Children to learn values like discipline, teamwork in gaming — esports group

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) — With some parents concerned over their children getting into esports, an esports group founder said egaming imparts life values.

Kailangan mo ng teamwork sa buhay, nobody can do it alone. So kailangan mong makisama sa team and together meron kayong ginagawang experience at challenge para ma-surpass,” said Bren Esports founder Bernard Chong in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Exchange with Rico Hizon.

[Translation: In life you need teamwork, nobody can do it alone. So you need to cooperate with your team as you go through experiences and challenges that need to be surpassed.]

Esports could teach kids team work to achieve something big, Chong said, adding that one person can be so skilled yet only go so far.

“At an early stage, yung mga bata natuturuan mag-teamwork, maging disiplinado…mag-usap sa mga kakampi nila para manalo and this is something na di basta-basta,” he said. “This is something na kailangan din ng bawat tao, bawat bata matutunan.”

[Translation: At an early stage, kids learn how to do teamwork, be disciplined, communicate with their teammates to win and this isn’t something simple. This is something every person, every kid should learn.]

However, the esports group founder emphasized the right thing to do is still finish education, and that gaming should only serve as an alternate path for those who cannot proceed with their studies.

Bren Esports athlete Karl “Karltzy” Nepomuceno, meanwhile, advised young aspiring esports players that practice is key to succeed in esports along with discipline, and that they should not neglect their studies. 

Nepomuceno bagged the Finals Most Valuable Player award in Bren's conquest of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M2 World Championship in late January.