MANILA, Philippines– Mineski Philippines’ Youth Esports Program (YEP) has actually introduced a 2nd run of its National Interschool Cyber League (NICL), this time including the extremely popular DOTA 2.

This comes following the success of the inaugural leg of NICL, which had Riot Video game’s Valorant as the highlight.

The choice of video game for Leg 2 is nostalgic for Mineski Global CEO and founder Ronald Robins.

“Completing in DOTA competitions has actually opened a lot of doors for me, and I desire to recreate that for today’s youth by providing more accessible and more structured programs like YEP and NICL. Suffice to state, the second leg of NICL is extremely close to my heart, and I am inviting all qualified students to get involved,” stated Robins.

Robins, an expert DOTA player in the early 2000s, eventually went on to establish Mineski from a chain of web cafés to among Southeast Asia’s most significant esports organizations.

NICL is the banner program under YEP that is in partnership with the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL), which aims to establish esports and promote accountable video gaming amongst Filipino students.

“Over the years, video gaming in the Philippines has evolved from its representative of casual pastime and is now being acknowledged worldwide as a legitimate sport. YEP, through NICL, aims to continually redefine esports for trainees and schools and deal with them to incorporate esports into their varsity programs,” said YEP Program Director Marlon Marcelo.

Interested students might head to YEP’s Facebook page for registration and for additional info. Registration ends on January 29.