Smart and Dark League Studios join forces to boost Esports growth in the Philippines

PLDT's wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), has forged a partnership with Dark League Studios (DLS), an esports event management and production team. This collaboration aims to propel the growth of esports and provide opportunities for aspiring gamers at all levels, empowering them to advance from grassroots to professional leagues and ultimately become recognized national athletes.

Smart and Dark League Studios join forces to boost Esports growth in the Philippines
ESPORTS FOR ALL. Smart partners with Dark League Studios. In the photo are: Bobby Y. Rosales, Co-founder and Chairman of Dark League Studios; Al S. Panlilio, PLDT and Smart President and CEO; and Alfrancis P. Chua, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Dark League Studios.

Smart and DLS will also work together to bring more exciting and immersive gaming experiences through the Smart GIGA Arena, the country's first all-in-one Esports platform that offers tournament experience to amateur players of popular games including Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty Mobile, Player’s Unknown Battleground, and League of Legends Wild Rift.

The partnership will allow Smart to further grow GIGA Arena in terms of the number of tournaments, onboarding of game developers, and provide consumer centric activities within the platform.  

Since its launch in 2022, Smart GIGA Arena has hosted over 2 million users in nearly 1,000 tournaments, offering more than PHP 4.2 million in prizes.

Through this partnership, Smart and DLS have also committed to work closely and collaborate with the Philippine Esports Organization (PeSo) to adopt industry best practices and maintain the highest standards of integrity. 

Both Smart and DLS are gearing up to engage more Filipino gamers with new tournaments and enhanced features on the GIGA Arena platform.

Bringing the best gaming experience to Filipinos

Our partnership with DLS is in line with our commitment to provide the best gaming experience to Filipinos. We at Smart have always believed in the ability of Filipinos to dominate sports of all kinds – including Esports. Through our collaboration with DLS, we hope to empower more aspiring Esports athletes to level up their gameplay and compete in a much bigger arena," said Al S. Panlilio, PLDT Inc and Smart Communications President and CEO.

We share Smart's vision for Philippine Esports, and we are excited to leverage our expertise and experience in engaging the gaming community and inspiring Filipino gamers to fulfill their dream," said Alfrancis Chua, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer of Dark League Studios.

We are glad to see the support of Smart to elevate the industry and align our initiatives in favor of the sport. This will help generate more opportunities for aspiring Filipino gamers to showcase and develop their skills as they aspire to become the next generation of Team SIBOL athletes,” said Marlon Marcelo, Executive Director of Philippine Esports Organization

The Philippines’ Fastest and Best Mobile Network 

Smart empowers Filipino gamers with the Philippines' fastest and best mobile network, as recognized by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence.

Smart is first and only Philippine mobile operator to win Ookla’s Best Mobile Network award in Q1-Q2 2022 and Q3-Q4 2022. To get this rare and prestigious recognition, Smart won both the Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage awards within the same reporting periods. 

As of end-March 2023, Smart's 3G, 4G/LTE and 5G network covers 97 percent of the country's population. 

Related: AOC Monitors is the Philippines' Leading Gaming Monitor Brand for 2022

To learn more about Smart's Esports programs and efforts and services, follow its official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, or visit its official website at

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