Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is supporting the Omega Esports DOTA 2 team as they participate in the ongoing DOTA Professional Circuit (DPC) Season 2.
The Smart Omega DOTA 2 secured its first win in the DPC league, beating Mongolia’s Lilgun during its upper-division debut — their step forward to qualifying for The International (TI) USD 40 million tournament which will be held in Sweden this year. Smart Omega will be facing SK Telecom-backed T1 on April 17, 2021.
This comes on the heels of Smart Omega’s success at the PNXBET Invitationals Season 4, and the Asian New Bloom Tournament, where they emerged as champions.
“We have always believed that our players have the skills, talent, and dedication to reach greater heights. We hope that the Smart Omega team can continue to be an inspiration to Filipino casual players and fans and help them realize and pursue their passion for esports,” said Jude Michael H. Turcuato, FVP and Head of Sports at Smart.
Smart Omega Esports welcomed The International veteran Sam “Sam_H” Hidalgo and high-ranking professional player Mark “Shanks” Redira to the team, completing their DOTA 2 roster, which includes Mc Nicholson “Mac” Villanueva, Bryle “cml” Alvizo, and Justin “Tino” Grimaldo.
As per Smart, they have been leveraging partnerships to deliver esports content to their customers. Since 2017, Smart has been the exclusive mobile partner of Shanghai-based developer Moonton in the Mobile Legends experience for Filipinos.
Moreover, Smart is also the official telco partner in the latest season of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) and the M2 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championships in Singapore in January. Several local and international esports organizers which include FIBA Esports are partnered with Smart in order to support online tournaments and events. Aside from these global partners, Smart also supports The Nationals which is the Philippines’ first and only franchise-based esports league.
“We have over 43 million members of the esports community in the country, and we want tobe able to empower them through our fastest network, and our products and services that enable their passion points. Smart, our parent company PLDT, and the rest of the MVP Group, are fully behind sports development in the country because we believe that sports plays an important role in nation-building,” said Jane J. Basas, Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.
The telco is also offering the Free Games For All, wherein subscribers get 1GB/day, plus free 1GB/day more for Mobile Legends and other mobile games.
To recall, Smart has been recognized by Ookla as the fastest mobile network for three consecutive years in the Philippines.