Pinoy Esports reaches Mainstream as TNC gets featured in ABS-CBN, GMA and the Seattle Times.
That’s one big victory for man, and one bigger victory for a nation.
Philippine Electronic Sports and mainstream exposure may not always mix together like oil and water, but it definitely did this time as TNC Pro Team Dota 2‘s feats in the The International Dota 2 Championships 2016 receives its due recognition in local Major media outlets.
Their win against OG Dota 2, and their Top 8 finish proved to be more than enough to capture the hearts of the thousands of Dota 2 fans, not only in Seattle, but perhaps for the rest of the world. Losing their 1st attempt at the South East Asian Open Qualifier, TNC redeemed themselves by winning securing the win at their 2nd attempt and finally topping the main qualifier groups after winning the triple tie-breaker match against fellow Filipino team Execration, and Malaysian squad, Fnatic.
A bit of trouble may have been sensed by TNC Pro Team Dota 2’s fans however, as the Filipino squad ended only 5th place in the groupstages, but they went on to redeem themselves, defeating the Chinese ViCi Gaming Reborn and the 2-time Major Champions OG Dota 2 before ending in 7th-8th place after a defeat against Digital Chaos.
Returning home with USD 513,029 in hand or about PHP 23,904,842, TNC Pro Team Dota 2 holds their heads high by achieving what no other team has achieved before in the history of TI. Their story quickly caught the attention of local Major Media channels, ABS-CBN and GMA Network, as both of them release their own news segments about TNC’s achievement on their respective news shows.
TNC Pro Team’s News spot on GMA’s SAKSI
TNC’s News spot on ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol
Surprisingly however, it is not only our local mainstream media that has done features around TNC Pro Team Dota 2 as Washington’s the Seattle Times also had TNC’s story in their frontpage as part of their feature for the ongoing The International Dota 2 Championships 2016.
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This notable mainstream media recognition is an amazing feat, not only for TNC Pro Team Dota 2 but for the rest of Philippine Esports who has always been scrutinized by the public eye. News stories focusing on Electronic Sports such as these may also hopefully increase awareness of the already multi-billion dollar industry that has already reached an astonishing USD 463 Million in revenues this 2016.
The International Dota 2 Championships is once again holding the record for the single-game tournament bearing the largest prize pool in the history of Esports this 2016 as it currently sits on a USD 20,525,065 prize pot, with the champion to bring home USD 9,031,029. While TNC may have already been eliminated, the Filipinos are still represented in the tournament by the lone Pinoy ranger, Djardel “DJ” Mampusti who is currently playing for Fnatic Dota.