Philippine Collegiate Championship reveals new National League format and announces new partnerships for its Next Gen program

Last May 30, the Collegiate Center of Esports (CCE) revealed that they are preparing for a bigger and broader second season of the Philippine Collegiate Championship as they have revealed a new format for its National League. They have also introduced key partners for its Next Gen program.

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With the success that the first season got during its two-day finale, the organization has decided that they will be adding Call of Duty: Mobile to its national tournament along with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. This decision was made so that more aspiring esports professional athletes from around the country can participate in the tournament.

In the tournament road map that was presented at the event, it was revealed that PCC will have two phases. First is the four Regional Cups in the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and the second is the National League Finals that will take place in Quezon City.

For the Regional Cup, collegiate teams can join through an open qualifier that will be played in a single elimination format. The top eights teams that will emerge in this elimination round will then play in a best-of-three series. The winners from this round will then advance to the semifinals that will be played in a best-of-three double elimination format.

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The hailed champion teams from the Regional Cups will get a direct qualification to the PCC National Finals, taking four of the eight slots available. On the other hand, the runner-ups will have their second round of matches for the last chance qualifier of the National League. They will be fighting the survivors from the first round to get one of the four slots available in the Finals.

Registration for MLBB started last May 24 and it is still open until June 16. However, for CODM, registrations will start on July 13 until August 4. Note, multiple teams from one school can participate and register for the open qualifiers but it will depend on the size of the school.

Additionally, CCE has also announced their partnership with WP Gaming and Japan-based esports and marketing company Lunatone Inc. for its The Next Gen program, which is an internship program that focuses on preparing Filipino students for possible future careers in the esports industry.

“Gusto ko magkaroon ng experience ang mga bata sa professional esports para maexperience nila yung paano maging professional which is in line with their careers. Sila naman sa WP/Gaming and Lunatone Inc. yung career and experience para pagdating ng araw sanay na sila,” said CCE chief executive officer who was joined by Ean Goquinco, marketing lead of WP/Gaming and Baro Hyun, founder and CEO of Lunatone Inc.

There will be at least five lucky students that will be chosen after the program concludes and they will be flying to Japan for a seven-day all-expense paid trip to attend the Tokyo Game Show 2024.
 

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