First franchise-based eSports league to be launched in PH

The Philippines is taking a huge step in electronic sports with the launch of The Nationals, an eSports league similar to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

TV5 president and CEO Chot Reyes. Screen grab from Sports5

In The Nationals, teams will bring in representatives in three eSports disciplines — PC, mobile, and console. Just like in the PBA, The Nationals will be nationally televised through ESPN 5.

“We have been pioneers in putting up eSports tournaments on free TV, so it makes perfect sense for us to air the first ever franchise-based league in the Philippines,” TV5 president and CEO Chot Reyes said.

The buildup to the new league begins with “The Road to Nationals” starting in August and will culminate at the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit 2018 on Oct. 26-28.

The tournament series will serve as a basis for the gamers who will take part in The Nationals, which in turn will be the basis of the national teams that will take part in the SEA Games, the Asian Games, and the Olympics. — Ivan Stewart Saldajeno (PNA)

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