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Akosi Dogie, Eruption, PBA stars among those to see action in PBA Esports Bakbakan

Stars from different sectors will gather when the PBA and Dark League Studios get the ball rolling for the PBA Esports Bakbakan in early March.

The two camps have recently inked a partnership where some basketball stars from the 12 PBA teams, influencers, former professional esports players, fans, as well as students will compete for glory in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

Among those who have thrown in their names were Setsuna "Akosi Dogie" Ignacio, who has been widely known for his contributions to the esports scene. Akosi Dogie is also a key figure for MPL Philippines squad Nexplay Evos.

According to Akosi Dogie, playing in the Esports Bakbakan will bring out the competitive juice in him while also sharing that one of the main reasons he expressed his willingness to play in the tourney is to help develop the grassroots level of esports.

"Gusto namin dito 'yung grassroots. Ayun 'yung focus nila kasi ngayon 'pag sasabihin natin professional league, super hirap makapasok," he said during the official press conference on Tuesday in Libis.

"Gusto talaga naming pasukin 'to, interested kami so kung makakalaban ko lang din 'tong mga influencers na 'to, syempre hindi ako magpapatalo sa kanila. Let's be honest, ang habol natin dito [ay maging] competitive."

Aside from Akosi Dogie, also set to strut their stuff are Eric "Eruption" Tai, Elyson "Wrecker" Caranza, and Raven "L3bron" Alonzo and they will team up or go up against the likes of budding PBA stars Aljun Melecio, Jerrick Ahanmisi, Allen Mina, and Jollo Go.

"We're grateful for this partnership with Dark League. With the history of PBA sports entertainment combined with the Dark League's growing influence in modern technology, I think this is a win-win situation for both parties," PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said.

Program director Marc Chua added: "We want to bridge esports and conventional sports and make people know that esports is not something that says 'kaka-computer mo lang 'yan'. It's something that will continue to grow."

"Esports isn't something that you do in your free time. It's a culture. It's something that we all enjoy."

—JMB, GMA Integrated News