PH’s Top Tekken 7 Players to Converge at ESGS ‘Road to the Nationals’ finals

The country’s best Tekken 7 players are in for the biggest fight of their life as battle it out at the ‘Road to the Nationals’ finals at the upcoming Esports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) 2018. The biggest gaming convention in the Philippines, ESGS is set on October 26 to 28, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Presented by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart Communications, Inc., ESGS promises an epic gaming experience for esports fans and enthusiasts as it features exciting exhibits, cosplay competition, fan games, and treats from PLDT Home Fibr and Smart’s activity booths.

ESGS hosts the ‘Road to the Nationals’ finals for Tekken 7, a one-on-one fighting game that gained massive popularity for its engaging characters, gameplay, and visuals. Among the Tekken 7 finalists competing at the ESGS ‘Road to the Nationals’ finals are: Raymund Jay “Limitbreak” Sarte representing Cagayan de Oro; Francis Steven Valencia “UFTC Gogoy” Cabahug (Cebu); Jade “ArkAngel.Janine” Yasay (Davao); Alexandre “AK” Lavarez (Manila) and Andreij “Doujin” Albar (Manila). They will be joined by the top players at this weekend’s qualifiers at Secret Base-Marikina on Oct.13, Saturday, and Playbook Video Game Lounge-Makati on Oct.14, Sunday.

Over P300,000 in prizes are up for grabs at the Tekken 7 ‘Road to the Nationals’ finals. The Tekken 7 champion, along with the finalists, will also get a chance to be picked by the founding teams of The Nationals, the country’s first ever esports franchise model league that serves as a hotbed for Philippine representatives to major international esports events. These founding teams include PLDT-Smart, Cignal, HappyFeet, Bren Esports, TNC Pro Team, and STI Holdings.

Aside from Tekken 7, ESGS will also host the DOTA 2 ‘Road to the Nationals’ finals featuring some of the country top teams, with over P1.2 million in prizes for the champion. Among the DOTA 2 teams that have secured final spots to battle it out at ESGS 2018 include: Voyager representing Bacolod; Davao’s Pride (Davao), TaskUs Titans (Iloilo); Quid Pro Quo (Manila); Sterling Global Dragons (Manila). The top team at the upcoming qualifier at UGZ137 in Imus, Cavite will also grab a spot in the finals.

As part of the ‘Road to the Nationals,’ PLDT Home Fibr and Smart are also set to host the country’s biggest Mobile Legends tournament soon.

“We are astonished by the excellent level of gameplay that Filipino esports athletes have shown all throughout the ‘Road to The Nationals qualifiers.’  said Andrew Santos, FVP and Consumer Marketing Head for PLDT and Smart. “We believe that our country can be at par with the rest of the world when it comes to esports, that’s why we are fully committed to supporting our esports athletes by providing them with opportunities from the grassroots level, all the way up to creating the first franchise-based professional league in the Philippines. Moreover, PLDT and Smart are not only building esports teams for The Nationals – we are also ensuring that gamers are equipped with the best gaming experience through our PLDT Home Fibr and Smart LTE networks.”

Joining PLDT and Smart with their advocacy to develop online gaming as a professional sport in the country are TV5 NETWORK, Inc.  and Cignal TV,  which both feature esports tournament coverage, game features, game streams, and local content for Filipino gamers.

Be sure to catch the country’s best players make their biggest moves at the ‘Road to the Nationals’ finals at ESGS! Get your tickets now at

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