The Philippine Esports Organization (PESO) has successfully received the Philippine Olympic Committee’s (POC) nod as the official National Sports Association to govern and develop esports in the country.
PESO includes the largest firms under the Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP) and the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) – such as Bren Esports, Gariath Concepts, Mineski Philippines, The Nationals, PlayBook Esports, Tier One Entertainment, TV5, and TNC Holdings. In addition, PESO is powered by Smart Communications.
“We are honored to be at the forefront of developing the fast-growing esports industry in the Philippines,” said Brian Lim, President of PESO in a statement. “With the support of POC and Smart, we will be able to strengthen our position not only in the local scene but more importantly, in the global arena,” he added.
Smart has been active in promoting the growth of esports in the Philippines. Among the company’s efforts include the nation’s first-ever 5G-powered gaming hub, hosted the first mobile phone vs PC crossplay exhibition match via cloud gaming, and supported the Filipino esports athletes in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, to name a few.
“We are glad to have the opportunity to unite gaming fans and rally support for our esports athletes,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart. “We are honored to be part of this huge campaign that will shape the esports industry in the Philippines, and will help our athletes showcase their talents to the whole world,” she added.
In a statement, POC Chairman Stephen Hontiveros shared, “I entrust PESO on their endeavors of uplifting the Philippines through esports globally. And I congratulate them on being an associate member of the Philippine Olympic Committee.”