Add Setsuna “Akosi Dogie” Ignacio to the growing list of esports personalities throwing their hats to the noble cause – both on the academic and gaming standpoints – of the newly-minted Collegiate Center for Esports (CCE).
Known as one of the most influential figures in the local esports scene, Ignacio lauded CCE as the perfect, tailor-fit platform and stepping stone for gaming aspirants dreaming to access quality education at the same time.
For Ignacio, education should remain the top goal for Filipino youth amid the digital age filled with gaming opportunities like the booming Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
“Napakalaging bagay nito. Education is a must,” said Ignacio on his Youtube channel ‘Akosi Dogie’ with more than 6 million subscribers.
“Malaking opportunity ito para sa mga batang magaling mag-ML at gustong makapasok ng school pero walang pera (sa hirap ng buhay) na pang-college. Baka dito na yung place niyo.”
Ignacio, considered as one of the Mobile Legends pioneers in the country, oversees the Nexplay Evos team in the MLBB Professional League – Philippines (MPL-PH) Season 8 after his playing and coaching stints.
He has been in the pro scene for quite a while, paving the way for this chance to spread his stable’s wings to the collegiate ranks through CCE as the newly-established collegiate league in the country.
CCE, which streams on CALM Network with Rebel Sports, Bio-Agrownica, and Alaxan FR as sponsors, announced its roaring arrival in the Esports world last month with an MLBB 1-on-1 Exhibition Matches featuring 10 schools.
It was only a prelude to MLBB 5-on-5 Varsity Cup, (MVC) featuring basketball teams, the CCE main event that has been rescheduled to next month before it ushers the official Season 1 next year made up of regular Esports players that are also enrolled students.
Count Ignacio in for that CCE regular season as he plans to recruit and assemble an eligible all-amateur squad which will represent as specific participating school as athletic scholars.
“Super big nito. Tulong ito para batang mabigyan ng tsansang makapag ML at schooling,” Ignacio said as he also expressed willingness in providing a bootcamp, training and laptops for the online classes of chosen players under his squad.
For Ignacio, finding an avenue bridging the pro and collegiate ranks like CCE is a match made in heaven for the local collegiate Esports scene, or even in the international scene – as he hinted at a possibility of pitching it to MLBB creator and developer MOONTON.
“Para to sa iisang goal. Ang target dito ay para sa future ng mga bata. If ever, kakausapin ko rin si MOONTON kasi napakalaking bagay nito,” he continued.
“Nakikita ko kasing may potential ito kaya sasalihan talaga namin ito.”