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Smart and Dark League Studios Partner to Boost Philippine Esports

Smart and Dark League Studios

Smart Communications, Inc. has teamed up with Dark League Studios, an eSports event management and production team, to advance eSports and enable aspiring gamers to advance to the professional divisions and become national athletes.

Smart and Dark League Studios

Smart and Dark League Studios will also collaborate to provide more exciting and immersive gaming experiences via the Smart GIGA Arena, the country's first all-in-one eSports platform that offers tournament experience to amateur players of popular games such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty Mobile, Player's Unknown Battleground, and League of Legends: Wild Rift.

Since its launch in 2022, Smart GIGA Arena has hosted over 2 million users in nearly 1,000 tournaments, offering more than PHP 4.2 million in prizes.

Through this partnership, Smart and DLS have also committed to working closely and collaborating with the Philippine Esports Organization (PeSo) to adopt industry best practices and maintain the highest standards of integrity.

Both Smart and Dark League Studios are gearing up to engage more Filipino gamers with new tournaments and enhanced features on the GIGA Arena platform.

Smart and Dark League Studios
“Our partnership with DLS is in line with our commitment to provide the best gaming experience to Filipinos. We at Smart have always believed in the ability of Filipinos to dominate sports of all kinds – including Esports. Through our collaboration with DLS, we hope to empower more aspiring Esports athletes to level up their gameplay and compete in a much bigger arena," said Al S. Panlilio, PLDT Inc and Smart Communications President and CEO.
“We share Smart's vision for Philippine Esports, and we are excited to leverage our expertise and experience in engaging the gaming community and inspiring Filipino gamers to fulfill their dream," said Alfrancis Chua, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer of Dark League Studios.
“We are glad to see the support of Smart to elevate the industry and align our initiatives in favor of the sport. This will help generate more opportunities for aspiring Filipino gamers to showcase and develop their skills as they aspire to become the next generation of Team SIBOL athletes,” said Marlon Marcelo, Executive Director of Philippine Esports Organization.
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