THE LausGroup Eagles reigned supreme in the entire Asia Pacific (APAC) region after recently conquering the APAC Steal Open Qualifiers sponsored by US-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase for National Basketball Association (NBA) 2K Leagues.
In the tournament that featured competitors from Korea, Australia and the Philippines—the team, one of the country’s premier NBA 2K Leagues sponsored by Countryside Entertainment Inc., swept their opponents in the second round and earned a 3-1 victory in the finals to bag $2500 the champions’ purse.
The team is composed of Isaiah Vincent “LGE_ice” Alindada, Dominic “LGE_Domo” Penaflorida, and Paolo Jerald “LGE_Papa” Madronio, will represent APAC in the Coinbase NBA 2KL Steal Open in Indianapolis, Indiana, in August where they will be up against 14 NBA 2KL teams and one amateur team from Europe.
Led by veteran coach Al Timajo and team manager Ian Seranilla, the Eagles are confident that their recent win will serve as a major milestone for online basketball gaming in the Philippines.
“The LausGroup Eagles are excited to represent the country and the entire Asia Pacific in the US tournament,” Timajo said. “This is a huge achievement for the team and we will do our best to continue raising the bar for Philippine esports.”
Paul Laus, president of Countryside Entertainment Inc., and the LausGroup Eagles, said that the achievement shows that the team is a force to be reckoned with in online basketball not just in the Philippines, but in the whole of APAC.
“Based on the APAC qualifiers, our team’s hard work, long hours of training and commitment proved that Filipino e-athletes can go up against the bigger leagues on the global stage,” Laus said. “I am really proud of what this team has accomplished, and we look forward to raising the bar of Philippine online basketball for the years to come.”
Pampanga-based conglomerate LGC founded Countryside Entertainment Inc. in 2015 as the pioneer organizer of NBA 2K Veterans League in the Philippines—the only professional online basketball tournament in the country. CEI organizes online basketball leagues and other games to develop local talents for competitive online sports, as part of its efforts to advance the Philippine esports industry.