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A politician in the Philippines has bravely ventured into the vast world of esports. Negros Occidental congressman Alfred "Albee" Benitez built a brand new esports organization aptly named, Team Albee.
Politicians heading into esports team ownership is only the most recent addition in a long line of notable esports owners from both likely and unlikely brands and entities.
Team Albee Joins the Fight
Team Albee has currently recruited players for Dota 2, League of Legends, CS:GO, and Crossfire. The rosters for these teams have yet to be announced but are set to be posted on the official Team Albee Facebook page.
The Games and Amusement Board will also extend the same amount of support that it has given other esports organizations in the past. Team Albee players will be able to apply for Athlete Visas should they qualify for any international tournament in the future.
The Esports Investment Surge
Team Albee may be the first team in the Philippines to be owned by a politician, but it's not the first in the world.
Following Team Liquid's victory in Dota 2's The International 7 earlier this year, a group of prominent investors bought controlling interest in the organization. American businessman and former Orchid, Florida Mayor, Ted Leonsis, along with Mandalay Entertainment CEO & Golden State Warriors co-owner, Peter Guber, led a group of investors in their acquisition of TL.
This influx of big name investors to esports came after several professional athletes such as Rick Fox and Jeremy Lin invested in their own esports teams.
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Businessmen and politicians now recognize the financial potential of the esports industry. Their hefty investments and the unique reach of their public platforms will help continue to legitimize the storied industry of esports.