORTS IN ASIA GAMES 2022. The Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China announce their partnership to bring e-sports to the official sports program of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Image from

Filipino 'Dota 2' player DJ Mampusti rejoins UK-based Fnatic

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Prior to his return Mampusti helped Fnatic win 1 4 million at last year s The International 6

AIEL to bring esports to Ilonggo high schools

Mar 31, 2017 - 7:57 PM

The Acclaim Interschool ELeague features 16 high schools in League of Legends and 32 contestants in Super Smash Bros for Wii U

Mineski's Dota 2 team to reform under Malaysian leadership

Mar 22, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Yap Chee Loong CEO of Mineski s Malaysian branch will be managing the Philippine based esport organization moving forward

REVAMP. Photo courtesy of Mineski

Brazilian football club signs goalie convicted of murdering girlfriend

Mar 15, 2017 - 4:13 AM

Bruno Fernandes who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and feeding her to dogs says he wants to concentrate on his work with club team Boa Esporte

SECOND CHANCE? Bruno Fernandes was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the heinous murder of his girlfriend but was freed last month by Brazil's Supreme Court pending appeal. Photo by Cristiane Mattos/AFP

Manila Masters Philippine Qualifiers announced

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Who will represent the Philippines in the first locally produced international Dota 2 event of 2017?

WATCH: PH versus Taiwan in NBA 2K17 Asia Tournament Finals

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The winner takes home US 3 000

FINALISTS. Photo from 2K Facebook page

PH wins big at 2016 World Electronic Sports Games

Jan 16, 2017 - 9:17 AM

TNC Pro Team wins the WESG 2016 DOTA 2 tournament while Euneil Staz Javiñas bags the Hearthstone grand prize

TROPHY. This Trophy awaits the winners of the 2016 World Electronic Sports Games. Photo from WESG website.