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Grassroots eSports winners meet with Mayor Vico and Smart

Pasig City and Smart Communications empowering the youth through eSports.

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Winners of the recently held Barangay Grassroots Esports League (BGEL) in Pasig City visited the Pasig City Hall for a quick meet-and-greet session with Mayor Vico Sotto and executives from Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart). A program of Smart together with Omega Academy, BGEL enables local government units (LGUs), particularly youth organizations within the LGU, to connect with their constituents through esports.

Tatin Manalo of Santolan’s Pride, the champions of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament shared, “We competed against great players during the league, but we received so much support from our barangay, especially from the Sangguniang Kabataan of Santolan. Because of that, we had no other objective than to win this battle and make our barangay proud.”

For Diego Aguilar, who emerged as the Most Valuable Player from the Call of Duty Mobile (CODM) event, he joined to gain more experience and hopefully, get a chance to be a professional player.

“It feels great to win the CODM Barangay Grassroots Esports League tournament. We didn’t have a coach or any practice, but we managed to win,” Aguilar said.

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For his teammate Lawrence Remolin, the tournament was a way to help his family financially. “For me, I wanted to see how much I’ve improved as a CODM player, plus I really wanted to win the cash prize to help our family pay the bills.”

BGEL is also supported by the Pasig Youth Development Council, with the guidance of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Esports Organization (PESO). On the other hand, Omega Academy is the developmental department of Smart Omega which aims to find and develop young talents in the Filipino esports industry. Smart Omega is the Smart-supported professional esports team that competes in The Nationals, the top esports league in the Philippines.

Omega Academy also pushes for a healthy balance between physical and online activities for the holistic development of potential esports athletes. Smart Omega has also been joining programs such as Better Today, the mental health advocacy program of PLDT and Smart, to help promote mental health across all generations.

“We are grateful for the support of the leadership of Pasig City for this event. The Barangay Grassroots Esports League is our way to help communities empower the youth with competitive activities during the pandemic,” said Jude Turcuato, First Vice President and Head of Sports at PLDT and Smart.

Country’s biggest esports supporter

Smart has proven its strong commitment and support to the Philippine esports community by partnering with game creators and esports tournament organizers here and abroad, delighting subscribers with exclusive offers, and actively playing a role in PESO, the official National Sports Association that governs and develops esports for the over 43 million gamers in the country.

Having a good internet connection puts us at an advantage against our opponents during the online game. It is essential in esports or online tournaments because it serves as one of our tools to enable us to win,” said Charles Angeles, a member of the CODM team. 

Smart also provides Filipino gamers with the best mobile gaming experience on 5G devices with its continuous network improvement. Smart was recently cited as the fastest 5G network in the Philippines by Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis. With 4,400 5G sites in more than 4,000 locations across the country, Smart also operates the country’s widest 5G network. 

Smart has also reasserted its dominance as the Philippines’ fastest mobile network for the fourth year in a row, according to Ookla, covering the first half of 2021. 

Make the Smart move 

Esports enthusiasts can now switch to the Smart network by first securing a Unique Subscriber Code from their originating provider to serve as clearance and by bringing it to the nearest Smart Store along with a valid ID and any proof of mobile ownership.

From there, Smart will begin processing the MNP application without any charges. Interested subscribers can also make the Smart move via the GigaLife App, which is downloadable on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. 

RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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Axgon AX1CVA Review: A stylish gaming chair for less

With a full steel frame, a chic color scheme, and affordable price, will it appeal to gamers?

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The best affordable gaming chairs don’t skimp on stability and comfort in order to keep costs low. There are a ton of options available, and it may be quite difficult to determine which ones are reliable and which ones will fail after a few years. Low-cost gaming chairs do not have to be on par with the finest of the best, but they must be worth the money.

There are perhaps more alternatives available now than ever if you’re looking for a decent gaming chair. When determining which seat could be best for you, there are various factors to take into account, such as comfort, design, material, and budget.

One of the items that caught our eye was the Axgon AX1CVA Gaming Chair. You may have a full steel frame, a leather body, and a fashionable color scheme for just 11,200 PHP. Let’s see if this Axgon chair will meet your demands.

AXGON AX1CVA

Unboxing time!

The Axgon AX1CVA Gaming Chair came in a standard box with all the parts and tools you need to put it together yourself. It’s not particularly fancy, but it just took a few minutes to put together.

Here’s our full unboxing video:

Design and Build

If you’re searching for one of the most comfortable gaming chairs available, the Axgon AX1CVA is far from inexpensive, but it’s worth every penny. In addition to the ergonomic design that already supports you where you need it most, the dynamic lumbar support adds additional support where you need it most.

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The Axgon Gaming Chair completely matches the style of our setup and sets the mood right for a long day of gaming. We also appreciate that this sub-12,000 PHP gaming chair is already crafted with the leather preferred by racing seats.

In terms of comfort, you can also choose the ideal posture for gaming or relaxing because the backrest can be adjusted to any angle between 90 and 160 degrees.

The Axgon AX1CVA is, for the most part, a standard gaming chair with a bucket seat, caster wheels, and neck and lumbar pillows. This seat stands out thanks to its vibrant color palette, which constantly makes me think of the BTS boy band. The 2D armrests that come with the chair will also make it simple to choose a comfortable seating posture.

“This is one of the best quality products designed with the gamer aesthetic in mind on the market, and without a doubt, the most comfortable racing bucket-style seats across any budget.”

Should you buy the Axgon AX1CVA?

A low-cost gaming chair will provide the racing aesthetic if that’s what you’re after, but what’s within that faux leather shell is what really matters. Going too cheap will result in a seat with cushioning that either provides no support or melts away within months, or a structure that cannot withstand the strenuous exertions of a heated gaming session.

