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PLDT, Smart launch Omega Philippine team

Philippines-based digital service provider PLDT Inc. and its mobile subsidiary, Smart Communications, have teamed up to roll out a new esports powerhouse – Omega.

The Philippines is definitely one of the hotbeds for esports developments in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region. In turn, SEA is leading the way in terms of mobile esports potential as well as PC gaming, even though the region is still trailing behind an unchallenged China.

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Nevertheless, digital service provider PLDT Inc. and its digital arm, Smart Communications, have teamed up to roll out their own esports powerhouse. Enter team Omega.

Teaming up with Sterling Global Dragons, Omega will be joining The Nationals, the Philippines inaugural franchise model esports league kicking off on March 17, 2019.

The men at the helm of the organization include (from left to right):

  • Miko Cuartero, SGD Team Manager
  • Glenn Kendrick Lim, SGD Gaming Director
  • Andrew L. Santos, FVP and Consumer Marketing Head for PLDT and Smart
  • Thomas Ting, PLDT Product
  • JC Ramos, Smart Brand Marketing.

More than a single title franchise – The Nationals matters

The Philippines is not really interested in building its franchise-based esports ecosystem in a piecemeal way. Instead, The Nationals are going to come with a bang, which is most apt given the games featured in the competition:

  • Mobile Legends Bang Bang
  • Tekken 7
  • Dota 2

PLDT are not the only organization introducing their own teams. Multiple investors are coming forth with their own squads. The entrants include BrenPro Inc., Cignal TV Inc., Execration, HappyFeet Esports, and STI Education Systems, the official press statement explained.

Andrew L. Santos shared his opinion about the opportunity that Omega’s inauguration meant for the company:

Launching ‘Omega’ as our official professional esports team reinforces the long-standing commitment of PLDT and Smart to elevate esports in the Philippines, as well as provide the ultimate gaming experience for Filipino gamers, fans, and enthusiasts.

Omega will be competing in all three games featured in The Nationals, with the team members already having been drafted.

Dota 2

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  • Jonas “Naso” Samonte
  • Jaysie “Yaj” Garan
  • Pedro de “ Efking” Paula
  • Julius Cesar “Julz” Sto Domingo
  • Jinn Marrey “Palos” Lamatao

Mobile Legends

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  • Karl “Karl” Nepomuceno
  • Rico J. “Levi” Esto
  • EJ “Boo” Esperanza
  • Jules “Lex” Carmann Marcelo
  • Steve Dale “Dale” Vitug

Tekken 7

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  • Juliano “Jules” Lozano
  • Dannel “Pica” Lozano

PLDT and Smart know their esports

PLDT are far from being new to esports. The company teamed up with Smart in the past to back flagship world-class events, such as ESL One back in 2016. In 2017, the companies helped organize Manila Masters, another Dota 2 tournament.

The companies have also supported one of the most important industry gatherings in the region, the Esports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) since 2013.

Thumbnail image credit: PLDT, Smart, Omega