On August 29th, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will hold the FIBA Esports Open, an exhibition tournament between National teams in collaboration with NBA2K. This event was made possible to the Philippine national team by Smart Communications (Smart), the Philippine eSports Organization (PeSO), and the eSports National Association of the Philippines (eSNAP).
The PeSO is made up of several different esports entities from across the Philippines. Together they have been organizing national qualifiers for the tournament to produce the PH NBA2k team. PeSO President Brian Lim told reporters that the PeSO is honored to promote the NBA2K scene across the region.
The FIBA Esports Open will feature eight teams from across Asia including the Philippine “Playbook Laus Esports” team, Take Over (INA), Goodpass (CHN), Promy (KOR), Team Tekong (SGP), Secret Loves (Hong Kong), the Answer (TPE), and 2KJ (JPN). The event will be available online for live stream on the One Sports Facebook page and at the GG Network TV Facebook page.
The first round of the tournament will be a best of five series with single elimination. The four remaining teams will then enter the playoffs, where there will be a top-four single elimination bracket. After the first round, the two remaining teams will face off in a best of five Grand Finals for the first-ever NBA2k Pacific Pro-AM Tournament Champion and a cash prize of 10,000 USD.
While eSports’ popularity has risen to the mainstream across many parts of the globe, betting on esports has also grown in popularity. The fact that you can bet on your favorite video game players and teams has grown to where many online sportsbooks now have a dedicated eSports page.
Traditional eSports generally implies games like Dota 2, League of Legends, Fortnite, and other team shooter style games; however, sports games like Madden, NBA2k, UFC 4, and NASCAR Heat have also started showing up on the odds board.
Betting on eSport competitions generally means betting on which team you believe is better. Just like betting on football or any other sport, odds are given for each particular event. Depending on the game, odds can vary for each milestone, but the most typical odds will be for the match-winner.
Philippine bettors looking to wager on the Pacific Pro-Am NBA2k Tournament should visit our guide to online legal sports betting in the Philippines to see the best sites that offer esports betting lines. Many of the online sportsbooks we suggest offer betting lines on everything from PBA games to Virtual sports. Our comprehensive guides were constructed to be an asset for Philippine bettors looking to wager on Philippine sports online.