AXGON AX1CVA

But Axgon offers a far more decent advantage in the affordable price segment. With built-in lumbar support, a high-density mold shaping form, and a full steel frame, Axgon AX1CVA has turned the racing-seat design into one of the ideal ergonomic solutions for prolonged gaming sessions. Not to mention that the color combination should excite K-pop fans.

The Axgon AX1CVA gaming chair is really affordable and has a lot of good functions. It has a neck pillow, height adjustment, and lumbar support. This is one of the best quality products designed with the gamer aesthetic in mind on the market, and without a doubt, the most comfortable racing bucket-style seats across any budget.

Pricing and Availability

The AXGON AX1CVA Gaming Chair is available at the AOC Flagship Store in Lazada for only 11,200.00, also in Shopee and partner retail stores nationwide.

Axgon AX1CVA Specs

  • Body-Embracing High Back Design
  • Full Steel Frame
  • High-Density Mold Shaping Form
  • Class-4 Hydraulic Spring Gas-Lift
  • High-Quality Nylon Castors
  • 2D Arm Rest

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Predator announces Predator League 2022 Philippine Finals

Finals will take center stage at the SM Mall of Asia Central Atrium on September 17-18

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Who will reign supreme in this year’s Predator League 2022 Philippine Finals? Predator is looking for the best Dota 2 and Valorant teams in the country. Witness epic battles and the crowning of the next Predator League champions.

The Predator League 2022 Philippine Finals will take center stage at the SM Mall of Asia Central Atrium on September 17-18. The qualifiers will begin on August 4 for Valorant (other dates are August 11 and August 18) and August 7 for Dota 2 (other qualifier dates are August 13 and August 20). The playoffs will be held on August 31 and September 1 for Valorant and August 29 and 30 for Dota 2.

At stake is the biggest prize pool yet of Php1 million!

The 1st place winner will receive Php200,000, the 2nd place Php100,000, the 3rd place Php75,000, the 4th place Php50,000. Qualifier winners will each receive Php25,000.

The Dota 2 winners will have the glory of representing the country in the Asia Pacific Predator League Grand Finals 2022.

After two years of lockdowns and travel restrictions, the Asia Pacific Predator League 2022 Grand Finals returns in person from November 11-13 in Japan. Qualified teams across 15 countries and territories will participate in the grand finals.

“We have seen so much growth and potential in the country’s esports landscape and that is what the Asia Pacific Predator League is all about. But more than that, we are very happy to see the stakeholders in esports hopeful about the future after two years of restrictions,” said Acer Philippines General Manager Sue Ong-Lim.

Since its inception and maiden run in 2018, Predator League has since expanded to include participants from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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AP 2.0 bags the first OPPO Game On Cup 2022 Championship!

AP 2.0 emerged victorious, claiming the championship title with a 3-2 score.

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‘Intense’ is the best word to describe the last day of the OPPO Game On Cup 2022 at the Main Center Atrium of the SM Mall of Asia as different teams battled it all out from the semi-finals up to the finals to claim the first-ever championship title of the tournament.

The semi-finals round started with a best-of-three match between AP 2.0 and Click Esports, where the former won with a 2-1 score. It was followed by a 2-1 victory from El Ganador Knights against K Signs Gaming.

As the two winners advanced to the finals, the defeated teams faced each other for a best-of-three match for the bronze title, wherein K Signs Gaming prevailed.

Before the championship round began, OPPO A96’s ambassador and two-time Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines (MPL-PH) champions, Blacklist International (BLCK), made an appearance at the tournament and coached AP 2.0 and El Ganador Knights.

The finals game was a close match for both teams. Fighting in a best of five, AP 2.0 gained the first two points while El Ganador Knights earned the other two. However, in the last game, AP 2.0 emerged victorious, claiming the championship title with a 3-2 score.

As champions, AP 2.0 received a cash prize worth Php 50,000 and each player received the Designed to be Powerful OPPO A96.

Meanwhile, BLCK also played games with the OPPO Community attendees, did a meet and greet, and a media interview at the tournament.

When asked for the advice that they can share with aspiring professional esports players, Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna, Danerie “Wise” Del Rosario, and Dexter “Dex Star” Alaba answered that attitude towards the game and team members is vital.

“If you want to last in esports, it should be attitude over skill, especially if your team is winning,” OhMyV33nus added.

Other BLCK team members also remarked that aspiring players need self-discipline and that they should enjoy every game.

OPPO Game On Cup 2022 is the first Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament by the global smart device brand OPPO. It was initiated to complement the launch of the Designed to be Powerful OPPO A96. The tournament started last June 2.

OPPO Game On Cup

Achieve victory with the help of the powerful OPPO A96

The powerful device is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 680 4G Mobile Platform with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of ROM. It also features a RAM Expansion technology that provides an extended RAM of up to 5GB, satisfying gamers’ needs for smooth gameplay.

It leverages a 5000mAh battery capacity supported by a 33W SUPERVOOCTM super-fast charging feature to give players longer gaming time. It also delivers an immersive visual and audio gaming experience as it is integrated with dual speakers and a 6.59-inch color-rich punch-hole display, featuring a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio with 1080×2412 FHD resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate.

OPPO A96 is available in two eye-catching colors: Starry Black and Pearl Pink. With a suggested retail price of Php 15,999, get the Designed to be Powerful device in OPPO Brand Stores or authorized dealers. You can also check out OPPO Flagship Stores on Shopee,  Lazada, and the OPPO Philippines TikTok Shop.

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