MANILA, Philippines -- Mineski Global last week kicked off an online esports fundraiser tournament, "Lockdown Games," which will run until April 13.
Opening on March 24, the event raised approximately P250,000 in its first three days. The funds will aid medical frontliners, particularly beneficiaries at the UP Medical Foundation.
"Lockdown Games" can be viewed at MineskiTV's Facebook channel.
It already featured Marvel Super War, where Mineski Global CEO and founder Ronald Robins duked it out with his fellow gamers.
Call of Duty is following suit, running from March 30 to April 2. The schedule for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang will be announced.
"We are thankful for the generosity and kindness of the esports community to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Your donation will go a long way in empowering our frontliners against COVID-19," said Dr. Jonas Del Rosario, spokesperson and public affairs coordinator of PGH.
"I am humbly calling our entire community, especially those who will take part in the Lockdown Games and our partners, to lend us their hand in what we think is the bigger battle: that of providing immediate help to our friends in the health sector who are manning the frontlines against this pandemic through your donations," said Robins.
To spice up the Lockdown Games, PBA stars and avid gamers June Mar Fajardo, Marc Pingris, Japeth Aguilar, and Kiefer Ravena will battle it out in a DoTA 2 showmatch.
Philippine Collegiate Championships League (PCCL) esports president, Chot Reyes, also vowed to bring in more well-known sports personalities.
The PCCL is Mineski Global's partner in the Youth Esports Program involving colleges and universities all over the country.
"Every Filipino must do his part to keep the community spirit up," Reyes said.
Interested parties may donate any amount via an email pledge sent to [email protected], via text at 09272798615, or through Mineski Global’s GCash, via 09178747768.
(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website).