Sen. Bam Aquino joined the training of the Filipino DOTA team TNC Pro before it travels to Seattle, Washington Sunday to participate in The International DOTA 2 Championships, the biggest esports event in the world.
"It's not every day that you get to play with the best in the world so it was a big honor that I was allowed to join their practice before they travel to Seattle tomorrow (Sunday)," said Sen. Bam, who joined TNC Pro's practice session when he visited the group's DOTA Gaming House.
After placing in the eighth among 18 teams in last year's edition of the tournament, Sen. Bam believes that the team can do even better this year. The members of TNC Pro are Theeban "1437" Siva, Carlo "Kuku" Palad, Sam "Samh" Hidalgo, Marco Polo Luis "Raven" Fausto and Timothy John "Tims" Randrup.
"These gentlemen play with a lot of skill and talent, and they also play with a lot of Pinoy pride," said Sen. Bam, who also wished Team Execration, the other Filipino team in the tournament, the best of luck.
Sen. Bam provided help in the travel of TNC Pro, the winner in the Southeast Asian qualifying event while Execration placed third behind Fnatic.
The two Filipino squads will battle it out against the best of Europe (Team Secret, HellRaisers and Team Empire), China (iG Vitality, LGD.Forever Young and LGD Gaming), North America (Cloud9 and Digital Chaos), South America (Infamous) and direct invites OG, Virtus.Pro, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming and Newbee. The tournament offers a total purse of $22,810,242.
Sen. Bam is a supporter of Filipino esports athletes and game development in the Philippines for its huge potential in bringing honor to the country and creating jobs and livelihood for Filipinos.
The senator helped establish Philippine esports Association (PeSPA) to strengthen the foundation of esports in the country, look after the welfare of cyber athletes and stakeholders and promote esports in the country.
Source: Senate of the Philippines