by Drew Malihan
MANILA - With the ongoing Mobile Legends Varsity Cup (MVC) wrapping their exhibition round late in November, the Collegiate Center for Esports (CCE) opened up their plans for the forthcoming inaugural season of the intercollegiate competition.
CCE Finance Head Stanley Lao and spokesperson Wayip Chong discussed their vision in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday
“Ang mga esports players, mga professional, hindi matagal ang buhay nila,” Lao quipped. “Ginawa namin ito [para] makakapag-aral sila habang maging professional player sila ng esports so kapag nag-retire sila, tuloy ang buhay nila.
“Ginawa namin sila na player from the schools, na scholar sila ng school nila, para mag-aral sila,” Chong added, saying that future players of CCE should maintain good academic standing to be eligible to play.
Lao revealed that the MVC is a step towards the first season of the CCE as a collegiate esports league and will help future players and teams.
“After nitong Varsity Cup, which is November, after niyan January, umpisa na ng Season 1 namin,” Lao stated. “Ang mahalaga dito, marami tayong natutulungan, tsaka nareregulate ang paglalaro ng mga bata.”
Both Lao and Chong expressed their desire to expand to more schools other than the 10-team National Collegiate Athletic Association, as well as to include more esports labels in the competition, as they secured first a partnership with Mobile Legends developer Moonton.
“Sa ngayon si CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.), nasa pipeline namin, meron ding ibang provinces,” says Lao, as well as baring future negotiations with MMDA and an unnamed party-list. Chong added about the expansion of esports names in the future, “Yung Valorant, na-consider din namin, tsaka NBA 2K.”
Both Chong and Lao stated that they are also open to expand the CCE to include female players and create a women’s division of the competition .
The Mobile Legends Varsity Cup is a 10-team tournament formed by members of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Teams, with players such as Fran Yu and Jeo Ambohot from Letran Knights, Kenneth Villapando from San Sebanstian Stags and Carlo Lim from College of Saint Benilde Blazers vying in for the top prize, with MVC concluding in a four-team playoff after a single round-robin later in November.
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