It set the tone of competitive gaming in the country, over a decade ago. Now, after the long wait, it's finally going mainstream again...
Counter-Strike was the Philippines' leading competitive team game before the advent of DotA. The CS scene was so rampant during the early years of the new millenium that every big computer shop housed a CS team, back in the day.
Counter-Strike hooked a lot of filipinos to FPS that it paved the way for when the other FPS games that emerged as competitive gaming continued to develop, not just in the country, but internationally. Because of what CS has provided, Filipinos jumped to the new FPS crazes that sprung every now and then like hot boxes. Truly, it is Counter-Strike thay gave birth to the FPS Progaming scene in the country.
If you'll ask FPS ProGamers nowadays what FPS game they first played, I'm sure that more than 90% of them will answer you with CS.
But even as time goes on, we never lost our love for First-Person Shooters. People continued to play even though the scene was in an indefinite hiatus. Many may have jumped to other FPS games because of the seemingly more lucrative competitive scenes these games offered back then, but deep inside they kept the heart of the CS gamer.
Last year, Valve, The company that developed the engine for the original Counter-Strike, announced that they will be releasing a new version of the beloved game; none other than CS:GO or Counter-Strike: Global Offense. The announcement awoke the FPS giants of old, and almost immediately, majority of the FPS progaming teams tried, if not switched entirely, to CS:GO.
With the recent achievements of Filipinos in CS:GO (Smackdown won ACG 2012) and the rise of CS:GO in the local competitive gaming scene, we have decided to get CS:GO as the first FPS game under the Mineski Pro-Gaming League. The journey was long: getting the license, talking to the right authorites, immersing into the culture.
But now, it's finally official:
GIGABYTE MINESKI PROGAMING LEAGUE WILL BE ADOPTING COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE AS IT'S FIRST FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER GAME!
We've talked to the biggest names in FPS gaming on what's their thought about the announcement:
BUT WE'RE NOT DONE YET
GMPGL's main objective is to train Filipino cyber athletes to hone their talents to compete internationally. We always make sure that they can join international events after GMPGL. So we're pleased to announce that the grand champion of GMPGL CS:GO will be the one to represent our country to "The Asia".
YES YOU'VE READ IT RIGHT, GMPGL CS:GO IS THE ROAD TO THE "THE ASIA"
But we're sorry to announce that the CS:GO tournament will be a LAN tournament. We've studied the demographics and apparently, Luzon got the highest number of players of CS:GO so we've decided to cater to luzon players to ensure the quality of the tournament. But players of the southern part can still participate given that they can go to the LAN Event. As we've said. Baby steps first.
So you better gear up FPS fans! It's time for Mineski to give you the most explosive FPS tournament! Starting march this year, GMPGL CS:GO will be looking for the Philippine representative. Show us what you've got and take part on the biggest CS:GO league in the country, GMPGL CS:GO.
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