E-GILAS SET TO DEFEND TITLE IN VIRTUAL HARDCOURT FOR FIBA E-SPORTS OPEN II
E-Gilas, the country’s best professional NBA 2K players are now positioned to carry the Philippine flag once again and defend their crown as the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) announced the second edition of the FIBA Esports Open yesterday.
The concluded part two of FIBA Esports will have 38 nations joining the virtual competitions, taking place on November 14-15.
“The first-ever Fiba Esports Open was an important milestone. The growing interest received from our National Federations is additional motivation for FIBA to further develop esports, and we are very enthusiastic for this second edition,” said FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis.
E-Gilas grabbed the title in FIBA E-sports Open I with the joined forces of the eight-time ProAm champion Aljon “Shintarou” Cruzin, two-time NBA2K Asia champion Rial “Rial” Polog Jr., 2017 NBA2K Asia champion Custer “Aguila” Galas, APAC NBA2K20 Global Championship representative Clark “Clark” Banzon, and 2018 NBA2K Asia champion Philippe “Izzo” Herrero IV, as well as reserves David John “Alt” Timajo and Rocky “Rak” Brana, with Nielie “Nite” Alparas serving as coach and Richard Brojan as team manager.
And now, the Philippines is propped to face an uphill battle against Australia, the champion of the FIBA Esports Open Season 1 in the Oceania Conference and their lone opponent, Indonesia in Season 1. These three teams are stowed to unleash their gaming smart in the Southeast Asia/Oceania Conference.
Where in this set-up, each country will face each other in three preliminary matches to determine who will move on to the finals compared to season 1 which was set to a best of five series.
And for the final round of season 2, all conferences will follow a best-of-three format.
Team Philippines will turf the Southeast Asia/Oceania Conference against Indonesia on November 14 at 10:30 a.m. Europe/Zurich time (5:30 p.m. Manila time).
In addition, all matches will be streamed via FIBA’s Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube channels.