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The Philippines is a honey pot for esports. Not only was it the home of the 2019 SEA Games, when esports was first featured as a medaled sport, but the archipelagic nation is also a flourishing habitat for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and TEKKEN 7 esports scene. It's no wonder that one of the worlds' most renowned esports organisation, Team Secret, is looking to place their footing in the Filipino esports ground.

"Tell me what team you want us to form in PH, and TAG A FRIEND in comments below to spread the word."

The above was hinted by Team Secret CEO, John Yao, in a post he shared in their newly-opened Facebook group, catered to fans in the Philippines. In it, he asked group members "what team you want us to form in PH", while requesting them to tag a friend in the comments below to spread the word. Whoever presumably gives the best suggestion will win a Team Secret Limited Edition x Champion Tee Drop.

This news wouldn't come as a huge surprise to those who've been religiously following Team Secret in their esports journey. Ever since their debut as an all-star Dota 2 team in 2014 (founded by none other than Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, Kuro Salehi “KuroKy” Takhasomi, Gustav “S4” Magnusson, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, and Tal “Fly” Aizik), the international esports company have been dipping their toes in various esports titles throughout the years, including Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Street Fighter V, TEKKEN 7 and PUBG Mobile, with two teams in Malaysia and Philippines for the mobile battle royale.

Team Secret Dota 2, 2015. (Image credit: Red Bull)

Team Secret PUBG Mobile began with the Malaysian team, when they signed up the prodigies of Genexsus - including Kow "BiuBiu" Jiunn Jie - as the organisation's first PUBG Mobile squad last year. Although none of the original members remain, with BiuBiu the last to leave earlier this month, Team Secret MY have never ceased to improve, evidenced by their two-time victories at PMPL MY/SG (PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore).

In awe of Team Secret MY's success, the organisation later created Team Secret TH by taking in members of THE HiLL early this year. The Thai team's name was then changed to Secret Jin after they qualified for the PMPL SEA Finals Season 2, due to rules that dictate no two teams can represent the same organisation - now Jin's Coffee is the main stakeholder, hence the name. Their latest achievements include winning the last PMPL-TH (Thailand), not to mention that they qualified for PMGC 2020 (PUBG Mobile Global Championship) Season Zero after placing third in the SEA Finals.

If you want to be the first to know what esports squad will Team Secret form in the Philippines, or if you merely want to stay up to date on Team Secret news, be sure to join the Team Secret PH Facebook group or keep an eye out on eGG Network - we'll be sure to cover the news when it breaks!

The Call of Duty Mobile MSP Majors return for CoD Mobile esports enthusiasts! Regardless whether you're in a professional/sponsored team or an amateur squad, the CoD Mobile national-turns-regional is open to all.

The Multiplayer 5v5 Mode tournament features a total prize pool of US$5,000 and 200,000 CP for players in Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines to win.

The CoD Mobile MSP Majors has three stages:

1. National Qualifiers

The National Qualifiers adopt a fast-paced best-of-three, single elimination format.

Only the top 4 will advance to the final phase of the Qualifiers, which will be played out Playoffs-style in a double-elimination format to up the ante - one sole team will the champions to represent their respective countries in the Group Stage.

2. Group Stage

A total of eight teams will battle it out in a best-of-three, double round-robin format. Competing teams comprise the champions of the Malaysian, Singaporean and Philippines qualifiers, Filipino runner-ups, Wildcard champions, and last but not least, the former MSP champions of Resurgence (MY), Divinity Uprising (SG) and NRX Jeremiah (PH), who will face off against one another for the top 6 spots and progress to the Playoffs.

3. Playoffs

Finally, a best-of-five, double-elimination bracket will be utilised in the grand finale. Only one team will the new champions of the CoD Mobile MSP Majors!

The CoD Mobile MSP Majors National Qualifiers begin today (12 October) at 8PM, with the registration for the Philippines closing at 7.30PM tonight; Singaporean players have until tomorrow (13 October) to sign up, and the deadline for Malaysian aspiring e-athletes is this Wednesday (14 October), both at the same time as the Philippines.

*All times listed are in GMT +8.

Having acknowledged that we aren't out of the COVID-19 woods yet, Acer recently broke news that the Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 in the Philippines will be postponed to spring 2021.

Originally slated for Feb this year, Acer wanted to ensure the health and safety of the gaming community remain unaffected by the pandemic, which drove their decision to postpone the tournament. With the move to next year, the event has been renamed Predator League 2020/2021, with a US$400,000 prize pool up for grabs. The same teams who qualified in their respective country's qualifier finals for Predator League 2020 also remain intact and will be joining the competition.

Despite the latest hurdle, approximately 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the tournament, which was supposed to take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City in Manila early this year. The series will pit the best PUBG PC and Dota 2 teams across the Asia Pacific region against one another for the pride of their country and the lion's share of the prize pool:

Dota 2

PUBG

Be sure to follow eGG Network and Acer on Facebook to stay up to date on the Asia Pacific Predator League 2020/2021. For more info, head on over to the official tournament website.


The epic conclusion to the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines Season 5 is dawning upon us oh too soon, with the MPL-PH S5 Playoffs beginning this Friday (29 May).

After six intensive weeks of MPL-PH S5 Regular Season that ended on 16 May, here are the top 8 teams that advanced to the Playoffs:

As of Regular Season Week 6, Bren Esports look to be the strongest contenders for the throne, possessing the highest win rate of 80%. Even so, letting their guard down would cost them dearly, especially with defending champions, Sunsparks, and ONIC PH hot on their heels for the championship title.

Will we see a two-time champion team with Sunsparks winning, or will there be a new team hoisting the victory trophy this time? Regardless of who wins, the winning team will savour the champion cash prize of US$25,000 and title of MPL-PH S5 champions.

As a cherry on top of the sundae, viewers also stand a chance to score Legendary and Mythical Prize packs during the tournament's Mythical Raffle Draw. Both contain Epic and Lightborn skins and more, with the extra special latter pack holding Legend skins as well. Spectators need only to watch Grand Final and keep an eye out for the link that will appear during the broadcast.

The MPL-PH S5 Playoffs will be held from 29 – 31 May. The tournament will be streamed online on eGG Network Facebook, and broadcast on the eGG Network Malaysia TV channel or Cignal for the Filipinos.

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