Since the early 90's to 2000, Philippines as a E-Sport country focus mainly on offline competitive plays whether on pubs or laptops connected on a network on a friends' crib. Online gaming as a whole started with the introduction of PH's first MMORPG, RAGNAROK ONLINE. I remember the hype it make when it started rolling out the net with thousands of Pinoys enjoying its first multiplayer online game. It started May 2003 and running up until now.
Yearly the company that started it, hosted an event which brings gamers all over the Philippines to enjoy the company of friends, meet up with other gamers and enjoy the festivities it brings. I remember the first time I was able to attend the event and I was amaze how people are hooked up to E-Sport in a country which roughly 3/10 household have a Gaming PC and a suitable internet connection. They even hosted RWC (Ragnarok World Championships) which features RO players around the world.
Today, as many of you have heard, the Philippines suffered devastating calamities this past months, with a magnitude 7 earthquake and a category 5 typhoon HAIYAN. Many of the people including children and even infants are now homeless and less food to eat and even clean water is hard to find. Electricity for the whole island is out and may take several months to restore. For a gamer like me that is like taking away one of my basic needs. I know a lot of you can understand their situation and to tell you a lot of help has come to aid the homeless and the people in need, but nothing is enough until people from these places got up to their feet and started to walk through their hardships.
I am asking the good community to help us through this tough times. Every dollar you can donate means a lot to the families affected by this calamities.
Donataions can be sent to one of the following:
UNICEF is closely monitoring the situation and their team is ready to be deployed to ascertain needs of affected children, together with government, UN agencies and NGO partners on the ground. Text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10 to UNICEF USA to help support UNICEF’s efforts in the region. Donate here
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment and rescue teams to the areas affected by the typhoon to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts.Donate here
Children, always among the most vulnerable when disaster strikes, are in desperate need in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. You can help. Donate to Save the Children to support our vital emergency relief efforts for the children and families of the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam. Donate here
The UN World Food Programme is delivering life-saving food relief for the millions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Support its efforts here or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10. Donate here
World Vision, which has been working in the Philippines for 55 years and has 600 staff in the country, is rushing to meet the most urgent needs of food, clean water and emergency shelter for 400,000 people. Text the word HOPE to 777444 to donate $10 to World Vision's relief efforts, or make an online donation. Donate here
Thanking you in advance.
Kitt Heison "psyfher" Agito