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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


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