PLDT-Smart Omega was crowned as the champion of the first Mobile Legends: Bang Bang conference of The Nationals, the first franchise-based esports league in the Philippines. Apart from the title, PLDT-Smart Omega also took home a cash prize of PHP 500,000.
The team, composed of Dexter “Exort” Martinez, Adrian “Toshi” Bacallo, 18, EJ “Heath” Esperanza, 23, Anthony Dennis “Ynot” Senedrin, Kenneth “Kenji” Villa, 21, Paul “Kingpin” Rabandaban, and Jay “Crypzu” Villanueva, 25, swept rivals Cignal Ultra Warriors 3-0 in the best-of-five grand finals.
“We are very proud of our PLDT-Smart Omega team for making history as the very first conference champions at the Nationals,” said Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., PLDT-Smart SVP and Consumer Market Development Head. “They have worked tirelessly and given their maximum effort toward this momentous achievement, and we couldn’t be any happier to support them.”
Formed in partnership with professional esports management organization Sterling Global Dragons, PLDT-Smart Omega’s Mobile Legends team will return for the second Mobile Legends conference of The Nationals set to begin in November.