The hunt for talent has begun for schools set to see action in the inaugural season of the Collegiate Center for Esports (CCE).
Colleges and universities have kicked off their search for deserving players who will complete their respective squads, months before the campus-based Mobile Legends league launches its maiden season next year.
The 10 schools which will compete in the CCE include Arellano, St. Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Jose Rizal University, Letran, Lyceum, Mapua, San Beda, San Sebastian, and Perpetual.
“The popularity [of esports] is there. The students are seeing it as a chance to play in the big leagues someday,” said Arellano athletics director Peter Cayco in a mix of Filipino and English.
Arellano has staged tournaments in its different branches with hopes of finding prospects for its team.
“The competitive skills of the students are in full display. It’s a new talent that they can hone,” Cayco said.
Before the official season, the CCE will hold the Mobile Legends 5-on-5 Varsity Cup in November where basketball players from the 10 participating schools will vie for the title.
“We are delighted by the efforts of our beloved schools in this noble cause for esports,” said CCE president Edwin Chiong.
“It’s just the beginning and we look forward to the further growth and development down the road with the interest of our student-athletes remaining as the top priority.” – Rappler.com