First announced last year, the country’s first-ever franchise-based esports league — The Nationals is finally starting! The first season of The Nationals starts this March 2019, and will feature two conferences for the following three titles: Dota 2 (PC), Tekken 7 (Console), and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (Mobile).
As for the teams in The Nationals, the following six have been confirmed so far: Bren Epro, Cignal Ultra, Suha (Execration), Happy Feet Emperors, STI , and PLDT Smart. All six teams will have representatives for the league’s three games.
“With the start of The Nationals, we are taking a significant step in achieving the maturity and accountability needed for our players to mature and be more competitive. The Nationals can provide stability, exposure, and opportunity for raw talents – of which we have aplenty – so that they can be harnessed to their full potential,” said Ren Vitug, The Nationals Commissioner.
While The National’s maiden season officially starts this March, the league already held the “Road to the Nationals” a few months back. The Road to the Nationals served as a feeder tournament for the main league, and it was able to showcase the skills of the PH’s top esports talents to The Nationals’ franchises.
The Nationals kicks off on March 17. You can watch the games at eGG Channel on Cignal TV and at 5 Plus in ESPN5.