After making waves in the eSports scene with a win in the Mayor’s Cup last March at the Robinsons Galleria in Cebu, Ruyal E-Sports team will see action in the League of Legends battle in the Philippine Pro Gaming League (PPGL) in Manila in June.
If their run goes successful, Ruyal will start the rise of eSports in the country as winners of the PPGL will get a chance to represent the Philippines in the League of Legends Southeast Asia Tour in July.
The Ruyal E-Sports, formed only in February this year, is composed of five players from different parts of the country—Cebu, Iloilo, Batangas, and Manila.
Coming from different places, the team admitted that communication was a challenge for them at first. But they have gradually improved their communication after joining tournaments and playing together.
One of the Ruyal E-Sports members Benedicto Carreon said that good communication has been the key to the team’s recent win in the Mayor’s Cup.
“The most important part of the game is mainly communication,” added Coach Noor Ayman.
With the emergence of eSports, Carreon said society still tends to underestimate the game. He said it is one of the major problems when a player is starting out.
“Some people we hired suddenly stop because their parents did now allow them to join,” he said.
Camilo Alfonso Jr. said his parents never supported him because they see it as a distraction of his studies, yet he did not stop.
Alfonso said he continued playing. He managed his time well so his studies will not be affected until he graduated from college and showed his parents that online game is not a distraction.
Ayman said the League of Legends or any other online game is just like any other regular sport since it requires skills and talents.
He added that in other countries, eSports are already accepted as a real sport. He hopes that the government in the Philippines, as well as society, would also support the industry.
“That is really our goal, to change that thinking because it is too hard to find a player,” he said.
Despite the challenges faced by the League of Legends, the members of the team encourage gamers to continue playing.
“If you think you’re good enough (with the sport), pursue it. We continue to play until it becomes mainstream,” said Ayman.