MAKATI CITY | Gaming startup Eplayment recently closed a deal with the Philippines’ IT and software maverick Multisys to support ESports grassroots development.
“We are all excited with this development as it puts our multi-platform at the forefront of gaming and esports in the Philippines and probably even in the Southeast Asian region,” Eplayment CEO Karlos Naidas said.
Founded early this year, Eplayment is pushing ahead of the pack with its esports publication (ESports News PH, also on Facebook), gaming marketplace and its “ePayGames” electronic payment platform for gamers which is scheduled for launch by late August. Multisys signed on as exclusive tech partner last month to deliver Eplayment’s multi-platform requirements such as its payment gateway, marketplace, tech support and other development needs.
“These are exciting times in the world of gaming and esports as Filipinos have time and again been winning tournaments across the globe. And my company’s partnership with Eplayment is a testament of our support in helping develop esports from the grassroots,” stated Almirol.
Eplayment’s COO, May-I Padilla, on the other hand, revealed that, “the deal is timely because Multisys’ track record gives our company added speed and brain power in expanding our capabilities.”
Almirol, who traces his humble beginnings initially as an OFW from Isabela and upon his return to the country-turned-techpreneur, is proud of his decision to personally help the esports industry through Eplayment. He sees the parallel benefits that Multisys business partners will also have in riding the rising tide of esports and gaming. Almirol, an avid gamer in his younger days, is proud of having Multisys power the core technologies of a gaming ecosystem the Eplayment is building.
Last year, PLDT acquired 45.43% of Almirol’s Multisys Technologies Corporation for 2.15 billion pesos as it positioned PLDT as a telecoms and digital services provider with core software development capabilities.
Eplayment also recently launched ESportsPH.com (and Facebook page @EsportsNewsPH.com) as its media arm. Padilla, who also acts as the site’s Publisher, said, “We want to put our foot in the door of Philippine esports by helping spread the word about the need for grassroots development of this sunshine industry.”
“EsportsPH.com is an important part of our gaming multi-platform wherein we plan on building an ecosystem of sorts that is crucial to the growth of gaming and esports. We simply need to get the word out there that the Philippines has always been an esports powerhouse,” Padilla added. Padilla and Naidas are set to represent the Philippines to cover TI9, the largest esports event in the world, in Shanghai, this month.
Last June, EsportsPH.com (through its Facebook page @EsportsNewsPH.com) exclusively streamed the finals of DICT’s “Kalasag” – the first esports tournament for government employees – in celebration of National ICT Month.
Eplayment is poised to launch its ePayGames payment solution through the first Philippine all-female esports tournament Liga Adarna this month. This is in partnership with Mogul, a premier global esports tournament company based in the US. Eplayment’s launch of Liga Adarna will further push its advocacy of grassroots esports development in the country. Multisys’ tech partnership with Eplayment is said to further increase the latter’s fiscal position and valuation.