PLDT, Smart gather country’s best Tekken 7 players at the ESGS ‘Road to the Nationals’ finals

09:55 AM October 14, 2018

The country’s best Tekken 7 players are in for the biggest fight of their life as they 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 and Playbook Video Game Lounge in Makati.

Over Php300,000 for the Tekken 7 champion

Over Php300,000 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‘s top teams, with over Php1.2 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.

Full support for Filipino esports athletes

“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.

Country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks

Since 2013, both PLDT Home Fibr and Smart have been supporting the ESGS in line with their push to elevate the local esports industry and provide the ultimate gaming experience for Filipino gamers, fans, and enthusiasts.

Filipino gamers can enjoy lag-free gaming and seamless connectivity in the comfort of their home or on the go – powered by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart LTE, the country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks according to the world-renowned Ookla Speedtest Awards..

PLDT Home Fibr is perfect for multi-player and bandwidth-intensive games like DOTA 2, because it can go as fast as 1 Gbps and enables equal upload and download speeds so gamers can definitely enjoy a seamless experience.

On the other hand, gamers can level up their gameplay and power moves on top mobile games like Mobile Legends, Clash of Clans, and Clash Royale with Smart GameTime 100, which offers up to 300MB per day valid for 30 days for only Php100.

Catch the country’s biggest esports spectacle

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 www.smtickets.com.

TOPICS: eSports, Esports and Gaming Summit, Filipino esports athletes, PLDT HOME FIBR, Smart Communications
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