As the country continues to grapple with the far-reaching impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the world of competitive Philippine esports has actually shown itself an ally to doctors operating at the front lines.

Taking the online gaming arena to another level, Globe by means of its co-owned esports team, Liyab Esports, has effectively rallied expert esports athletes, banners, and League of Legends fans to raise over half a million pesos in money donations for the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) as part of their COVID-19 relief efforts.

Dubbed ‘Starforge’, the online charity streaming event was launched in April 17 to 26 by Liyab and Esports AcadArena, the largest school esports effort in the Philippines.

During the two-week campaign, Group Liyab took part in online community team matches, held entertaining podcasts, and interacted with fans and the across the country gaming neighborhood. This culminated in a major Starforge event which featured a best-of-three All-Stars Face-off between teams headed by Liyab’s Kang ‘Kurd’ Yeonghwan and the group of Edrian ‘DoeDoii’ Brancia, with Team Kurd ultimately dominating a win.

Throughout the period of the occasion, World donated money when particular milestones are met. For every kill of an opposing player, dragon, or baron takedown Globe would add Php1,000 to the fund. To further reveal their support towards the video gaming neighborhood’s initiative, World contributed Php100,000 in funding upfront.

Dr. Gerardo S. Manzo, Deputy Executive Director, Event Command Post at PHC revealed his genuine appreciation to World, Group Liyab and esports enthusiasts who contributed in the initiative: “It offers us fantastic inspiration to understand that partners and communities like World and the regional esports market are also supporting us here at PHC, and all medical frontliners in the country who are continually battling the attack of COVID 19. We are grateful to Team Liyab and their fans in leading this special initiative to guarantee our staff’s security and health so that in turn, we can ensure the health and well-being of the Filipino public.”

“More than just uniting gamers and gaming lovers, we wanted to harness the reach of competitive online gaming towards opportunities to raise awareness and contributions to assist COVID-19 frontliners,” shared Jil Bausa-Go, Vice President at Content Organisation Group of World.

“Throughout these difficult times where normal sports are no longer available, it is motivating to see how esports have developed innovative and collective opportunities to bring individuals together and supply much required entertainment to raise morale,” Bausa-Go added.