WASD's Bird's Eye View of ESGS 2017

So, it’s now the second year that WASD Philippines covered the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS). Personally, it’s my third ESGS to date and I am amazed at the speed and scope of the growth of this event over the past few years.

We at WASD don’t consider ourselves to be gaming experts; although all of us are gamers of one color or another, we think that commenting on the status of the local gaming industry. WASD believes that it’s best left to the experts who jump from one event to another covering as many aspects of it as possible.

However, we can always comment on all things FPS – after all, this is what WASD is supposed to be, right?

That’s why WASD presents to you its bird’s eye view of one of the largest local gaming conventions of the year!

Project Xandata

The first thing that comes to mind when ESGS and FPS are mentioned is Project Xandata. Last year, Secret 6 debuted the title and it was well-received by the Filipino FPS community despite the fact that it was new as hell. After all, who could imagine that a Filipino-made game inspired by Philippine mythology would see the light at such an event?

Needless to say, from a five-man team last year, they’ve expanded their team to 40 or so people who work on the different aspects of the game. The game looks more polished in terms of gameplay and balance; although there are still some bugs in the game, Project Xandata looks to be promising in terms of its potential to be a top local FPS title.

They’ve also succeeded in conducting a small invitational tournament as well as inviting people to do free play sessions at their booth. Judging from the number of people who participated, Secret 6 should be really happy about the player turnout this year.

I may be a player with limited skill, but I’m sure as hell excited about this game.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Oddly enough, despite its rising popularity, none of the major CS stakeholders in the country (Mineski, WASD and Havoc) have conducted a CS:GO tournament this year inside the ESGS grounds.

This may look like a sore point, but if one thinks that there has been a lot of ongoing tournaments this year, then missing CS:GO in this year’s ESGS is not entirely a bad thing at all.

General Terms

The event was well-organized; the staff was well-equipped to deal with the problems that they’ve faced and the people were generally helpful to the audience.

In addition, ESGS was really jam-packed with people from all walks of life; this shows how far ESGS has come (from being branded as Pinoy Gaming Festival a couple of years ago).

Hoping to see bigger and better events like this in the upcoming years!



ESGS Through my Eyes (2016)

Faex's Takes on ESGS (2016)

Earl Carlo "dreamslayer28" Guevarra is the head editor for Play on WASD. His work is forthcoming in CSGO2ASIA, Crossfire Stars and GAMURS.

Formerly the lead FPS writer for eSports by INQUIRER.

People say he loves fruit juice :)