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Can The Philippines Host Even Bigger Premier Tournaments?

Are we ready to host another mega Dota 2 event?

Izo Lopez

Short answer: yes.

We at Mineski.net have covered enough premier tournaments and seen enough of how the Mineski Events Team works to say that hosting The International or similarly-scaled esports event in the Philippines is a big challenge, but a doable one.

Now, there are going to be a lot of naysayers out there. We're not saying hosting such an event would be easy. But if you just look at how far the Philippines has come in terms of having the capability to host international esports tournaments, the possibility of a mega event in Manila is more real than you'd think.

First of all, in terms of seating capacity, the last (and largest) The International was held in the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington last year and it boasts a seating capacity of 14,000 - 17,000. In comparison, the SM Mall of Asia Arena can seat 15,000 - 20,000 plus concessionaires and merch shops. The size and quality of the arena is, without a doubt, on par with other event spaces around the world.

Another big concern that people have over such an event is the internet speed here in the Philippines, but that's mostly mitigated in a LAN tournament. The internet speed will actually affect the broadcast of the tournament more than the actual gameplay (though it will still broadcast gameplay a little, it is, again, mitigated), which may be tough on the various media teams covering the tournament, but won't affect you if you're actually there in the arena during the event (and let's be real, we're ALL going to buy tickets for such an event).

Lastly, not everyone is confident about local teams' ability to handle the sheer logistics of a super event. Those of us in the industry are still learning from the mistakes of the 2012 Pinoy Gaming Festival, the 2013 Rampage fiasco, the MPGL 6 SEA Finals, and the disastrous ASUS ROG PH Finals just last year. It is a regrettable habit of our people to have little confidence in our own industries, and mistakes can set back the people's trust by leaps and bounds. But that brings me to my final point.

We've already done it. We've already successfully hosted not one, but two premier international esports tournaments: the ESL One Manila and the Manila Major.

Both events were held in the MOA Arena, and both events were successful beyond all expectation. ESL One Manila in particular was handled almost seamlessly by the Mineski Events Team, in coordination with ESL. For those who don't think they can run a large-scale international event in the Philippines, the rebuttal is that they already have.

As for confidence in local organizers, the MET is the Philippines' pioneer and veteran esports event organizing body and their capabilities are already world-class. And we're not just saying this out of loyalty -- their track record speaks for itself. From the ESGS, to the CFS Invitational, to ESL One Manila, and the ever-growing MPGL, the Mineski Events Team has an esports pedigree like no other and if any team can be trusted to handle The International or a similar event, it would be them. Mineski already has the chops to break out and establish itself as an international esports brand.

While the esports industry booms, the Philippine scene grows right alongside it and it's taken long enough but we are slowly becoming recognized as one of the big players in the world of esports, particularly for Dota 2. Even Mineski is no longer merely a local brand but a regional one -- perhaps soon to be a global one. Something like a TI in the Philippines may not be as unlikely as we think.

If it does ever happen, you'd best believe that we PH fans will not disappoint either.

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