Resolution No. 2017-21 by the Games and Amusement Board provides “guidelines governing the conduct of esports in the Philippines”. The resolution was signed in October 2017 and contains details regarding the responsibilities of players and organizers involved in professional esports in the Philippines.

In the second section seen above, the resolution’s coverage is stated to include any tournament involving prizes of value not exceeding ten thousand pesos. Basically, this means any tournament with a total prize exceeding ten thousand pesos in value is considered professional esports.

Following that in the third section are details regarding the licensing requirements for persons, entities, or associations involved in professional esports. Among these requirements is a mandatory Drug Test for THC and Methamphetamine.

Different license fees will be imposed depending on a person’s involvement in professional esports. These fees can range from Php 1,200 to Php 800 with an additional fee for the legal research fund. The license provided by the Games and Amusements Board for players will be valid for one year, while all other licenses will be valid for two years.

Tournaments that fall under professional esports require permits from the Games and Amusements Board. Organizers will have to file an application for this permit at least ten days before their events. A fee of Php 800 per day will be charged for this permit.

The Games and Amusements Board will have a share on the income of the professional esports event including 3% of the gross gate receipts and income from TV, radio, and motion picture rights not later than 15 days from the date of the tournament. Organizers will also be required to deposit 50% of the estimated 3% share of the Games and Amusements Board prior to their events.

Finally, all professional Filipino esports players will need authorization from the Games and Amusements Board before competing in professional esports tournaments abroad.

 

General Effect on the FGC

Any video game tournament with a prize pool greater than Php 10,000 will be considered professional esports and will require every participating player to apply for a professional license. This obviously includes the different major tournaments held in the country including Brawlfest at ESGS, REV Major Philippines, and Manila Cup. These majors aside, even tournaments held by smaller organizers occasionally go past the Php 10,000 prize pool and these tournaments would automatically be considered professional esports by the Games and Amusements Board and will require licenses from participating players.

Organizers will also have to coordinate with the Games and Amusements Board as soon as their tournaments turn professional. Though the resolution requires licenses for anyone involved in professional esports, the Games and Amusements Board currently only asks this from players.

The biggest fighting game tournaments are held in other countries (EVO, TEKKEN World Tour, Mastercup, SEAM etc.) Before participating in these prestigious tournaments, players will need authorization from the Games and Amusements Board.

This resolution is continuously being discussed and developed by the Games and Amusements Board with advisors from the local esports scene. Changes to the resolution will be made with the future of esports in the country in mind as time passes. For now, what do you think about these guidelines?

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