Esports may be a big thing in the Philippines now, but it came from very humble beginnings.
How did the Philippines esports industry progress through the years?
- The old guards
- The present day
- The foreseen future
Esports in the Philippines is no longer an unknown subject. Chances are, if you’re active online, you will have heard many a thing about esports. With the buzz that a Filipino Dota 2 team, TNC Gaming, spawned 2 years ago, almost everyone should be aware of how big the esports industry in the Philippines has grown.
For avid fans of esports, this won’t be big news as you may be updated with all the latest happenings right now. However, to better savor the success that esports in the Philippines has achieved, a look at how its journey went is ideal.
The Old Guards
A couple of years ago, decades even, the term esports wasn’t widely accepted across the world. News outlets and TV shows who became aware of the infamy of competitive games had bashed the term and shut down any possibility for it to be considered a real sport. Apart from these shows, families, particularly parents see gaming as a waste of time. Most of the time, any adult would implement strict rules for their children who want to play games.
In the past, games were considered hobbies and nothing more. And even when it’s a hobby, most adults didn’t take well when their kids had them as their past time. A lot of stories came out with people saying that gaming addiction is rampant among kids who play. Many people who were against or at the very least dislike the idea of gaming as more than a hobby developed many justifications to make people stop playing.
The Philippines was a prime example of all these negative foresights toward the gaming industry. The Filipino culture is known for raising kids who are very obedient to their parents, thus most of the time children would be forced to follow their parents and not play games at all. It came to the point when kids would actually sneak out to play with their friends, or wake up late at night when everyone was sleeping just so they could play.
There weren’t any facilities that catered to the online gaming industry, and it was pretty much ignored for so long. In the past, internet cafes were the haven of the people who wanted to find a place to play games. But right now, in the present, it has taken a giant turn for the better.
The Present Day
Online gaming, or more commonly known as esports, in the Philippines has only recently become a legitimate industry. Late to the party, a lot of other countries have started to treat esports as a true sport in and of itself. Many local and international tournaments have been organized, organizations have been formed in order to facilitate and manage it, and the government has organized it as something legitimate across all platforms.
In the Philippines, the Gaming and Amusement Board, directly under the office of the President, is the one the manages everything that is related to the esports community. It has helped a lot in the proliferation of the esports industry in the Philippines, evident in the recent years when multiple esports teams from the Philippines competed in big-name tournaments like The International, one of the biggest Dota 2 tournaments to date.
The Philippines has already hosted 2 major esports tournaments, cementing it as one of the most active and passionate Southeast Asian country when it comes to esports.
The Foreseen Future
Esports has grown into a giant industry that is beloved and accepted by many people all over the world. It is also ever-changing, with new content being added to the popular esports games such as Dota 2, League of Legends, CS: GO, Tekken, PUBG, and Fortnite, every so often. One of the best aspects of the esports industry is that it will never go stale. The old classics will always be updated, and new games will keep coming out.
The Philippine esports scene has been through a rough time, but over the years, it has continually grown into something to be proud of. Even with the extremely low average internet speed in the Philippines, it is still able to produce many talents in the field of esports. With the recent organization of many of the aspects of the Philippine esports industry, it will only be a matter of time before it will be one of the biggest things to look out for in the country.
The evolution of the Philippine esports scene is like a small incline that slowly gets steeper. It was once notoriously rejected by parents and adults alike, but recently, it has boomed into such a big deal that it is no longer ignorable.