Esports might seem like an unlikely hero, but in the Philippines, gamers are using their platform to help fight the Coronavirus.
The Esports AcadArena is the largest campus esports initiative in the Philippines, and recently they announced the launch of Starforge. Starforge is a League of Legends stream campaign that will raise funds for the Philippine Health Center. The Starforge will feature invitationals and show matches between college teams from the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Thomas, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, and the University of San Agustin.
Recently sports and esport events have been canceled due to the Coronavirus that is sweeping through the Philippines. With the economy, for the most part, shutdown, sporting leagues are looking for ways to raise money to fight against the virus. Now that the AcadArena Summer Split has been canceled, the multi-title interschool esports league will host Starforge to keep their athletes active for a good cause. The games will be hosted in part with Mogul, an online esport platform.
The national situation has humbled us to put the student welfare first! We’re cancelling the AcadArena Summer Split.
But don’t fret–we’ve got tons of campus esports tournaments since we’re partnered with Mogul!
— Esports AcadArena (@acadarenaph) April 14, 2020
The AcadArena Starforge will feature teams competing in League of Legends with all the proceeds going to the Philippine Health Center. AcadArena will also host Aces, a League of Legends amateur open.
The Homecoming show match will begin on April 17, starting at 4 PM, while the Alliance Pioneers Invitational will begin on April 18-19 with the best-of-three Finals on April 24. You can find the tournaments on Facebook or Twitch; all proceeds will benefit Philippine front liners.