Peenoise: Dissecting the Online Games Community in the Philippines
There is more to the Filipino gaming community than just the infamous moniker they have been known for.
What should you know about the online gaming community in the Philippines?
- The reputation of gaming communities in the Philippines
- The people in the Philippine online games community
- The support that the online gaming community offers
The Philippines is home to many people who love to play online games. A community has surely been formed around all of the popular and even the lesser known games. The Philippine gaming community is well-known across the world especially in games like Dota 2 and CS: GO where the servers tend to be global in scale.
Gaming communities in the Philippines are famous for two things, their incredible skill, and passion toward the game, and, the more popular opinion, the toxicity that they exude. But to understand why this is the case, you should first take an in-depth look at the Philippine online games communities.
The Reputation of Gaming Communities in the Philippines
The general reputation that Philippine gamers across many games around the world are that they are very noisy and somewhat toxic. They are considered noisy because of how much they type both factual and nonsense in game, or pre-game lobbies. They are considered toxic because of how much grieving and offensive they can be while typing in chat. It is safe to say that the Philippine gaming community has a very negative reputation among most of the other countries.
These toxic behaviors are the very reason why the term “peenoise” was created. The word “peenoise” is a play around “pinoys”. It is considered an insult to Philippine gamers who exhibit very toxic behavior and are spammers in the chat box.
It is sad to see that the esports community has come up with such a term for the gamers of the Philippines. Especially when a majority of the Philippine gamers don’t exhibit such behavior in any of the games. The online games community in the Philippines is filled with many outstanding gamers that are against toxicity as they try to promote good sportsmanship in and out of the game.
Some people attribute these kinds of behavior to the passion that Philippine gamers feel towards the game. They are overwhelmed by emotion every time something good or bad happens to them in game, and most of the time they would be very vocal about what happens.
Unfortunately, just as in any kind of social interaction between individuals or communities, the negative aspects will always be pointed out, because everything that is considered good behavior is already expected. This mindset is one of the reasons why the term “peenoise” got popular.
On the bright side, the Philippine gaming community doesn’t seem to mind much, as they too joke about this openly to their peers. They don’t let words of other people wound their pride, rather they let their skills and talents do all of the talking.
The many achievements that the Philippine esports communities have received over the past years serve as signs that Philippine gamers are not far from making noise as some of the better players in the region. And even with all the negativity surrounding the reputation of the Philippine gaming community, their infamy might just be a stepping stone to the spotlight in the near future.
Who Comprises the Philippine Online Games Community
The esports communities in the Philippines has grown alongside the industry. It is now larger than ever, with a separate community for each popular esports out there. In the decade in which esports rose from being a hobby, into a full-blown industry, the community grew and absorbed so many people into the movement.
In a 2017 survey, it was observed that out of around 30 million gamers in the Philippines, 34% of them were people 20 years old and below, 46% of them were 21 to 35 years old, and 20% were 36 years old and above. Taking into account the decade that esports took to grow to its massive size, a percentage of gamers are loyal and avid fans that continue to support it through the years.
Using this information, we can also see that the second largest percentage are of children who are still going to school. These children are probably new to the esports scene and due to their youth, are very energetic and vocal about everything. They might be part of the reasons why Philippine gamers are viewed negatively, but that is an assumption without any basis.
The Support that the Online Gaming Communities Offer
The thing with communities, in general, is that it provides a haven for people to talk about what they are truly passionate about. The same goes for the communities centered around online games. Not only do they offer a place to socialize and share ideas among people with similar interests, it also acts as a hub for friends to be made, and connections to be formed.
The Philippine esports communities are labeled negatively by foreign gamers. But that is because they only focus on the negative experiences they have with the very vocal and passionate Philippine gaming community. If you focus more on the skills, talents, and the passion that these gaming communities have for the game, then they would definitely stand out as one of if not the best communities around.