Sibol has officially partnered with Smart Communications, Inc. for the 30th Southeast Asian Games to be held in the Philippines in early December 2019. This partnership includes the company’s “Get Gold!” campaign that gives Sibol athletes, coaches, and managers a cash incentive for every gold medal won.
A PHP 2 million cash prize will be given to the roster of the team titles namely Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Arena of Valor that will be able to bring home the gold. The individual events – Tekken 7, Hearthstone, and StarCraft 2, the gold medal winner will be given PHP 1 million.
The rosters of the six different teams that comprise Sibol is a good mix of seasoned veterans and up and coming talents in their respective games, heeding the call of flag and country. The team, despite playing in six titles, is united through the battle cry “Lakad Matatag” and aims for the very best of SEA Games competition, walking strong and proud, no matter the challenge.
In addition, Smart has also opened the doors of the Smart Sibol training Ground to the team, making it the team’s headquarters. The training continues for Sibol with pocket tournaments and a test event in the coming weeks to ensure that the National esports team is in tip-top shape for the SEA Games.
“We are very happy that Smart is joining us in our first outing with Sibol – no less than the 30th SEA Games! With the combined efforts of Smart and their Get Gold! Program, as well as our other partners and the whole country, we believe that Sibol now has taken firm root and will be able to face all challenges that come their way on their path to victory,” said Ms. Jane Jimenez Basas, PSEU co-Chairman and concurrent President of Cignal TV and TV5 in a statement.
Sibol Team Manager Alvin Juban also announced at the press conference earlier today about the test event that will be happening on November 5, 2019, at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City. The Test Event will feature the Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Tekken teams from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, along with our very own Team Sibol.
The San Juan Arena is the official venue of esports at the 30th SEA Games. The Sibol Invitational will feature the same setup as the SEA Games itself, giving players and staff, alike an idea of what it will be like come game days.
Test events are a norm to check infrastructure and have a ‘dry run’ of sorts for people that will be working at the event, but because this is the first time esports is a medal sport, it’s hard to gauge what to expect. Mr. Juban had this to say when asked what he expected, “We’ve never had this before but we’re presenting our best. I’ve been liaising with the other countries and they’re going to do the same.”