Esports jersey design will never be the same again. For Filipinos, sublimation printing dominates when it comes to having the best jersey design in the league. How did it come to this?
The esports scene in the Philippines was made up almost completely of amateurs just a few years ago. This was because professional esports teams saw little financial interest in it. Games like League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Mobile Legends were mainstays across the country’s many computer shops and Internet cafes. But most saw egames as a hobby and something not to be taken seriously.
Then in 2016, a Philippine team beat out a major team at The International Dota 2 Championships held at the Seattle Center in the US. Known as TNC Gaming from the Philippines, they defeated European powerhouse team OG. The year after that, TNC took home P18 million as part of that year’s competition. In the current year, eSports is forecast to be worth an impressive $19 billion. Add the Philippines’ top players in the mix, and now you know why all the sponsorships are pouring in.
In my second vlog episode of John’s Ventures, follow me as I travel to SM North Edsa to meetup with some Filipino gamers who showcase their team spirit with sublimation esports jerseys. You’ll see why when asking for the best, gamers now turn to sublimated esports jerseys to represent their team.