DOTA, e-games help drive PC sales in Philippines: Acer

Cathy Yang, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2018 01:19 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2018 09:22 PM

Backlit keyboards glow while DOTA players engage in an intense match during the New Blood Championship qualifiers. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Acer said Thursday it expected revenues to "triple" in the Philippines, where a fast-growing gaming industry is helping sustain demand for desktop and laptop computers that have come under pressure from mobile devices elsewhere in the world.

Electronic games such as DOTA have "overtaken" the National Basketball Association in some markets in terms of popularity, highlighting the industry's potential, said Acer honorary chairman Stan Shih.

"Because of young people, (there's) more opportunity, big potential in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand," Shih told ANC's The Boss.

Acer honorary chairman Stan Shih sits down with ANC's Cathy Yang for an exclusive interview. ABS-CBN News

Shih said revenues would double and even "triple" in some areas. The company has been in Southeast Asia since 1983.

Taiwan-based Acer is serving demand for gaming computers both for desktop and laptop computers, he said.

In the Philippines, DOTA has become a competitive sport, luring teenagers into boot camps on the promise of million-peso paydays.

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