The rise of mobile and computer games has allowed youths and grown-ups alike to foster their expertise in technology. Both men and women nowadays play these kinds of games. Being well-adept in these games mean that someone is really good at new technology. In South Korea, computer games are included in higher education programs. Through these games, some people and even the younger generation earn a decent living by streaming their games live. Here in the Philippines, a large number of Pinoys are locked onto their phone and play mobile games.

Playing Online Games in the Philippines

This scenario is the reason why some call playing computer, video games, and mobile games a sport (esports). Esports or electronic sports is where two persons or two competing teams fight each other to win. There are prizes at stake in this kind of game. For professional players, there is a number of hours they must play/meet each day.

Playing Online Games at the SouthEast Asian Games (SEA Games)

The upcoming SEA Games will be held in the country. There are eleven countries which are included in the SEA Games. Several sports are included in the line-up and some online games also make it to the event. It’s called medal sports.

Online Games Included in the ‘Palarong Pambansa’

Online games in the SEA Games is one thing, however, this is the lingering question of many; ‘is online games included in the ‘Palarong Pambansa?’ Pinoys are also curious if the Department of Education (DepEd) would be so willing to include it since it’s being played by many. DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo who is also the Palarong Pambansa 2019 Secretary-General clarified that no talks have been made regarding the inclusion of DOTA 2 and Mobile Legends in the said sporting event in the country. He insists that Palarong Pambansa is meant to showcase Philippine games and that this year’s event is not about online games. He added that there’s a mix reaction about the positive and negative sides of online games but what is important is the balance. He said that not including online games in the Palarong Pambansa is not yet final as the board is still talking about the benefits it gives. Together with the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC), they are also currently studying about new technology and how changes can happen in the ‘Palarong Pambansa.’

They’re set to learning the ways of new technology. For example; they are borrowing swimming equipment from PSC. He said that the PSC is strict and that it follows international rules and standards. Finally, he said that there are 21 Filipino games that might make it to the Palarong Pambansa which will be held in Davao City. Dancesport and pencak silat which are demo sport are not included in this list.

These are the games that might be included in the ‘Palarong Pambansa’

There have been talks about which Philippine sports are to be included in the ‘Palarong Pambansa’ line-up. Some of these include tug-of-war, sack race, patintero, and kadang-kadang. The ‘Palarong Pambansa’ event is meant to liven up a dimming view of Pinoys with our own cultural sports. This event makes sure that every Juan will be reintroduced with the national and local Pinoy games.


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