As Metro Manila goes into Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine for the next two weeks, esports organizers are getting ready to launch a series of online tournaments offering prizes totalling P255,000.
The first competitions organized by Meta.us Philippines Dota 2 Leagues will start on Aug. 6, according to Meta.us founder Allan Chou.
Chou, who has been in the gaming industry for 12 years, said the staging of the e-tournaments is timely for the Filipino e-gamer, now that Metro Manila is going back to MECQ in the government’s effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“So, we feel that online gaming will keep people socially distant, and keep people from gathering in large numbers,” said Chou in an online Zoom press conference.
Held in partnership with JBL, the series of tournaments will be a tiered set of online DOTA 2 competitions, divided into Opens, Juniors, and Seniors divisions.
Registration for the Open that will be held on Aug. 6, began last July 27, while the second leg for the senior division is set for Sept. 12.
Signup for the first junior event is on Oct. 8, with the games happening on Oct. 24.
The winners will also have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive coaching sessions from the professional players of TNC Predator.
“It’s a difficult time (for the Philippines). And I think we have gone into the discovery of talents, and we want be people to be safe,” added Chou.
Online matches are set to go on for the next six months and until January next year.
Chou hopes that they will able to have 4m000 gamers joining, and with their platform having reached 13,000 registered players throughout the country.