Esports fans can expect heartstopping matches from Smart Omega, the professional esports team of Smart Communications, Inc. in the upcoming Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) 2022.
Smart Omega, together with RSG Philippines, will carry the flag and compete against twelve (12) top teams from Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur on June 11 to 19.
Hailed as “Kings of the SEA”, team captain Patrick “E2Max” Caidic, Billy “Zapnu” Alfonso, Joshua “Chaknu” Mangilog, Dean “Raizen” Sumagui, Duane “Kelra” Pillas, and Renz “Renzio” Padua will defend their MSC championship title, this time, under the banner of Smart Omega.
“We are hungrier this time. We promise to do our best to take that trophy. We are focusing more on the mental readiness of each player, not just the gameplay, because I think that’s the strength of the team: our mindset and chemistry during the game,” said Caidic.
“We want to make history as back-to-back champions of the MSC,” said Alfonso. “Hindi namin kayo bibiguin, ibibigay namin ang 100% lakas ng Pilipinas.”
The players also thanked Smart for its support, enabling the athletes to focus on the game without any problems. “We train every day, doble kayod, that’s why we’re grateful that Smart is there to help us reach the MSC,” shared Alfonso.
Smart’s support for Omega Esports is part of its longstanding commitment to the growth of Philippine esports by partnering with game creators and esports tournament organizers here and abroad, including the recent Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Seasons and Liga Adarna, the first female esports tournament in the country. Smart also backs SIBOL, the national esports team which bagged two gold medals and two silver medals at the recently concluded 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“We look forward to seeing the results of Smart Omega’s hard work and dedication. We’ve always believed in our athletes’ potential and we have seen their passion for esports. We are cheering them on as they face another epic battle in the international arena,” said Jude H. Turcuato, FVP and Head of Sports at PLDT and Smart.
From grassroots to professional leagues, Smart has been working closely with the Philippine Esports Organization, local government units, and organizers to help develop the esports industry in the country. Smart also supports Filipino gamers with relevant data offers and services to level up their gameplay.