Singapore-based RSG reveals expansion plans in PH e-sports arena


RSG is expanding into the Philippines, which becomes its latest overseas market after Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam. That expansion includes the development of professional e-sports teams and talent comprising of Filipino gamers.

The premier Singapore-based regional professional e-sports organization kicked off that foray into the Philippine e-sports scene by introducing its first local professional team for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB). Its new team of experienced and uprising players is set to take an exclusive slot (under the league) in the upcoming Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines Season 8.

The team, with team captain Kenneth Jiane ‘Kenji’ Villa as its leader, will train under Coach Brian ‘Panda’ Lim, who led the country’s team to obtain a Gold Medal at the 30th SEA Games. Elyson Edouard ‘Ghost Wrecker’ Caranza, one of the most popular streamers in the country with a social media fan base of 7.7 million followers, is also part of the team.

RSG Founder and CEO Jayf Soh

The lineup also includes Arvie ‘Aqua’ Calderon, Dexter ‘Exort’ Martinez, Earvin John ‘Heath’ Esperanza, Eman ‘Emann’ Sangco, Joshwell Christian ‘lyk4knu’ Manaog, Jonard Cedrix ‘Demonkite’ Caranto, and Nathaniel ‘Nathzz’ Estrologo.


Expansion into other game titles

RSG Philippines will also explore the prospects of expanding its competitive capabilities into other game titles across console, mobile, and PC platforms. It will also support local content creators and talent and at the same time explore long-term collaborations with the aim of further raising mass awareness and interest in e-sports.

“With the second largest population in Southeast Asia, the Philippines has a highly enthusiastic e-sports community that has grown rapidly in recent years,” said RSG Founder and CEO Jayf Soh. “As the e-sports scene gathers momentum in the region, RSG is proud to be one of the first few regional e-sports organizations to expand our presence and support the development of the local e-sports industry.”

Soh added that RSG hopes to bring to local fans the organization’s experience in developing e-sports champions, driving innovation in creating and engaging fans, and pursuing excellence through the trademark RSG spirit. “We will be working together with stakeholders and fans to educate the masses about e-sports and contribute to a more robust ecosystem as we aspire to be the leading e-sports organization here,” Soh said.

RSG PH Country Manager Richardson ‘RJ’ Jacinto

Prospects in PH

The Philippines was the 25th biggest e-sports market in the world in 2019, based on data released by market researcher Newzoo. That year, the country recorded 43 million gamers, who collectively spend US$572 million on games. Moreover, based on Digital 2021 report by Dataportal, up to 72.1% of the 73.91 million internet users in the country (aged 16 to 64) use gaming apps every month.

RSG PH has tapped e-sports veteran Richardson ‘RJ’ Jacinto as its Country Manager. Jacinto will use his expertise in business development, marketing, and project management to concentrate on the development and nurturing of young local talent as well as launching efforts to help further grow the local e-sports industry.