PLDT and Smart Communications together with Misamis Oriental Esports Organization (MESO) powered the first eSports convention in Cagayan de Oro City.

Smart provided the ₱50,000 prize pool for the champions of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Call of Duty: Mobile Tournaments. PLDT also provided connectivity support to power the event’s livestreaming.

Supporting hundreds of gaming enthusiasts from Northern Mindanao, MESO is the provincial governing body for esports in Misamis Oriental, which aims to produce an ace team to represent the province in the national gaming scene. Professional guests also gave talks on how to create healthy spaces online, to be responsible gamers, and promote positive change in the industry.

Smart has long supported the development of esports in the country. Recently, Smart has launched GIGA Arena — the telco’s latest thrust to enable gamers and esports enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite games. You can read more about it here: Smart launches GIGA Arena: First all-in-one esports platform for Filipinos.

Aside from supporting national and professional teams, the mobile operator also recently marked its fifth year of partnership with Shanghai-based international gaming developer, MOONTON Games, as the official telco partner for all Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Pro League (MPL) Philippines tournaments in 2022.

To support the growing mobile data needs of Filipino gaming communities, Smart has increased to 75,400 its total base stations nationwide as of end-December 2021, supporting its 3G, 4G/LTE, and 5G subscribers from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi, including around 7,200 5G base stations. Smart’s mobile network is supported by PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, which is at 743,700 kilometers as of end-December.

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