OF GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITIES: THE RAISE OF ESPORTS
Amidst the pandemic, the majority of sports activity has ceased. However, digital entertainment expansively peaked, gaining more players and tournaments all over the world.
Globally during the lockdown, video gaming almost tripled the users, with the majority being played by younger generations. Even with the legitimacy of esports in the country in the past years, it is still not widely known to many as a real sport unlike what traditional sports—basketball, volleyball, and other sports—have.
Although there were agencies, associations, and stakeholders supporting, the past decade has already proven that esports classified as a ‘sports’ does not spare the fairness in the treatment of legitimacy on esports gaming.
With all the differences between physical and digital sports, both have great deals in the sports society. The time given for the dedication and training to be a player is what matters most.
The gameplay industry was backed by thousands of supporters, viewers, as well as sponsors. Back then, even with the slowest internet connection, spending hours in computer games and meeting up in computer shops for online matches as a betting game was a trend.
Now that esports tournaments are staggering thousand and millions of prize pools, video gaming was not viewed the same as before. Who can tell that only playing on your screens can bring you millions of money?
The professional esports industry was popularized and started by countries of the US, Korea, and China. With the positive trajectory of esports across the world, the Philippines was also one of the countries on the rise.
In 2016, the Philippines team made a pivotal moment beating a major team from the US. Soon after, the country was steadily bagging tournaments such as the one staged by Southeast Asian countries.
Modern-day, the development and growth of digital sports were growing, providing more local tourneys in the hope to be more accepted as a competitive sport in the country.
Mineski and the Gaming and Amusements Board (GAB) of the Philippines have helped in the successful growth of competitive gaming in the Philippines. Although still in its infancy, the Philippines on bigger tournaments have given more potential.
Also, uplifting the legitimacy of esports, Globe Telecom has started the first collegiate esports scholarship last year. Merits-based scholarship that selects students who performed very well in academics would be given a chance of scholarship for college.
Becoming the rising sport, esports is far more accessible now for the reason that the internet speed has arranged to become faster. Without regard, responsible gaming for all professional and amateur players is observed.