Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) instituted the official approval of the Philippine Electronic Sports Organization (PESO) as the National Sports Association (NSA) for esports.

/ 19 October 2020

The esports governing body was welcomed as an associate member of the National Olympic Committee according to the issued certificate by the POC on October 9.

“As such, PESO is the sole recognized National Sports Association and governing body for the sport of ESPORTS in the Philippines,” the certificate reads.

“We are honored and grateful for the trust that the POC placed in us. We embrace this huge responsibility as we continue to support our athletes and push the growth and development of Esports in the country,” said PESO President Brian Lim.

PESO being NSA-accredited, has the responsibility to govern and develop esports nationwide.

The accreditation was in fulfillment of the organization with the requirements of the POC for the NSA application supported by the unified presence of the biggest and most credible collection of esports stakeholders in the Philippines.

Members of the PESO include Bren Esports, Gariath Concepts, Mineski Philippines, The Nationals, PlayBook Esports, Tier One Entertainment, TV5, and TNC Holdings.

In the 30th Southeast Asian games hosted by the country, PESO has worked with the staging of the successful debut of esports.

It was in charge of the officiating and streaming of the events during the biennial meet.

Moreover, they have provided the coaching and management staff for Sibol, the Philippine National Esports team.

Sibol clinched the top spot in the last SEA Games bagging five medals—three gold, one silver, and one bronze.

Since 2012, PESO is recognized by the International Esports Federation (IESF), one of the largest esports association in the world that is governing 71 associations worldwide.

PESO’s first major event for 2020 is the Philippine Qualifiers for the 12th IESF World Championships to be held in Israel this December.