PLDT, Smart kicks off Road to Nationals eSports tournament

PLDT and Smart have kicked off the Road to Nationals — a nationwide multi-game tournament in search of the best eSports players in the Philippines.

PLDT, Smart Road to Nationals

The Road to Nationals tournament is open to everyone and features regional competitions for three of the top PC, console and mobile games today — DOTA 2 and NBA 2K19, as well as Mobile Legends Professional League Season 2.

The top 8 teams for each game will advance to the grand finals at the eSports and Gaming Summit 2018 at the SMX Convention Center on October 26 to 28, 2018.

The winning team and players will get over PHP1.2 million worth of prizes. They will also get the change to be a part of the founding teams of The Nationals, the first eSports franchise league in the Philippines, set to launch early next year.

Those interested to join may register at

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The Road to Nationals is set to host its DOTA 2 competitions in Manila (TNC Morayta on August 4); Cebu (SM Seaside Cebu on August 11); Cagayan de Oro (iPLAY Cybersquare on August 25); Bacolod (TNC Bacolod City on September 22); Iloilo (Localhost Café in Iloilo City on September 29); and Cavite (UGZ in Imus on October 13).

The tournament will also hold its NBA 2K19 games in Cebu (First 5 Lounge in Cebu City on September 22); Davao (Game Patch in Davao City on September 29); Cagayan de Oro (Captain Poys Game House on September 30); Makati (Playbook on October 6 and 14); and Marikina (Secret Base Gaming Lounge and Boardgame Café on October 13).

The schedule for the Road to Nationals Mobile Legends Professional League will be announced soon.

Fans and gamers can watch the games on ESPN5 every Sunday at 10:30PM starting August 12, 2018.

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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