MANILA, Philippines — Once again, PBA has made strides towards drawing the much-loved game nearer to Filipino fans, just as it has done for decades.
Recently, Asia’s inaugural pro league introduced its newest venture – a shift towards the increasingly popular e-sports, with the formal initiation of the PBA Esports Bakbakan: StreetBallers game organised by Playpark at the Dark League Studios head office in Libis, Quezon City, yesterday.
The PBA Esports initiative, in conjunction with Dark League Studios, attracted eight teams nationwide to compete for the premier StreetBallers title, a mirror of the traditional basketball matches that Filipinos have always cherished, albeit in a 3×3 format.
“It’s the most similar online game to the traditional Philippine version. Finally, a real basketball game in a threes format!,” remarked Dark League Studios CEO, AC Valdenor.
This marks the second Esports contest for both PBA and Dark League Studio, following a successful Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) competition among the league’s twelve franchise teams in the previous summer.
StreetBallers encapsulates an average street ball match tradition in the Philippines, featuring three players per team.