The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has accredited the Philippine Esports Organization (PESO) as an associate member, making it the official Nationals Sports Association (NSA) for esports in the Philippines.
POC, the mother organization of all NSAs, recognizes PESO as an associate member. The recognition makes PESO the official governing body for Philippine esports. Among its tasks include organizing events and the promulgation of rules of the sport. The organization is also responsible for the promotion and growth of the sport via grassroots programs and other activities. PESO will also lead the recruitment of National players and coaches.
In addition to fulfilling the requirements for applicant NSAs, PESO’s approval was built on its long-standing experience in esports. The Philippine Esports Organization has conducted National Qualifiers to the World Championships since 2012. PESO also has WADA-approved Anti-Doping protocols as mandated by the International Esports Federation (IESF). PESO has been a member in good standing under the IESF since 2012.
The IESF is the only esports organization in the world that fulfills all criteria set by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Founded in 2008, IESF is the oldest and largest esports organization in the world, counting 75 members from all continents. The IESF has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), World Esports Consortium (WESCO), and the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Of IESF’s 75 members, 36 are already accepted by their respective National Olympic Committees.
PESO’s first major event for 2020 is the Philippine Qualifiers for the IESF World Championships, happening in Israel this December. The search for the newest members of Team Sibol starts this September 2020. PESO will announce the details on the Philippine Qualifiers for the 12th IESF World Championship through their Facebook Page. TV5 and Cignal, who have been strong advocates of esports on Philippine airwaves, will air the Philippines Qualifiers on One Sports and One Sports Plus. Smart Communications is a proud sponsor of Team Sibol, the Philippine National Esports Team.