After successful first season, CCE looks at expansion

Published August 19, 2022, 1:54 PM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

After the resounding success of the Collegiate Center for Esports’ inaugural Mobile Legends tournament, a bigger, bolder and fiercer season two awaits the next generation of student-athletes.

Wanting no let-up in a relentless drive to champion esports in the collegiate level, CCE hints at an expansion in Season 2 amidst the growing interest from a bevy of schools all over the archipelago.

“We’re expecting an even better Season 2. Mas malaki pa dito sa Season 1,” CCE president Stanley Lao stated on the heels of the league’s first official tournament last month that culminated at the Mall of Asia Arena in front of a sizable collegiate esports crowd.

Lyceum of the Philippines University lorded it over nine counterparts in CCE’s first season with a magnificent run ignited by a sweep of the elimination rounds.

Overall, the Pirates – who also won the CCE Varsity Cup that served as the league’s launching event last year – only lost two matches in a masterclass campaign highlighted by a 2-0 sweep of No. 2 San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the grand finals to be hailed as the first ever CCE champion.

Arellano University, San Beda University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Mapua University, College of St. Benilde, Jose Rizal University, Emilio Aguinaldo College and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta were the other teams that pioneered CCE as the country’s newest esports collegiate league.

The CCE expressed its gratitude for the said schools as their joint efforts helped realize the dreams of student-athletes aspiring to excel on and off the virtual arenas through responsible gaming and unwavering commitment to their education – no less than through the schools’ respective esports clubs and academic programs.

That alone should be enough motivation to notch the gear higher in future tournaments for CCE with commissioner Waiyip Chong also at helm and with Galaxy Racer as official esports partner, Converge as connectivity partner, Mountain Dew as gaming fuel and Cyberzone as venue partner.

“It’s a dream come true for us as the students were finally given a chance. We, at CCE, were more than thrilled, honored and pleased to see their happiness. Masaya lahat so we’re hoping na dadami pa ‘yung susuporta,” Lao beamed.

This early, CCE shared that it has already received feelers from different schools with hopes of helping as well in the promoting, developing and championing Philippine collegiate esports.

Soon as CCE grows slowly but surely across all regions in the country, it is also dreaming to help produce world-class talents for the national team cause in overseas tournaments.

 
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