POC Formalizes PESO as the Governing Body of Esports in PH

Anjie lou delos Reyes
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has named the Philippine Esports Organization (PESO) as an associated member, recognizing it as the official National Sports Association (NSA) and the governing body for esports in the country.

POC Formalizes PESO as the Governing Body of Esports in PH
POC Formalizes PESO as the Governing Body of Esports in PH

With this, the PeSO is tasked to organize events and promulgate rules related to esport. The said organization will also be leading the promotion and growth of esports in the Philippines and the recruitment of National esports players and coaches.

PeSO has been active in the local esports scene. Since 2012, the group has been conducting National Qualifiers to the World Championships. It also complies with WADA-approved Anti-Doping protocols as mandated by the International Esports Federation (IESF), which it has been a member for eight years already.

POC Chairman Stephen Hontiveros said that the Olympic committee is confident that the PESO will be vital in boosting the esports scene in the country.

“I entrust PESO on their endeavors of uplifting the Philippines through esports globally. And I congratulate them on being an associate member of the Philippine Olympic Committee,” said Hontiveros.

PeSO President Brian Lim likewise acknowledged the support of the POC, adding that the organization will help them bring more support to Filipinos who are competing globally and bringing glory to the Philippines.

Smart Communications' SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business Jane Jimenez Basas also expressed gratitude to the POC for recognizing PESO as an associate member.

“Our goal is to continue leading the way to bring glory to Philippine esports. After supporting Team Sibol in the 2019 SEA Games, Smart reaffirms its commitment to the esports industry by looking for the next members of Team Sibol who will represent the Philippines in the IESF World Championships,” Basas said.

PESO is set to host its first major event for 2020 this December with the Philippine Qualifiers for the IESF World Championships in Israel.

Learn more about PESO and the country’s esports landscape through its official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/philesports and its official website, https://www.esports.com.ph.

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