Building a Philippine esports legacy





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Photo courtesy of Anton Artajo

THERE WAS much fanfare in the Philippine esports community when Call of Duty: Mobile (CODM) was launched in October 2019. Nearly a year since then, Filipino gaming organizations have achieved noteworthy success in the first-person shooter game. Among the country’s top CODM organizations is Tyrant Gaming. In June 2020, Tyrant Gaming was crowned the number one clan across the Southeast Asian (SEA) server for CODM’s Season 4 Ranked Multiplayer. However, behind this spectacular feat is an organization that grew from humble beginnings.

A necessary jumpstart

Founded by cousins Anton Artajo and Paolo Olegario in 2012, Tyrant Gaming was originally a 10-member gaming community that was devoted to the newly-released Call of Duty: Black Ops II (COD: Black Ops II). Originally composed of their family and friends, the group did not intend to be a competitive organization. However, Artajo cited that the release of the new game served as the catalyst for clan formation. “This was the foundation of Tyrant Gaming,” he shared.

With their shared interest for COD, Tyrant Gaming went full steam ahead in improving their game play. However, the release of Sony’s Playstation 4 (PS4) in 2o13 unexpectedly led the group to slowly drift apart as it meant that the…



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