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Pinoy ML stars look to repeat in SEA Games

Karl Nepomuceno
Karl Nepomuceno

THE Philippines hopes to live up to its lofty billing as the best team in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, as the 31st Southeast Asian Games organizers has recently decided to retain the popular esports game in the Vietnam edition later this year.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is among the eight esports events to be staged by host country this year, according to an online report by Game K Vietnam.

Behind Karl Nepomuceno, known as “KarlTzy” in the country’s Mobile Legends world, the Philippines won the gold in the 2019 edition in Manila.

Carlito “Ribo” Ribo, Kenneth Jiane “Kenji” Villa, Jeniel “Haze” Bata-anon, Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel, Allan Sancio “Lusty” Castromayor and Jason Rafael “Jay” Torculas were also in the gold medal winning team.

In the said report, Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Vietnam’s head of the 31st SEA Games and the 11th ASEAN Para Games, signed the list promulgating that esports be included in the Games.

Aside from Mobile Legends, medals for Arena of Valor, PUBG Mobile (Solo and Team), Free Fire (Mobile), League of Legends (PC), FIFA Online 4 (PC) and Raid (Crossfire – PC) events are also at stake in the biennial meet.

League of Legends Wild Rift is the latest title to be included in the Games, where esports will be played for the second time.

The Philippines’ esports team won a total of three golds, one silver and one bronze.

Earlier this year, the country, representing BREN Esports, emerged triumphant in the Mobile Legends M2 World Championship with the 16-year-old Nepomuceno taking home the Finals MVP honors.