A NEW daybreak has arrived within the Philippines sports activities panorama with the delivery of the “PBA Esports Bakbakan” as an progressive two-in-one, basketball-Esports collaboration that includes the Philippine Basketball Affiliation and Darkish League Studios.
Bridging the hole between two disciplines by means of a historic platform, the partnership paves the best way for a first-of-its-kind Esports league that can have the 12 staple franchises of Asia’s oldest skilled basketball league.
The outstanding Cellular Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) is the primary on-line sport up for grabs in Season 1 among the many 12 PBA squads with Name of Obligation Cellular (CODM), PlayerUnknowns’ Battlegrounds (PUBG) and DOTA2 within the pipeline for succeeding seasons.
“We within the PBA are extraordinarily proud and grateful for this partnership with Darkish League. With the historical past of the PBA sports activities leisure mixed with the rising affect in trendy expertise, it is a win-win state of affairs,” stated PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial.
“It’s an eye fixed opener for all of the Filipinos. For the longest time, there’s actually been a separation between the group of conventional sports activities and Esports. We do it not simply to bridge the hole however to create aspirations for the subsequent technology,” stated Darkish League Studios CEO AC Valdenor, one of many co-founders with PBA governors Alfrancis Chua of Ginebra and Bobby Rosales of Terrafirma.
PBA Esports Bakbakan will open store in March pitting Barangay Ginebra, Speak ‘N Textual content, San Miguel, Meralco, NLEX, Magnolia, Rain or Shine, Phoenix Tremendous LPG, Terrafirma, Blackwater, Northport and Converge in an entire totally different enviornment in comparison with their all-out wars on the hardcourt.
A complete of eight gamers will characterize every group fabricated from two bona fide PBA gamers, two gaming influencers, one pupil from the 12 chosen universities, and three followers of their respective ball golf equipment.
The influencers led by the highly-popular Setsuna “Ako si Dogie” Ignacio, college students, and followers – who will likely be trimmed right down to a pool of 70 from nearly 4,000 candidates — undergo drafting like the standard PBA proceedings on Feb. 13, to hitch the 2 PBA gamers in every group.
The 2 basketball gamers will likely be screened by their very own PBA groups by means of a mini-tournament to find out their finest bets.
And like how they deal with their basketball squads with holistic coaching applications, the PBA groups will oversee the administration and operation of their Esports Bakbakan squads because the PBA joins the Esports motion as assist for the sports activities of the long run.
All 12 groups slug it out in a single-round robin format with the High 4 advancing within the best-of-five playoffs of the upstart Esports league till the grand finals set on the PBA common venues. A whopping prize pool of P1 million is at stake. — John Bryan Ulanday