CCE's Official First Season will be kicking off in June with tournament for student esports athletes

The Collegiate Center for Esports is back once again to give the spotlight to ordinary students who aspire to be professional esports players. Paving the big stage and focusing the bright lights to these new waves of student-athletes, CCE is in a steady drive to advance esports on and off the virtual arenas.

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The regular season-by-season calendar will kick off in June and will be headlined by the same cast of ten well-known universities and colleges that also participated last year in CCE Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 5-on-5 Varsity Cup (MVC).

These are San Beda University, Arellano U, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, College of St. Benilde, Mapua U, Jose Rizal U, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Lyceum of the Philippines University.

"Following the successful launch of CCE last year, we anticipate an even better showing this year among our partner schools. We expect a more exciting and fiery competition paired with the continuous excellence, sportsmanship, values and camaraderie among all our players as the foundations of our organization," CCE commissioner Waiyip Chong said.

"Expect CCE to catapult and soar into new heights starting in our first official season. And with Galaxy Racer behind, we see a meteoric rise and improvement all for the advancement of the Esports cause in the country. It's a massive partnership that would only lead to stronger ties and nobler cause for Philippine Esports, especially in the collegiate ranks," beamed CCE president Stanley Lao.

Seeing this as a chance to expand their foothold in the Philippines, Galaxy Racer will be the official partner of CCE for this official first season. Galaxy Racer is one of the world's largest esports, gaming and lifestyle organizations.

"CCE has opened an opportunity that everybody has been waiting for. Everyone is looking forward to it, especially our collegiate athletes in a league among established collegiate institutions. This is very exciting not just for us but for the entire Esports community. It's an easy opener for us to partner with CCE," said Galaxy Racer country manager Marcia Guillermo.

Thanks to CCE, a bridge connecting the gaming world and academe is now in place. With courses and programs already established since the pandemic, it has provided platforms and future opportunities for student-athletes who desire to be a professional esports player for good.

Represented by sports project head and coach Ana Dulce Yango, the Commission on Higher Education, in partnership with CCE, will launch Friendship Games on May 20 that will feature esports as one its events.

"We have experienced and saw (the Esports rise) during the pandemic and even in the Southeast Asian Games. We envision the students, not just athletes but regular students, to be involved in such opportunities," said Peter Cayco, athletic director of Arellano.

Cayco was joined in the CCE Season 1 launch at the Santolan Town Plaza by Dax Castellano (College of St. Benilde), Estefiano Boquiron Jr. (Emilio Aguinaldo College), Paul Supan (Jose Rizal University), Fr. Vic Calvo (Colegio de San Juan de Letran), Hercules Callanta (Lyceum of the Philippines University), Melchor Divina (Mapua University), Atty. Jonas Cabochan (San Beda University), Fr. Glynn Ortega (San Sebastian College – Recoletos), and Frank Gusi (University of Perpetual Help System DALTA as well as head organizer Ssein Meneses and project manager Kirs Montales.