‘A match made in heaven’: Why Chot Reyes bats for collegiate esports

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 26 2020 08:47 PM

After leading the national basketball program to new heights, Chot Reyes is looking to break through in the esports industry next with the PCCL-Mineski alliance. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—More than a year after the end of his national basketball coaching stint, Chot Reyes finds himself heading a program seeking to institutionalize esports at colleges and universities across the country. 

In a press conference Wednesday, Reyes, who heads the Philippine Collegiate Champions' League esports operations, said he advocated for organized competitive gaming, citing his experience as the national basketball team's chief tactician. 

"We've always been looking for sports which appeals to a younger audience. Perfect na perfect itong esports. They're young, they are digital and they are global, so for me I always pride myself in being part of things never done before," he told reporters as PCCL partnered with esports giant Mineski. 

The PCCL and Mineski's partnership seeks to create an "extensive" training program dedicated to forming collegiate esports teams and competitions. 

"Dati sabi nila, 'Hindi kaya bumalik ng Gilas sa world championships.' We said we could do it, so a lot of things that people say na mahirap gawin or cannot be done I am able to be part of that," he added. 

Reyes, who was former chief executive of network TV5, said he sees the youth's potential in competitive gaming, calling collegiate sports and esports a "match made in heaven." 

"The youth, sports, and national advocacy for me being a part of the national team in any capacity, in any event it's always special. I see the same potential here," he said. 

The partnership, which includes an extensive training program and the launching of an intercollegiate tournament, will involve some 1,000 tertiary schools accross the country, organizers said. 

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