The Government of the Philippines has recently declared its support for the eSports industry within the country. Philippines eSports fans and gamers have been eagerly awaiting for the government support, so the news was welcomed by everyone involved in the eSports industry in the country.
Philippines Games and Amusement Board posted a statement via the Mineski.net Facebook page. In the statement, they are proud to announce that the government had started recognizing competitive computer gaming and eSports entertainment as the professional activity that should fall under its supervision and regulation. This is isn’t surprising considering the potential of the eSports industry within Philippines borders, so the decision came at the right moment.
eSports Industry Finally Recognized by the Philippines Government
In their statement, the Games and Amusements Board went on to say that it cannot be denied that eSports are greatly different from the traditional competitions and that success in them requires great skills as well as many hours of training, strong teammates connection, and careful planning.
The eSports industry has been growing in popularity in recent years. It has finally caught the attention of the Philippines government which will now regulate and supervise this huge potential industry. The commercial success in recent years and growing popularity serve as a fertile ground for greater opportunities and a bigger eSports competition scene.
The Games and Amusements Board has licensed several Dota 2 players who are traveling to the U.S. for the major competition – The International 2017 – which starts this week. There is also a trend that many Philippine Dota 2 players have no choice but to sign with several Chinese teams.
It is mainly due to various endemic problems as well as a naive infrastructure. On the other hand, China’s eSports market is among the biggest in the world, so there is no surprise in the fact that Filipino players often sign with Chinese teams. The news that the Philippine government will finally support eSports players and the overall eSports industry in the country came as an icing on the cake. This could open up new pathways for Filipino national teams to emerge onto a bigger eSports scene.
The Philippines Has a Great Pool of eSports Talent
The Philippines pool of eSports talent has been growing rapidly in recent years, so they have much to offer to the eSports scene. The GAB Facebook post stated that these new regulations will primarily regard taxation so the government will see a higher rate of taxes from country’s players.
It is not surprising that this regulation raised eyebrows from the local community as the Philippines have been shown in not a particularly impressive light. On the other hand, any of these taxable revenues will be reinvested into the eSports industry, so the local community has to admit it is an admirable move.
Many Filipino players can offer a great game, like TNC which was 8th at the major competition, The International 2016. Other teams also have a great expectation and they know that they can hold their own against bigger teams when it comes to the major competitions. Any Filipino team winning will result in the growth of the Philippine eSports industry which will be warmly welcomed.