Smart Partners with Dark League Studios to Grow Aspiring Gamers in PH into Esports Athletes

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Smart has formally launched its partnership with Dark League Studios (DLS) in order to further advance the esports scene and empower aspiring gamers from the grassroots to compete in the Pro scene and become national athletes.

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Smart and Dark League Studios will also work towards bringing more exciting and immersive gaming experiences through the Smart GIGA Arena, an all-in-one platform which offers tournament experience for amateur players of popular games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty Mobile, PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds, and League of Legends Wild Rift.

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The partnership allows Smart to grow GIGA Arena from various perspectives, which include:

  • Number of tournaments
  • Onboarding of game developers
  • Providing 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, with more than PHP 4.2 million in prizes.

Smart and Dark League Studios will work closely and collaborate with the Philippine Esports Organization (PeSo) in adopting the industry’s best practices while also maintaining the highest standards of integrity and are gearing up to reach more Filipino gamers with new tournaments and enhanced features on the GIGA Arena platform.

Bringing the Best Gaming Experience to Filipinos

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“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”

– Al S. Panlilio, PLDT Inc and Smart Communications President and CEO

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“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.”

– Alfrancis Chua, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer of Dark League Studios

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“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.”

– Marlon Marcelo, Executive Director of Philippine Esports Organization

To know more about Smart’s Esports programs, efforts, and services, you may follow its official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, or visit

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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