In a testament to their vast potential and in recognition of their superior skills, several members of Liyab Esports, an esports organization powered by Globe and Mineski, were chosen to form part of the national training pool for a chance to become part of Sibol, the official Philippine esports team for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in November.
Liyab standouts Kevin Kio “Gambit” Dizon, Jeremiah “1717” Camarillo, Jervan Lorenzo “Bents” Delos Santos, Lawrence Anthony “Rubixx” Gatmaitan and Miguel Klarenz “Miggie” Banaag were picked to be part of the training pool for Arena of Valor (AoV).
Veteran Caviar “Enderr” Acampado was also selected as one of the two possible medal hopefuls in StarCraft ll.
Aside from the six Liyab players, several other esports athletes were also drafted to form the training pool that will compete in the biennial games which is recognizing Esports games such as Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Tekken 7 and Hearthstone, along with AoV and StarCraft ll, as medal sports for the first time in its history.
“Being named to the national training pool alone is already a big honor to Team Liyab. It’s a glowing accomplishment to our boys who have come a long way from relative obscurity to now as potential SEA Games gold medalists,” Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, says with pride.
Several other players can still qualify to join Sibol as long as they hurdle several qualifiers in the run-up to the 2019 Sea Games.
At least two players will represent the Philippines in Tekken 7, Hearthstone and StarCraft ll, while seven players will compose the team for Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor