Paulo Avelino shared that online gaming is one of the industries that was not greatly affected by the ongoing pandemic since last year. The star of the upcoming series Marry Me, Marry You explained the rise in popularity of this relatively new industry in the country.
“Nag-start actually lahat nung naging mainstream ng Twitch. Ang Twitch is an online platform na puwede mag-stream yung mga tao na parang ginagawa ng Facebook ngayon. Pero yun ang nagbigay ng opportunities for a lot of people kasi napapanuod yung personalities at the same time nakikita mo kung anong ginagawa niya, kung anong nilalaro niya. Dun nagsimula yun at dun lumaki. Dun dumami yung talents at dun din dumami yung mga nag-si-stream.
“And with Facebook and YouTube opening live streams for gaming as well, parang din rin nagkaroon ng madaming opportunities yung mga fellow Filipinos natin to stream and play. We’re trying to keep it as safe as possible for all ages. Kumbaga sinasabi naman namin kung may mga hindi kanais nais na sinasabi sa stream. Pero itong pandemic ito ang isa sa mga industriya na hindi masyado naapektuhan. Naapektuhan lang siya in a way na natigil ang mga live events pero nag-boom pa rin siya,” he said.
The 33-year-old actor and entrepreneur said he and his business partners at LuponWXC have a lot of plans for the future of the company.
“Actually kung tutuusin marami dahil kumbaga ang dami naming gusto gawin pero hindi namin magawa kasi madaming kino-consider bago namin puntahan. So isa sa mga kino-consider namin number one budget. Number two pandemic tapos mas maraming tao na kailangan. So inuunti unti namin para pag umabot na sa time na mag-e-expand na kami or magagawa na namin yung gusto namin gawin for Lupon, wala kaming masasagasaan or sigurado kami na ready kami,” he shared.
LuponWXC is currently constructing their world-class facility in Cavite which will house multiple studios for their production needs.
“Ang madalas kasing nangyayari sa gaming industry and not just gaming companies and e-sports teams, may funding coming from investors most probably from abroad. And as much as possible ayaw namin, gusto namin i-maintain na parang lahat ng ginagawa namin nasa Pilipinas muna.
“Ang pinaka masaya talaga sa e-sports kapag may team na mag-re-represent ng Pilipinas tapos lumalaban abroad. Tapos nakaka-excite siya dahil Filipino pride like pag si Pacquiao sinuportahan natin all out tayo. Pero mas exciting makita na makuha nila yung prize. Like ang DOTA ata ang total prize nasa $40M for this year so ang sarap makakita na may mga teams nanakakapasok from the Philippines. Yun rin siguro reason kung bakit ang taas ng viewership ng MPL, yunn yung official broadcast ng Mobile Legends. Sometimes it also comes from the casting, kumbaga yung mga shout casters na nagsasabi kung anong nangyayari sa game.”
With parents concerned about the addictive nature of online games, Paulo said gamers need to know their priorities.
“Of course to all the young gamers out there, it’s always nice to balance things out. Kumbaga know your priorities at kapag alam mo siguro yung priorities mo, ma-ba-balance out mo yung oras mo for gaming and other real life stuff. Pero don’t be scared if you think that kapag tingin may future ka sa larangan na ito na e-sports or gaming. Don’t be scared because maybe after five or 10 years when they grow up I’m sure it’ll be an even bigger industry than it is now,” he said.
Paulo said he grew up with people having many misconceptions about the gaming industry and he hopes his company LuponWXC can help change that. “Nasanay kami na sinasabihan na walang future sa gaming. And siguro ngayon na marami ng nag-open na opportunities, masaya lang ako na nagkakaroon na, actually marami ng opportunities to build a career in gaming,” he added.