Local teams Bren Esports and CX Blanc won big in the 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup, which was held from October 4 to 6. The three-day inaugural challenged local gaming teams in a tournament for two major online gaming titles: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends (LoL).
There was also a competition for the cosplay community. The event was hosted by TV personality and gaming streamer Eric “Eruption” Tai.
For the CS:GO tournament, Bren Esports brought home the grand prize amounting to P56,000, as well as an Asus ROG Delta headset, an ROG Collection shirt, ROG Armor Suite backpack, and P2,000 worth of Sodexo gift certificates for each member .
In a short speech, Bren Esports team captain Renz “Pein” Reyes
expressed the team’s collective sentiment about their victory. “We’re very happy about winning. I think we deserve this because we worked hard for this,” he said.
Bren Esports is set to engage in a series of CS:GO friendly matches against Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup winners from Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Taiwan.
Meanwhile, CX Blanc took home the grand prize of P56,000 for the LoL tournament. Each team member also received an Asus ROG Delta headset, an ROG Collection shirt, an ROG Armor Suite backpack, and P2,000 worth for Sodexo gift certificates from Taiwan Excellence.
Meanwhile, both Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) director Wen Chun-Chang and Taiwan External Trade Development (TAITRA) director Clement Chen graced the kick-off ceremony and mentioned the positive impact that the country’s ICT industry contributes to the Philippines’ eSports community.
This is why alongside the event, an array of Taiwanese tech and gaming brands were exhibited and opened for the public to experience, targeting to raise awareness of budding and experienced local eSports athletes.
Also present in the series of games was actress and celebrity cosplayer Myrtle Sarrosa who went to the different booths and showed fans what the brands had to offer while Ashley Gosiengfiao made an appearance during the LoL tourney leg.
Among the devices exhibited were Asus Republic of Gamers’ ROG Zephyrus S (the world’s lightest and thinnest gaming laptop), the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus WaterForce Xtreme motherboard, Aorus memory cards and video cards, AVerMedia’s plug-and-play AM310 USB microphone and Live Streamer Cam 313, InWin’s WINBOT Limited Edition Transparent Spherical case, Kingmax Semiconductor, memory cards and external portable SSDs from Transcend and T Force, Zyxel’s tri-band Wi-Fi system, and peripherals from XPG, Zadak, and G.Skill.
Aiming for a more hands-on experience to mall-goers to better emphasize the quality of their products, ten gaming desktops were also made available, running both CS:GO and LoL. And since cosplayers were also brandishing their anime-inspired costumes, the event had plenty of photo opportunities for the public accompanied by performances from local pop rock band GraceNote.
The CS:GO and LoL matches were live streamed on the Facebook page of Taiwan Excellence where Nomadph and Ilustrado shoutcasted for the first day and G10 and Een Mercado for the second day.
The 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup was made possible through the efforts of the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) backed by partners Asus Republic of Gamers, Aorus, AVerMedia, In-Win, Kingmax, Transcend, XPG, T Force, Zadak, G.Skill, and Zyxel.