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RSG to Lead eSports Fan Engagement in the Philippines

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RSG, a Singapore-based Southeast Asian professional esports organization, announced its plans to expand into the Philippines esports scene, the latest of its overseas markets.

Professional esports teams and talent development are among the early-stage initiatives unveiled to support RSG's strategy to grow the local esports talent pool and improve fan experiences.

The first RSG PH professional esports team will debut at the upcoming official national-level tournament, Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines Season 8. As per its fan-first philosophy, RSG will develop engagement initiatives to build stronger bonds with its fans and the Filipino community. The organization will also support local content creators and talent and explore long-term collaborations to raise mass awareness and interest in esports.

RSG was founded in 2017 to engage the gaming audience through esports teams and content creators. The company's top esports teams compete in games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty, and Warcraft, and have won over 200 tournaments. RSG will continue to expand its regional presence in key Southeast Asian markets, including Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Aims to compete in more games and reach 150 million gamers in Southeast Asia by the end of 2021.

The Philippines games market is one of the fastest-growing in Southeast Asia. According to market research firm Newzoo, 43 million gamers spent US$572 million on games in 2019. According to Dataportal's Digital 2021 report on the Philippines, internet users increased by 4.2 million (6.1 percent) between 2020 and 2021, reaching 73.91 million. 70% of internet users aged 16 to 64 use game apps monthly. MLBB had the most monthly active users in 2020.

RSG unveiled its first local MLBB professional team. The experienced and up-and-coming players will compete in the franchise-based Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines Season 8. With this move, RSG PH signaled its commitment to providing more sustainable career paths for players and expanding support for both players and staff. MPL Philippines Season 7 had over 33 million total watch hours with 1.4 million peak live viewers.

Team Captain Kenneth Jiane “Kenji” Villa leads the team who will train under the guidance of Coach Brian “Panda” Lim, who led the Philippines to a Gold Medal win at the 30th SEA Games. Players include Elyson Edouard “GHOST Wrecker” Caranza, one of the country’s most popular streamers.

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