Hosted by celebrity athlete, host and game enthusiast Eric “The Eruption” Tai – the 3-day Taiwan Excellence 2019 eSports Cup ended with a big bang last Sunday (October 6) with an outstanding Cosplay Competition.
Held at the The Block Atrium of SM City North EDSA, 30 Cosplayers in their best CS:GO and LoL costumes brought out their creativity to try and win the title of the best Cosplay artist of the 2019 eSports Cup of Taiwan Excellence.
In the end, it was Izaiah Luke Buelos who took home the grand prize of 40,000 Pesos. Runners up Sergio Sta. Ana (Master Yi) and Nicholai Dizon (Ezreal) won 20,000 and 10,000 Pesos in cash, respectively.
The competition is judged by TAITRA representatives and cosplayer, gamer and video content creator Kang Dupet.
WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT IN THIS VIDEO:
The event kicked off last October 4 (Friday) and highlighted some of the top gaming products from Taiwan PC brands Asus, Aorus, InWin and many others.
The thrilling event opened its first day with an energetic dance number from Upeepz Dance Crew followed by opening remarks from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Director Mr. Wen Chun-Chang and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Director Mr. Clement Chen, who both emphasized the importance of the Taiwan ICT industry’s support for the local eSports community.
Also gracing the grand opening ceremony is actress and celebrity cosplayer Myrtle Sarrosa, who got first dibs in experiencing the products on display at the free-for-all brand booths.
Among the devices she got to try were Asus Republic of Gamers’ ROG Zephyrus S (the world’s lightest and thinnest gaming laptop), the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus WaterForce Xtreme motherboard, Aorus memory cards and video cards, AVerMedia’s plug-and-play AM310 USB microphone and Live Streamer Cam 313, InWin’s WINBOT Limited Edition Transparent Spherical case, Kingmax Semiconductor, memory cards and external portable SSDs from Transcend and T Force, Zyxel’s tri-band Wi-Fi system, and peripherals from XPG, Zadak, and G.Skill.
The product experience zone also included ten units of gaming desktops that were made available for guests to use in playing games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends.
Fans also had the chance to take photos with cosplayers dressed as their favorite game characters and jammed with pop rock band GraceNote, which added excitement to the three-day festivities.
The intense CS:GO battle on October 4 and the LoL games on October 5 were also witnessed by eSports fanatics all over the world via live streaming on the Taiwan Excellence Facebook page. Day 1 was hosted by shoutcasters Nomadph and Ilustrado, and Day 2 by G10 and Een Mercado. Celebrity cosplayer and gamer Ashley Gosiengfiao also made an appearance on October 5 to meet with her fans.
Bren Esports dominated the CS:GO tournament and won the grand prize of P56,000 in cash. Each team member also took home an Asus ROG Delta Headset, ROG Collection Shirt, ROG Armor Suite Backpack, and 2,000 Pesos worth of Sodexo Gift Certificates.
Aside from these prizes, Bren Esports also has the honor of representing the country in an upcoming CS:GO friendly match against Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup winners from Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Taiwan.
Meanwhile, CX Blanc took home the grand prize of 56,000 Pesos for the LoL tournament. Each team member also received an Asus ROG Delta Headset, ROG Collection Shirt, ROG Armor Suite Backpack, and 2,000 Pesos worth for Sodexo Gift Certificates from Taiwan Excellence.
Taking the second, third, and fourth places for the CS:GO tournament are Fallen5, WIMAX, and Station 751, respectively. For LoL, the runner up positions were nabbed by PlayLoud, Ruyal, and Archeous accordingly.
With a total prize pool of 430,000 Pesos, this has been one of the biggest eSports tournaments in the country to date. Not only the players and contestants were able to bring home prizes, guests who registered at the venue also had the chance to win prizes from the Shopping List, Guess Whose Logo, and Scavenger List games.
The 2019 Taiwan Excellence eSports Cup is organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), with partners Asus Republic of Gamers, Aorus, AVerMedia, In-Win, Kingmax, Transcend, XPG, T Force, Zadak, G.Skill, and Zyxel. For more information, like and follow the Taiwan Excellence Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TaiwanExcellence.ph/.
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