PLDT, Smart Introduce Professional Esports Team ‘Omega’

Carmel Miguel
Revamping its eSports program, PLDT and Smart Communications has introduced professional eSports team ‘Omega’ which will represent the said companies in the upcoming The Nationals, the country’s first franchise-based eSports league.

PLDT, Smart Introduce Professional Esports Team ‘Omega’
PLDT, Smart Introduce Professional Esports Team ‘Omega’

Gathering world-class athletes into one tournament, The Nationals will start on March 17 with top competitive games including official Southeast Asian (SEA) Games-sanctioned titles Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Tekken 7.

‘Omega’ consists of high-ranking players Julius Cesar Sto Domingo (in-game name: Julz); Jonas Samonte (Nasjo); Jaysie Garan (Yaj); Jinn Marrey Lamatao (Palos); and Pedro de Paula (Efking), with team coach Josef Brazal (JL`). They represent the organization that bagged the Dota 2 championship at the recent ‘Road to the Nationals’ nationwide tournament, and made it to prestigious international tournaments such as The Kuala Lumpur Major SEA Qualifier and The International 2018 SEA Regional Qualifier, among others.

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‘Omega’ is also fielding a multi-awarded team for Mobile Legends consisting of players Jules Carmann Marcelo (Lex); Rico J. Esto (Levi); Karl Nepomuceno (Karl); Steve Dale Vitug (Dale); and EJ Esperanza (Boo). Together, they clinched the MLMEMES championship title, as well as placed in various tournaments, including Mobile Legends Professional League Season 2 (1st runner-up) and Mobile eSports Arena (1st runner-up), among others.

“Launching ‘Omega’ as our official professional eSports team reinforces the long-standing commitment of PLDT and Smart to elevate eSports in the Philippines, as well as provide the ultimate gaming experience for Filipino gamers, fans, and enthusiasts,” said Andrew L. Santos, FVP and Consumer Marketing Head for PLDT and Smart.
“Experienced 'Omega' athletes show what Filipinos are capable of achieving with their passion and dedication to eSports. Hence, more than being a formidable team, ‘Omega’ serves as an inspiration to fellow gamers, who, with the right support, can be at par with the best in the world,” adds Santos.

Since 2013, PLDT and Smart have been supporting the growth of e-sports in the country. It has been one of the major supporters of the eSports and Gaming Summit (ESGS), the biggest gaming convention in the Philippines. In 2016, PLDT and Smart sponsored ESL One, the first ever major international eSports competition held in the Philippines, and in 2017, both companies helped in bringing to life Manila Masters, the country’s biggest international eSports tournament.

The Nationals will be aired live on EGG Channel on Cignal TV and ESPN5 Plus.

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