• Playhouse tops Smart Philippine Clash

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    Pinoy PlayHouse ruled the qualifying leg of the Smart Philippine Clash on Sunday at the Cyberzone of SM Light residences in Mandaluyong City.

    Smart and the Philippine Clash of Clans Battleground (PCCB), the biggest online community of Clash of Clan (COC) players in the country organized the nationwide event to accommodate more COC players outside Metro Manila. The tilt is a sequel to the first on-ground COC tournament held in May.

    “Gumawa na lang tayo ng nationwide [event]para hindi lang ‘yung Metro Manila [players]yung makapag-participate [We decided to organized a nationwide event in order to accommodate players living outside Metro Manila],” Anthony Esporlas, Smart product manager for games told reporters.

    The tournament is the biggest COC on-ground tournament in the Philippines. COC is a mobile massively multiplayer online game strategy video game that requires players to build their own village and armies to either defend their territory or wage a battle with other online players.

    Pinoy Playhouse bested 28 other COC clans by gathering the most number of trophies. The Filipino 24/7 finished second and Filipino Spirit third. The top three teams took home cash prizes of P25,000, P10,000 and P5,000, respectively.

    “Put more time. The more you play, the more you learn at the same time. Especially, get tips from playing experts,” PlayHouse leader Nathan Simbulan said on how one could improve his game.

    The tournament will have another qualifying legs in SM Lipa on August 8, SM Cebu on August 23, SM Davao on September 5 and SM Baguio on September 28.

    Representatives from Supercell, the Finland-based game developer and popular COC YouTube personalities like Chief Pat and Galadon are expected to grace the grand finals on September 26 at Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

    Esporlas said that they aim to promote COC and elevate it into a competitive sport that demands discipline among its players.

    Launched in 2012, COC is now the most played mobile game to date with millions of players worldwide.

    Esporla said that they are communicating with Supercell’s community manager to arrange plans on staging a world tournament anytime soon.

    “We want this to be a regular COC event and make it as an official Supercell tournament. The tournament that we are staging today is based on the rules of PCCB and not from Supercell,” he added.

    Besides the competition, the COC legs will feature exciting activities for fans such as tutorials, Cosplay competition, fun games and meet-and-greet with the COC luminaries.

    The prize at stake is P2 million, the largest ever in a local gaming competition.

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