launches eSports as Asian tournament opens in Cebu | Inquirer Sports
Close launches eSports as Asian tournament opens in Cebu

/ 08:02 PM September 13, 2014
Gary Libby and Brian Lim Chief Operating Officer Gary Libby and Brian Lim of the Philippine eSports Organization (PESO) spearhead the launch of in Cebu, host to the eSports Asian Championships that opened Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014., a member of the Inquirer Group of Companies, is the official website of PESO in promoting eSports here in the Philippines.

CEBU CITY – The eSports Asian Championships opened here for the first time Saturday with local organizer Philippine eSports Organization (PESO) unveiling its official website on

PESO’s Brian Lim and gamer-turned-eSports advocate Irymark “Tryq” Gutierrez said the two-day international tournament aims to promote eSports to Filipinos.


And what better way to ensure this than to partner with the No. 1 Philippine news website – – to launch

“We are very proud to be their partner. It’s a very great help for our advocacy to promote eSports here in the Philippines and it helped PESO to become a legitimate group in the eSports community.” said Gutierrez.


According to Gutierrez’s demographics, the country now has 14-million computer gamers but only 20 percent are eSports enthusiasts. Their partnership with, Gutierrez said, would help boost the number of those who would be engaging in eSports.

“We believe in the mission of PESO, especially their aim to erase the bad image of computer gaming. I know that they have a sincere advocacy in turning the usual computer gaming to a different culture where competitiveness and discipline are taught. They are also here to regulate eSports in the country.” said’s Chief Operating Officer Gary Libby.

( is a member of the Inquirer Group of Companies.)

Libby said that aside from news, updates, and other eSports activities, there would be a forum where eSports enthusiasts could interact with each other. The website was also officially activated Saturday.

A total of P430,000 worth of cash prizes are at stake for the top three teams in the two-day tournament at the trade hall of SM City here where competitors from South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mongolia and the Philippines are expected to pit their skills on the widely popular online computer game “Defense of the Ancients 2” (DOTA 2).

DOTA 2 matches are played between two five-player teams with the goal of destroying the opposing team’s stronghold while defending their own using various characters with unique skills and techniques.

During Saturday’s opening ceremonies, International eSports Federation (IESF) President Jung Hyun Hun of Korea expressed his sincerest gratitude to the organizers. He said during his speech that he was very grateful for the organizers from PESO for organizing the first ever continental eSports Asian Championships.


“I am really grateful for their effort for organizing this great event. This is the time to introduce the new age of digital gaming.” said Hun.

Joining him was Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Executive Director Stephen Hontiveros who also showed his strong support for IESF and PESO’s goal of establishing a strong eSports community here in the country.

In fact, Hontiveros is now encouraging the officials of the Southeast Asian Games to include eSports as one of the regular events of the biennial multi-sport meet.

“eSport is like chess, it’s a mental game and its growth has turned it into a sport. I just hope that this will be included in the next Asean Games and I also hope that PESO will continue their mission. We at POC and PSC will help PESO promote and develop this sport.” Hontiveros said.

IESF donated some computers to Cebu City to encourage the Cebu City Sports Commission build or develop eSports here. Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgar Labella and Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) chairman Edward Hayco were also present.

Bumblebee - Cosplay


Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Cebu, electronic sports, eSports, eSports Asian Championships, Gaming, Gary Libby, Infotech, IT, PESO, Philippine eSports Organization, Sports
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.