Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

GAMING

Smart Omega athletes win in school and gaming

Smart-supported Omega Academy develops talents in the esports industry, and pushes for a healthy balance between physical and online activities for the holistic development of esports athletes.

“Puro ka na lang cellphone!”
(“You are always glued to your phone!”)

This expression normally conveying exasperation is often uttered by Filipino parents when their children focus more on mobile gaming than on studying. But, for Smart Omega athletes Dean Christian “Raizen” Sumagui, Mery “Meraaay” Vivero and Ronan Arkie “OMG.Rage” Eleria, they have proven that balancing academics and gaming can be done.

Graduating with honors from a science high school in Cavite, 18-year-old Raizen shared that he was elated when he found out about his rank in school, soon after his team Smart Omega, the professional esports team of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), finished second place in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League – Philippines (MPL-PH).

But, it was not an easy feat.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“Sobrang hirap kasi lagi akong puyat. Pagkatapos kong mag-ML ng alas-tres ng umaga, doon ako gagawa ng requirements. Tapos may pasok ako ng 7:30,” the jungler shared.

Omega Empress captain Meraaay echoed the same sentiment. “Online class po at graduating student ako habang naglalaro. Umiiyak ako dati kasi hindi ko na kaya, pero hindi po talaga ako huminto,” she said. Meraaay led her team to win back-to-back championships in Liga Adarna.

For Rage, who is part of the Call of Duty Mobile Garena Masters II champion squad, it felt overwhelming at first, but with time management and right support system, he was able to overcome the struggles. “Gusto ko talaga ‘to, nag e-enjoy ako maglaro pero at the same time, meron din akong mga pangarap bukod sa pagiging esports player.”

They also shared that their families, classmates, and teachers encouraged them to balance their studies and work.

“If meron man akong mga academics na kulang sa time at matatamaan yung training, kakausapin ko sila at i t-try kong ipa-adjust para both ways magawa ko yung priority ko,” added Rage.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

As the top patron of esports development in the Philippines, Smart has partnered with local agencies, grassroots organizations, and global institutions to encourage the youth to participate in competitive esports activities.

Meanwhile, Smart-supported Omega Academy develops talents in the esports industry, and pushes for a healthy balance between physical and online activities for the holistic development of esports athletes.

As for the three graduates, they will level up as students, while making their fans proud in the stage of esports. “Hangga’t kayang pagsabayin ang pagaaral at paglalaro ituloy lang hangga’t makarating ka sa iyong pangarap,” Rage said.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Like Us On Facebook

You May Also Like

HEADLINES

“Data is the new oil. In the wrong hands, they can be used to steal someone’s money or identity. That’s why when we let...

HEADLINES

Since January this year, thousands of batteries have been reported stolen from Smart cell sites, with more than 600 incidents logged nationwide.

HEADLINES

Part of PLDT and Smart’s disaster recovery plan, their Libreng Tawag (free calls), Libreng Charging (free charging), and Libreng WiFi (free WiFi) stations remain...

HEADLINES

PLDT's wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is gearing up for SIM registration, as Congress transmits the bill for signature of the President.

HEADLINES

PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. boost the cybersecurity capability of the Philippine Air Force through the PAF-PLDT Cybersecurity Forum.

HEADLINES

PLDT and Smart remain steadfast partners of SunStar and the entire Cebu media community in their efforts to hone Filipino student journalists to become...

HEADLINES

SMS is one of the cheapest and most accessible modes of communication. While smishing has hogged the headlines of late, what remains true is...

HEADLINES

PLDT has organized and conducted corporate governance enhancement sessions since 2007 in the spirit of continuing education and has invited international and local experts...

Advertisement