In one of the most exciting developments for the SEA esports sphere, the Philippines has just launched its first-ever franchise model esports league which is all set to kick off in the first quarter of 2019.
‘The Nationals’ is an IPL/NBA styled franchised league in which franchised teams will compete across various esports titles. While there has been no official announcement on which games will be featured, the league will see four titles be played: one PC title, a mobile title, a console title, and a “wildcard” game. None of the exact titles had been decided upon at the time of the announcement.
The Nationals has also said that they aim to become the main source of talent from which the Philippines select their official representatives for international events like the Asian Games, and the Olympics.
The six founding partners of The Nationals are:
TheNet.Com – Internet Cafe chain which also owns the TNC franchise
HappyFeet Esports – Primarily Dota 2 team
Cignal TV Inc. – Television service provider
PLDT Inc. – Telecom company
STIN Education Systems Holdings, Inc.
The Nationals will also be broadcast on live Television.
The first phase of The Nationals is all set to kick off in August 2018. ‘The Road to The Nationals’, a tournament focused on finding talented athletes to represent the Philippines will take place in 10 different locations all across the country.
8 different teams, from each title, will be chosen to play in the first edition of The Nationals via this preliminary tournament.