Even non-gamers know that Pinoys have a diehard passion for Dota, but aside from stray newsbits about Filipino teams winning some big cash prizes, local e-Sports probably doesn't have much of a reputation to the layman—but we have a feeling it's in a better state than many “actual” sports in the country. Our top-tier local teams have professionalized with proper training facilities, salaries, and support, and it has showed in good results internationally. Another bright spot is the announcement of Sanduguan: The 2018 Coverage of The International, a joint broadcast between MineskiTV and Tier One Entertainment.
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Mineski is a pioneer in the industry, and needs no introduction. Tier One Entertainment manages broadcasters WomboXcombo, which has developed one of the strongest Dota communities in the country. Them teaming up together—and setting aside old feuds and current competition for audiences—is unprecedented and shows that the big players want to move Philippine e-Sports forward as a whole and are willing to go beyond just PR talk. It'll truly be the fans who benefit because Sanduguan will be the first time we'll have live on-the-ground coverage of The International, the biggest Dota tournament in the world. It'll be held on August 15 to 25 in Vancouver, Canada this year and has a $23 million prize pool (and counting!). Can you imagine the big networks teaming up like this? Or maybe this can be contrasted against moments like PBA clubs refusing to release players for international duty? Rivals doing things together for “the greater good” is a cliché that almost never comes true, especially in the context of Pinoy sports, so it's heartwarming to see something like this happen.
“It's no secret to our communities that Filipino fans are the best in the world. Because of their dedication to the game we all love, all of us are only pleased to bring them a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience. We hope that our collaboration for The International 2018 will help move the whole of Philippine esports forward,” said Tier One Entertainment CEO Irymarc Gutierrez.
“This collaboration is just the start of the next big step in Philippine e-sports. Our two studios are joining forces for the benefit of all Filipino audiences, and to make sure that what we can provide is not only the largest e-sports coverage ever, but the best one. Let’s bring the entire Philippine Dota 2 community together and experience The International like we never have before,” said Marlon Marcelo, Head of MineskiTV.
Gariath Concepts, which you may know from their affordably-priced conventions such as ESGS, are also chipping in with the channel and studio for this collab. Let's all set our cancer behavior aside and enjoy the show together gang! Hit up Gariath's links come game day: Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube