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    Monday, October 7, 2019

    Bren Esports and CX Blanc win big at 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup




    As soon as I stepped on the floor of SM North Edsa The Block last Friday, I knew there's something special that's happening. Lo and behold, my hunch was true as the 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup 3-day event went underway. It featured a myriad of top Filipino gamers who made their respective marks in the Philippine gaming industry. Their undeniable talent together with the advanced technology of Taiwan gaming products made it a momentous occasion.


    Hosted by athlete, TV personality, and avid gamer Eric “Eruption” Tai, the thrilling event opened its first day with an energetic dance number from Upeepz Dance Crew followed by opening remarks from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Director Mr. Wen Chun-Chang and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Director Mr. Clement Chen, who both emphasized the importance of the Taiwan ICT industry’s support for the local eSports community. As the Philippines continues to grow into a viable gaming and eSports market, the introduction of the most advanced technologies and powerful gaming devices from Taiwan can help boost the gameplay of aspiring Filipino eSports athletes.

    The tournament winners not only cemented their names as the inaugural tournament champions but also they treated the spectators and their fellow gaming enthusiasts to a demonstration of how the synthesis of Pinoy gaming prowess and Taiwan Excellence can elevate the local eSports community.


    It was Bren Esports who dominated in the Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) competition. The team will fly to Taipei for a friendly match against teams from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Taipei. CX Blanc on the other hand had a diesel start but was able to overcome PlayLoud to snag the League of Legends (LoL) championship trophy.

    After months and months of qualifiers they were the teams who emerged victorious. Meanwhile, the teams who took the second, third, and fourth places for the CS:GO tournament were Fallen5, WIMAX, and Station 751, respectively. For LoL, the runner up positions were nabbed by the above mentioned PlayLoud, Ruyal, and Archeous. They also brought home some cash.

    P430,000 was the tournament prize pool. P56,000 of which went to Bren Esports. Each team member also took home an Asus ROG Delta Headset, ROG Collection Shirt, ROG Armor Suite Backpack, and P2,000 worth of Sodexo Gift Certificates.

    "We're very happy about winning. I think we deserve this because we worked hard for this," said the captain of Bren Esports who summed up their tournament run.


    CX Blanc also took home P56,000 for the LoL tournament plus Asus ROG Delta Headset, ROG Collection Shirt, ROG Armor Suite Backpack, and P2,000 worth for Sodexo Gift Certificates from Taiwan Excellence.



    Product Experience Zone



    A well-known cosplayer and actress Myrtle Sarrosa made a surprise appearance at the grand opening ceremony. She also tried the products on display at the free-for-all brand booths. Asus Republic of Gamers’ ROG Zephyrus S (the world’s lightest and thinnest gaming laptop), the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus WaterForce Xtreme motherboard, Aorus memory cards and video cards, AVerMedia’s plug-and-play AM310 USB microphone and Live Streamer Cam 313, InWin’s WINBOT Limited Edition Transparent Spherical case, Kingmax Semiconductor, memory cards and external portable SSDs from Transcend and T Force, Zyxel’s tri-band Wi-Fi system, and peripherals from XPG, Zadak, and G.Skill were some of the stuff she checked out.

    Speaking of cosplaying, the event also staged a cosplay competition last October 6. It showcased the creativity and talent of Filipino costume artists. 30 participants took their creations to the stage. They were judged by representatives from TAITRA and cosplayer, game streamer, and video content creator Kang Dupet. Izaiah Luke Buelos took home the grand prize of P40,000, while runners up Sergio Sta. Ana and Nicholai Dizon won P20,000 and P10,000 in cash, respectively.



    People from all walks of life, young and old get to experience world class products at the experience zone. Everything in there were eye candies including ten units of gaming desktops that were made available for guests to use in playing games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends. It was a moment to behold as the fans also had the chance to take photos with cosplayers dressed as their favorite game characters and jammed with pop rock band GraceNote, which added excitement to the three-day festivities.


    Online Viewers

    Those who weren't able to watch the game in the venue got a chance to follow the happenings via Facebook as the heart pumping CS:GO battle last October 4 and the LoL games on October 5 were shown on the Taiwan Excellence FB page. Shoutcasters Nomadph and Ilustrado hosted Day 1 while for Day 2, G10 and Een Mercado took the helm. Famous celebrity cosplayer and gamer Ashley Gosiengfiao also made an appearance on October 5 to mingle with her tons of fans and followers.

    Off cam heroes

    This event won't be possible without the presence of generous entities such as the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), with partners Asus Republic of Gamers, Aorus, AVerMedia, In-Win, Kingmax, Transcend, XPG, T Force, Zadak, G.Skill, and Zyxel. For more information, like and follow the Taiwan Excellence Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TaiwanExcellence.ph/.


    Bottom line

    eSports continues to be fortified in the Philippines, and with groups like Taiwan Excellence, the industry is definitely in good hands. The top notch products that they dish out along with their big tournaments such as the 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup, the morale of professional gamers in our country will surely go higher and higher.

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