The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Union (PSEU) has previously announced the initial roster of invited esports athletes to fill the selection pool for the formation of Team SIBOL.
The team will be officially competing in the esports division of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, through the following competitive games: Dota 2, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Tekken 7. With the help of Razer, the official esports partner of the games, this will be the first time in history that esports is included as a medaled sport in any international gaming event.
Joining the training pool of invited esports athletes are individuals who will prove victorious in the upcoming open qualifiers. Any Filipino citizen over the age of 13 can join the said qualifier.
The registration for Dota 2, Hearthstone, and Starcraft II has ended as of this posting (August 7, 2019). Qualifiers for the three games are set on August 10-11, 2019.
Meanwhile, registrations for AOV, Mobile Legends, and Tekken 7 will be open until August 11, 2019. Qualifiers for Mobile Legends will be held on August 14-16, 2019, while AOV and Tekken 7 qualifiers will be held on August 17-18, 2019.
For selection purposes, the top two teams from Dota 2, the top two players from Hearthstone, and the top three players from StarCraft II will be included in the Sibol training pool. On the second batch of qualifiers, the top two teams from Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, the top team from Arena of Valor, and the top six players from Tekken 7 will advance into the training pool.
In charge of the selection process and the handling of the teams are decorated and well-respected managers and coaches. These people will be the core people in the selection committee, whose first major task is to determine the Sibol team who will compete in December.
- Manager: Paulo Sy
- Coach: Paolo “SNDATA” Bago
- Manager: Jess Joaustine “JackDReaper” Tamboboy
- Coach: Mark Ryan “eXoBLaZeR” Rapisura
Arena of Valor
- Manager: Neme Victa
- Coach: Rafael “Cyriux” Albert
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
- Manager: Leo Andrew “Jab” Escutin
- Coaches: Michelle “Mits” Liwanag and Brian “Panda” Lim
- Manager: Ron “Hot-E” Muyot
- Coach: Djamille “Naturelover” San Juan
- Manager: Richard “Pompi” Castillo
- Coach: Jan Martin “Chalk” Zaldivar
The pool of around 74 players will be trimmed down to 27 members, seven each for each team games (Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor) and two for each individual games (StarCraft 2, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7), by early September.
For registration and more information on each of the specific games, follow any the links below:
Select matches of the qualifiers will be streamed live on the Sibol Esports Facebook page. Updates on the team and more information can be found on the official website SIBOLesports.ph and on the other social media pages (Twitter, Instagram).
PSEU Is the Official Esports Event Manager of the 2019 SEA Games
In charge of creating and managing Sibol will be the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU), a group under the Philippine Olympic Committee. PSEU was established for the sole purpose of organizing the esports event at the 30th Southeast Asian Games as well as the Philippine team and delegation.
PSEU is the product of the partnership between the Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP) and the Nationals Esports Federation of the Philippines (NESFP). The team is determined to make Sibol a representation of the country’s best gamers, in line with our target of winning gold in the Games.
The 30th SEA Games will be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019. Eleven countries will be participating in the games, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor, and Vietnam. The esports competition is scheduled from December 5 to 10, 2019 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, Metro Manila.