E-sports tournament offers P1-M prize pool

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By Tom Noda E-sports teams in South East Asia (SEA) are scheduled to compete in the upcoming Mineski Pro-Gaming League SEA Grand Finals (MPGL SEA Grand Finals) in the Philippines and are set to vie for over P1-million grand cash prize at stake. mineski Mineski-Events Team (MET), an electronic sports event organizer based in the Philippines, has scheduled the contest on November 29 and 30 at the SM City North EDSA Sky Dome and Cyberzone. Mineski vice president Marlon Marcelo said the event will be the 6th season of the MPGL SEA Grand Finals and will have the biggest prize pool in Philippine DOTA 2 history. Participating teams are from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Vietnam, including open qualifiers from Australia, India, Japan, and Korea. Mineski CEO and founder Ronald Robins said the time is ripe to bring e-sports in the mainstream space especially in the Philippines and to further differentiate itself to e-gaming which most people mistakenly associate e-sports with. ?This is e-sports, it’s different from e-games like the ones in casinos,” Robins said, noting e-sports is an organized video competition among professional gamers. Robins said that historically, the SEA region has been lagging behind their American and European counterparts especially in terms of cash prize. Yet now Korea is recognized for having the most established e-sports organizations. ?The Mineski Pro-Gaming League SEA Grand Finals will let us all show the world that we Filipinos can also produce an international electronic sports event,? Robins said. The executive, however, said the event is not all about the money but the pride that goes up with the competition and the entertainment it brings. According to Marcelo, the P1 million cash prize continues to increase through community contributions like in-game purchases, Mineski Infinity cybercaf? promos, online donations, and revenues from the Secretshop.ph online store. Marcelo said this year’s main sponsors for the MPGL SEA Grand Finals include Gigabyte, SteelSeries, and ViewSonic, three companies engaged in computer hardware and gaming peripherals and accessories. ?Expect the event to be better, bigger and pack more surprises for the e-sports community,? Marcelo said. ]]>

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