After doing the drama Walang Hanggang Paalam and getting ready for his upcoming series Marry Me, Marry You, actor Paulo Avelino revealed his latest business venture with esports company LuponWXC which he considers to be part of a growing and promising part of a new kind of entertainment industry.
“Ito ang latest venture ko and tina-try namin lahat ng kaya namin para ipasok rin sa mas mainstream na market. I think this industry is also entertainment at the end of the day. At kung entertainment ito, parang in the future I’m sure there’s going to be more projects, more plans, and hopefully makasama namin kayo pag nangyari yung mga yun,” he shared during the LuponWXC mediacon last May 11.
Even though he is known as a leading man in many Kapamilya projects on TV and movies, Paulo said he has always been a gamer at heart when he was young.
“Nagsimula ako bata pa talaga ako. Lumaki ako naglalaro ng Counterstrike so lumaki talaga ako nagrerenta ng PC sa Baguio at daming mga gamers dun. Habang tumatagal, ang tagal ko na ring nagtatrabaho sa industriyang ito, naisip ko bakit hindi ko balikan yung mga paborito kong gawin nung bata ako which is one, gaming, pagmomotor, so dun nag-start. Pero ang role ko talaga dito sa Lupon is nagbabantay ako ng quality, chine-check ko na ayos lagi ang equipment tapos marami pang on the side (laughs),” he said.
Partnering with LuponWXC founder and local gaming icon Nico “KuyaNic” Nazario, Paulo said he and his business partners aim to level up the quality of esports and gamers here in the country.
“Yung una, parang tina-try namin yung best namin na i-up yung quality lagi. So ang daming ininvest na equipment, ilaw, camera, computers tapos at the same time yung building pa. Constant siya. Sumasabay lagi sa times at sa technology din kung anong bago. Very solid na kasi yung foundation nila for DOTA and ML so tina-try pa namin i-broaden or ikalat pa sa Pilipinas and I see this industry becoming probably not as big as the showbiz industry but almost tapping into that. Kasi andun na eh, nakikita niyo na lahat ng streamers sa Facebook, sila Doggie, sila Alodia, they get thousands and thousands of viewers. Kumbaga gusto talaga namin na patibayin pa itong industriya para mapakinabangan nating lahat in the future,” he explained.
Paulo said he has also been providing support to gamers who do not have access to the same resources he has. “Marami rin akong tinutulungan na local streamers na nasa gaming din. So siyempre marami akong ino-order abroad na wala dito na gamit para ma-improve yung quality ng stream nila or mas maging maging convenient sa kanila,” he added.
Now that he is not just an actor, producer, but business owner as well, Paulo said he will make an effort to give time and manage his different passions in life.
“Worse ako pagdating sa time management eh. Ako talaga yung pinaka malala pero ang ginagawa ko lagi, pagkagising ko gagawin ko lahat ng tingin kong magagawa kong trabaho. Tapos pagkatapos nun, maglalaro na ako (laughs). Joke lang. Pero prina-prioritize ko lang yung mga kailangan gawin,” he said.